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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Establishing the Connecting Europe Facility (debate)

  Marian-Jean Marinescu, Rapporteur. – Mr President, I would like to thank the Commissioner for her intervention and especially that she is supporting the committee proposal regarding the spending of the cohesion money transferred from cohesion to the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

We are glad that there is already a general approach, a partial one but there is a text in the Council so we are ready to start the negotiations anytime in January. As you have seen, we are a strong team, together with the shadows here, so we shall negotiate very hard. I can tell you that we do not accept that part of the text of the CEF was introduced in the negotiating box, in the MFF. We are in co—decision, so we have to respect the Treaty. We shall try to negotiate all the text in our discussions and not wait for a decision of the European Council. This is the second time that the Council has tried this; six years ago they did it already, but this time I think that Parliament will be tougher than six years ago.

I hope that we shall get a mandate tomorrow. The result doesn’t matter but we shall have a mandate – I was speaking about the details – and again, we are ready to start negotiations in early January. Thank you again to all colleagues, to co—rapporteur Mr Telička and all the shadows, I think that we have done a very good job.

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