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Parliamentary questions
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15 March 2013
Answer given by Ms Vassiliou on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-001545/2013

In October 2012 the European Commission asked the Member States and the European Parliament to vote an additional budget of EUR 9 billion for payments so that the available payment credits would match more closely the level of commitments already voted by the Budgetary Authority in the 2012 budget. In particular, the Commission requested an additional EUR 180 million for the Lifelong Learning Programme to ensure meeting payment needs until the end of 2012. The share for Erasmus was estimated at EUR 90 Million. This Draft Amending Budget 6/2012 can be found at http://ec.europa.eu/budget/biblio/documents/2012/2012_en.cfm.

With the mid-December 2012 agreement by the Budgetary Authority (http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_data/docs/pressdata/en/ecofin/134073.pdf) on the Amending Budget 6/2012 and on the revised Draft Budget 2013 adopted by the Commission in November 2012, the threat to the Erasmus and other EU programmes was averted.

While the detailed implications of the European Council's recent agreement on the 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework remain to be worked out, the Commission is confident that its proposals for a significant increase in investment in support for education and training and for Erasmus-type learning mobility through the Erasmus for All Programme will be confirmed.

OJ C 355 E, 05/12/2013
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