Jean Arthuis (ALDE, FR), Chair of the Committee on Budgets, travelled on Tuesday to the Gaza Strip. He visited EU-funded projects aimed at promoting sustainable economic development and empowerment of women as well as infrastructure projects in the water sector, such as the North Gaza Emergency Sewage Treatment Plant NGEST and recently inaugurated Water Desalination Plant in Deir Bala, next to Khan Yunis. (Read more)
Members of Parliament’s Budgets and Economic and Monetary Affairs committees debated the need for a euro area budget with finance ministers Jeroen Dijsselbloem (Netherlands, also Euro Group President), Michel Sapin (France), Pier Carlo Padoan (Italy), Pierre Gramegna (Luxembourg), Peter Kažimír (Slovakia), Edward Scicluna (Malta) and Euclid Tsakalotos (Greece) on Monday evening. (Read more)
The EU needs to update its long-term spending plan to cope with unforeseen crises such as mass migration, terrorism and youth unemployment, says the Budgets Committee in a resolution voted on Wednesday. The text is intended as an input to the forthcoming EU Commission’s proposal to revise the EU’s multiannual financial framework (MFF) for 2014-2020. The update should also tackle the recurring backlog of overdue EU payments, and look beyond 2020, add MEPs. (Read more)
Welcome to the website of the Committee on Budgets in the European Parliament, which is one of the two arms of the EU budget authority, the other being the Council. The committee, which has 41 full members and an equal number of substitute members, discusses, amends and adopts the Union budget together with the Council.
The primary function of the EU Member States’ parliaments, alongside law-making, has always been to approve taxation. In contrast, the European Union cannot raise taxes, as this is a prerogative that remains within the remit of the Member States and will continue to do so until such time as the EU is given its own resources. The EU does, however, have a budget with which to fund European policies and run the European institutions.
I intend to devote all my energy, experience and know-how to making the EU budget a genuine driving force for growth and jobs. With this in mind, I am determined to ensure that the opportunity which the mid-term review of the multiannual financial framework provides for a thorough renegotiation of that framework with the Council is seized. We will also be addressing a number of other important issues, including the budget for the euro zone, the introduction of a genuine own-resources system and the long-standing problem of outstanding commitments. The Committee on Budgets intends to do everything within its power to give the EU a new impetus and a new meaning.
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