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Wednesday, 23 October 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Discharge 2017: EU general budget - European Council and Council (A9-0010/2019 - Isabel García Muñoz)

  Bill Newton Dunn (Renew). – Mr President, I couldn’t support the proposal to refuse discharge on the Council of Ministers. The Council is a dreadful body; it’s totally secretive and it damages trust of the public in the EU, and they should be ashamed and should clean out their own stables, but refusing discharge is the wrong approach. The Council will then start to amend our budget, then we will start to amend their budget and we end up in a pointless war, wasting everybody’s time.

A much better procedure for dealing with the Council’s secretiveness is for us to highlight individual examples of how the Council wastes money: exotic meetings in exotic locations for the ministers when they don’t have much to discuss, and many other ways that they waste money and this is not the moment to express them. That would be the way to open up and shame them into transparency and spending taxpayers’ money properly.

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