Sassoli: EU budget cuts to research, Erasmus unacceptable

Photo: EP European Parliament President David Sassoli

Proposed cuts in the EU’s multiannual financial framework for research projects and the Erasmus programme are not acceptable, European Parliament President David Sassoli insisted on Wednesday.

“There is a proposal on the table, but we would like to improve that, above all by trying to give answers to some of the cuts that we’ve deemed unjustified,” he told a news conference a day after EU leaders agreed on €1.1trn ($1.27trn) budget for the bloc from 2021-27.

“We cannot cut the budget for research and young people and Erasmus, we just can’t,” he added.

Sassoli said negotiations on the MFF would be needed before parliament approves it, but the assembly was already “very satisfied” with an attached €750bn fund to help EU economies recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

He said a final parliament vote on both packages would be in a couple of months.

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