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No Agreement with EP without a new system of own resources

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Thursday, 14 June 2012

No Agreement with EP without a new system of own resources

The public debate held Thursday in the European Parliament's Strasbourg  plenary session, on the next post-2013 multiannual financial framework, was an opportunity for the ALDE group leader, Guy Verhofstadt, to warn the European Council against any attempt to ignore the Parliament's request for a new system of own resources.
M. Verhofstadt said: "A credible Union needs a credible budget. And a credible budget needs credible income. And not a membership fee of 1 %, as if the Union was some local neighbourhood club. Our Union is a political project. It is about building a common future. So we need a direct link, a financial link, between our citizens and the Union.  Not as an additional burden, but replacing the fees paid by the member states.  For my Group the establishing of real own resources is key. Otherwise we will not give our consent to the new Multi- annual Financial Framework".
For her part Anne Jensen (Venstre, Denmark), spokesman on the MFF for ALDE commended the Danish Presidency who has just presented a negotiation package to be debated at the European Council meeting on 28 and 29 June.
"This is an important and complex package that refers to sixty legislative proposals in co-decision. Parliament assumes this responsibility because we believe that the EU budget is crucial for growth and employment. For us, however, it lacks an essential element: the flexibility in the management of budget headings, which would facilitate dealing with the unexpected. We need more flexibility if we want to make this package a success."