John HOWARTH : Written explanations of vote 

Members can submit a written explanation of their vote in plenary. Rule 183

2018 budgetary procedure (A8-0359/2017 - Siegfried Mureşan, Richard Ashworth)  

I and my Socialist and Democrat colleagues abstained in the vote on the 2018 Budget. We felt that the Council had failed to negotiate seriously around the priorities of Parliament and hope that the Council will respond positively at the next negotiations. By abstaining, rather than voting against the Budget, we allowed the 2018 Budget to be adopted including increased allocations for Labour priorities such as Horizon 2020, Erasmus+, COSME, security, the Youth Employment Initiative and the EU Europol Agency, for which we have argued throughout the process.


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