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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)

  Petra De Sutter (Verts/ALE). – Madam President, the next seven years will be crucial. They will determine how our children will live on this planet. Our societies have to undergo a digital and ecological transition in a socially fair way, and we need sufficient funds for this.

The EU budget is more than a membership fee. It is the mirror of our political ambitions. Therefore, a massive investment boost is needed without necessarily increasing Member States’ resources. We shouldn’t be afraid to go and get own resources from plastic polluters, carbon emissions, big financial transactions, and a fair share from multinationals and kerosene because, if we don’t find additional money to realise the ambitions of the Green Deal, citizens will feel it. They will see fewer infrastructure works happening in their region or have fewer opportunities to get reskilled after they have lost their jobs. If we want our citizens to embrace the European project, this must be reflected in our budget.

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