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Tuesday, 26 November 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

2020 budgetary procedure: joint text (debate)

  Damian Boeselager (Verts/ALE). – Mr President, first I have to respond a bit to what Mr Fest said because I think, if you’re not there, it’s hard to be transparent about something if you don’t know it and if you don’t send someone to actually represent your Group. So I think that would help in terms of transparency.

I was also, let’s say, more in an observer role for this first negotiation. For me it was very interesting because I learned three things. The first is that the new set—up of Parliament with Renew and the Greens also pushing priorities can lead to a budget which is actually better. I’m very happy with the outcome in that direction.

The second is that a big deal is possible, and I also want to thank the rapporteurs for their great work in having a good negotiation strategy and working in a proactive and deal—finding way, and also for ensuring that we move from the Commission proposal towards Parliament’s position. So it is positive that we got EUR 400 million on top of that.

The third thing is – and this makes me a bit less optimistic – that the national governments often seem only to care about the bottom line of how much they have to pay and how much they get back into their own pockets. If we now think about this as the prelude to the MFF for the seventh annual framework, I think we have to step up our game because the problems that we are facing – and I was in Lesbos a week ago – are so much bigger than what we are currently committing to. We shouldn’t only be thinking about our national budgets, but really about how to fund common solutions to the biggest problems of our time so that we honour the demands of our citizens and that we are actually able to act from a European level.

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