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EP’s rapporteur for the EU Budget 2018 Siegfried Mureşan deplores that the member states decided to cut down the Commission’s proposal “mechanically” by €1.2 billion.

“The Council’s position on the EU Draft Budget 2018 is in contradiction with its own political commitments. Member States are proposing indiscriminate, mechanical cuts to the very priorities that they put forward at the beginning of the year.

 

Investments in economic growth, research and infrastructure are reduced by €750 million. These are the main tools that bring real added value to our economies and create jobs. Currently, many research projects fail to obtain financing simply because EU funds are not sufficient. And what does Council do? Further cuts into those lines, thus endangering our investments in the future.

 

This attitude will not be accepted by the European Parliament who remains committed to ensuring the EU with a meaningful budget for 2018, which puts at its core jobs and growth, on the one hand and the security of its citizens, on the other”, said the general rapporteur for the 2018 EU budget Siegfried Mureşan (EPP, RO).

 

The Council decided to cut down the Commission’s draft budget for 2018 by €1.2 billion in commitments (-0,75%) and by €795.5 million in payments (-0,55%). The Commission's draft budget 2018 amounts to €159 551,2 million in commitment appropriations and €144 805,5 million in payment appropriations (figures excluding special instruments EUSF, EGF, EAR).

Parliament’s position on the 2018 draft budget so far:

 

European Parliament resolution of 5 July 2017 on the mandate for the trilogue on the 2018 draft budget

 

European Parliament resolution of 15 March 2017 on general guidelines for the preparation of the 2018 budget

 

Next steps

 

The Committee on Budgets will lay down its position on the draft 2018 EU budget in votes on the 25 and 28 September and on 10 October. The plenary vote is expected to take place on 25 October. The conciliation period, during which the Budgetary Authority (European Parliament and Council of the EU) negotiates an agreement starts on 31 October and ends on 20 November. The European Parliament will then vote on the agreement during the November II plenary session (30 November).