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Parliament approves EU aid for redundant workers in Greece and Ireland

Plenary Session Budget25-03-2015 - 19:16

More than 2,000 workers made redundant in Greece and Ireland in 2014 will receive EU aid worth €11.3 million to help them find jobs, Parliament decided on Wednesday. The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid has already been approved by the EU Council of Ministers. (Read more: Parliament approves EU aid for redundant workers in Greece and Ireland )

 
EU budget management © BELGA/EASYFOTOSTOCK  

The European Commission managed its 2013 EU budget funds according to the rules, so Parliament should grant it a “discharge” (approval) for that year, said the Budgetary Control Committee on Tuesday. MEPs nonetheless criticised high administrative error rates in agriculture, regional and employment policy spending, which is managed mainly by EU member states. Parliament’s own management of EU funds in 2013 was also approved, in a separate vote. (Read more: EU budget management: Commission and Parliament spending for 2013 approved )

 
Vote on the EU budget discharge ©BELGA/BELPRESS/P.Clement  

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and four EU/private new-technology partnerships must do more to show that their EU funds for 2013 were well spent before the European Parliament approves their accounts, said Budgetary Control Committee MEPs on Monday. (Read more: EU budget management:innovation agency and ITER project fail 2013 discharge test )

 

More than 2,000 workers made redundant in Greece and Ireland in 2014 should receive EU aid worth €11.3 million to help them find jobs, the Budgets Committee recommended on Monday. The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid still has to be approved by Parliament as a whole. (Read more: Budgets Committee approves EU aid for redundant workers in Greece and Ireland )

 

EP must have bigger role in new investment fund, say budget and economics MEPs

BUDG ECON Budget / Economic and monetary affairs12-03-2015 - 10:32

Parliament should have a bigger role in supervising the operations of the new European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI), in selecting its top officials and in the decisions on how to feed the guarantee fund, says the draft report by the budgets and the economic and monetary affairs committees, presented and discussed on Thursday in Strasbourg. (Read more: EP must have bigger role in new investment fund, say budget and economics MEPs )

 

Next year’s EU budget priorities should be to foster growth by supporting job-creation, firms and entrepreneurship; to show solidarity with countries both inside and outside the EU; and to put EU finances in order by tackling the overdue payments backlog and reforming the EU's revenue system, said Parliament in a resolution passed on Wednesday. (Read more: Growth, solidarity and paying the bills are Parliament's 2016 budget priorities )

 

Some 3,000 workers made redundant in Belgium, Germany and Poland in 2013-2014 will receive EU aid worth €6.3million to help them find jobs, approved by Parliament on Tuesday. The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid was approved also by the EU Council of Ministers on 9 March. (Read more: EU job-search aid to go to redundant workers in Belgium, Germany and Poland )

 

Juncker investment plan must complement other EU tools, say MEPs

BUDG ECON Budget / Economic and monetary affairs02-03-2015 - 18:40

The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) must focus on currently underfunded areas, so as to complement, not duplicate, other EU budget tools, said MEPs at Monday’s expert hearing on the Juncker investment plan proposals. The hearing was held by the Budgets and Economic and Monetary Affairs committees with a view to shaping legislation for the investment plan. (Read more: Juncker investment plan must complement other EU tools, say MEPs )

 

Some 3,000 workers made redundant in Belgium, Germany and Poland in 2013-2014 should receive EU aid worth €6.3million to help them find jobs, the Budgets Committee recommended on Thursday. The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid still has to be approved by Parliament as a whole and the Council of Ministers. (Read more: EU job-search aid for redundant workers in Belgium, Germany and Poland )

 

Next year’s EU budget priorities should be fostering growth by helping employment, enterprises and entrepreneurship, showing solidarity both within the EU and with countries outside it and putting EU finances in order by tackling the overdue payments backlog and reforming the EU revenue system, say Budgets Committee MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. (Read more: Growth, solidarity and paying the bills: budget MEPs vote 2016 budget priorities )