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Overwhelming support for Marie-Pierre Vedrenne’s report on strengthening Europe’s trade response
Laurence Farreng EP


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Multiannual financial framework: "the Council must commit itself to four points"

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Marielle de Sarnez, EDP Secretary-General, welcomed "that the European Parliament has expressed, thrugh an overwhelming majority, a clear position on the draft multiannual financial framework 2014-2020, by asking the Council's commitment upon four key points."

"The Council shall proceed without delay to put its past debts without postponing them to future years: the Union will not suffer deficits, already estimated at nearly 17 billion euros, failing to meet its commitments," said the French MEP.

"It will bring total flexibility between headings and time because the long-term budget must be supple enough to deal with new challenges. Such flexibility must go even beyond and offer the possibility to revise the budget. In the context of changing economic and political climate, we can no longer afford to decide once and for all directions for the next seven years. All the more that members of the Parliament elected in 2014 should have the opportunity to revisit on the budget if they will," she explains.

Finally, "we must turn the page on this budgeting method. It is more than time to implement genuine own resources for the EU budget. These would gradually replace the current system based on national contributions and put an end to small bargaining," said Marielle de Sarnez.

"Our Parliament has more than ever the duty to drag Europe up and it starts with a healthy and fair budget," she concluded.