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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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Post-Brexit Multi-annual Financial Framework: the ideal moment to relaunch the European project


Following today’s presentation today by the European Commission in a plenary session of the European Parliament in Brussels of the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027, EDP Delegate General Gérard Deprez welcomed the European Commission's willingness to give more autonomy budget to the European Union: ““We as the Parliament said that we will not accept a new [long-term budget] without own resources. We are determined.”

According to the initial Treaty of Rome, the European Economic Community was to be financed by national contributions for a transitional period only and subsequently by a system of own resources.

He explained on the own resources issue to the European Commission that: “You are right to do so, in line with Article 311 of the Treaty, which has been badly applied in recent years. And you are right because you know that the European Parliament has created an irrefutable link between the adoption of the MFF and the introduction of a new system of own resources. "

The Parliamentary Rapporteur on the Own Resources System also pointed out that: "The package you are introducing allows you to diversify the sources of income. I welcome the fact that it reflects the tracks opened by the Monti report and the report that my colleague Janusz Lewandowski and I have adopted in plenary"

For the Belgian MEP : " The current system based on member states' gross national income was "illogical and incomprehensible" as well "complex" due to rebates and exemptions."

He concluded that ““It's the ideal moment to relaunch the European project and say what we want to do together. It's a new situation. This isn’t always the case so we have to take advantage of it."

On another hand, Irish MEP Marian Harkin stressed regarding the 5% overall cut in CAP: “Commissioner Oettinger says we are bridging Brexit gap by 50%. Bad news for farmers.”