Conciliation talks on EU Budget 2019 suspended

The discussions will continue on Monday

Photo: EP Jean Arthuis

The  Parliament and the Council suspended the talks on the EU budget for 2019 on Friday at night, as they didn’t succeed to reach a compromise during long hours of negotiation. The discussions will continue on Monday 19 November, the last day of the conciliation period, the EP Press Service announced. If they fail to find an agreement on a joint text on 19 November at midnight, the Commission must submit a new draft budget.

As Jean Arthuis (ALDE, FR), the Chair of the Committee on Budgets, stated the discrepancy between the speeches of the EU Heads of State or Government and the behaviour of the Council of the EU is full of contempt towards the delegation of the Parliament. For us, this budget represents a political vision and we need a budget for 2019 that lives up to our words in order to support young people, research, SMEs, tackle the security challenge and the management of migration policy, he specified. BUDG Chair of the Committee on emphasized that “now we are fighting over a few million euros on the basis of a budget of 165 billion euros - all this on the eve of the European elections next May” adding that “the Council's inflexibility is unbearable.”

I am still looking forward to find an efficient and fair agreement for the benefit of the citizens with the Council on Monday, even though the latter demonstrated an irresponsible rigidity today which made it impossible to go on with the talks,  Daniele Viotti (S&D, IT), lead rapporteur on Commission section of the budget, underlined. He reminded that it is all about money for the citizen, to be used for EU programmes, which create growth and jobs, “money which the Council is holding back.”

Paul Rubig (EPP, AT), rapporteur for the other sections of the next year’s budget, stated that the Council should also take notice of the fact that around 94% of the EU Budget goes back to the member states: to citizens, regions, cities, farmers and businesses. In the space of 15 years, the EU budget has gone from 1.2% of the EU’s GNI to 0.9%, he added.

 

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