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Monday, 22 October 2018 - Strasbourg Revised edition

General budget of the European Union for 2019 - all sections (debate)

  Nedzhmi Ali (ALDE). – Madam President, in discussing next year’s EU budget I would like to draw your attention to several topics.

Firstly, concerning the budget of the European Parliament. The overall figure is at a level of EUR 1.999 billion. Thus Parliament’s share of Heading 5 will stay at the level of 18.5%, which is the lowest in the last 15 years.

Secondly, concerning the budgets of other institutions. Their importance for the implementation of the Union’s policies is significant. If we want these institutions to function with the highest possible effectiveness they should be properly financed. We propose to restore the cuts to the budgets of the European Court of Justice, the Committee of the Regions, the Economic and Social Committee and the European External Action Service, with some upper adjustments.

Within Section III there are drastic cuts to the lines related to Turkeyʼs IPA II funds. From the Commission’s proposed draft budget of EUR 244.1 million for the ‘Support for political reforms’ line, the Council has cut almost 60% of the sum. There is an extra decrease of EUR 66.8 million on the other two lines, while EUR 50 million of them are linked to the Facility for Refugees in Turkey, which is against the interests of the Union. Our opinion is that these cuts would deprive the Commission of its leverage to properly manage relations between the EU and Turkey. It will ultimately have a negative effect on Brussels—Ankara relations.

Finally, excluding the excessive and unjustified cuts, we believe that the overall approach to next year’s budget is correct and we expect our position to be maintained during the conciliation process.

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