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Wednesday, 12 February 2020 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Preparation of the Extraordinary European Council Meeting of 20 February 2020 on the Multiannual Financial Framework (debate)

  Siegfried Mureşan (PPE). – Madam President, the person preparing the budget of the European Union for the next seven years is the President of the European Council, Charles Michel. He has to be in Parliament. If he has no mandate, if he has nothing to tell us, at least he should come and listen.

Why? Because the last word on the EU budget for the next seven years lies with the European Parliament. We will only give our approval to the EU budget if our priorities are in. And what are our priorities? Firstly, cohesion and agriculture: finance them properly, they continue to be important all over Europe.

Secondly, finance the new priorities of the Union, in line with the political ambition. The Commission asks for support in financing future-oriented priorities. Let me tell you what happened to the budget for research this year. The Council says research is important. What does it do? It cuts it by EUR 500 million. Parliament says research is important, but we increased it by EUR 700 million.

We need to put our money where our statements are, and we should not play farmers against Erasmus students. We should not play researchers against the security of the European Union. And let’s be honest: the position of the European Parliament is the only position which enables us to finance properly what we have agreed to do. It’s the only position which enables the von der Leyen Commission to implement its programme.

Dear colleagues, the Parliament can be included in the negotiations before the European Council on 20 February. Or we can reject the agreement of the Council and we should be included afterwards, but we prefer it to be included before.

And let me say very clearly, if we are to choose between a delay of two months and a poor budget for the Union for the next seven years, we will choose to reject a bad Council compromise and have a delay of two months.

But we are ready to negotiate since November 2018. Council, stop dragging your feet.

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