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Wednesday, 30 November 2016 - Brussels Revised edition

2017 budgetary procedure: joint text (debate)

  Richard Ashworth (ECR). – Mr President, this budget responds to the migration, security and agricultural crises in a manner that is both timely and appropriate, and that is welcome, but I wish to express one reservation. Whilst I share my colleagues’ concerns about youth unemployment, I am not convinced of the value of the Youth Employment Initiative. In common with the views of the European Court of Auditors, I too have seen plenty of similar schemes which actually deliver very little by way of value for money. Surely the two things that young people need most is, firstly, a quality education and training system, and, secondly, a strong, growing economy that creates job opportunities for all. Finally, may I finish with a word to Vice-President Georgieva. Commissioner, you have achieved a huge amount. Through your formidable skills you have transformed the budget, and you leave behind you a legacy which is huge and valuable. For that, we offer you our thanks, and we wish you well in your new job at the World Bank.

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