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Friday, 01 July 2011

ALDE: Post 2013 Financial Framework contains courageous proposals

European Liberals and Democrats have reacted positively to courageous and innovative proposals presented last night by the European Commission for the next multi-annual financial framework and the system of own resources. Guy Verhofstadt, ALDE group leader, stated in a preliminary analysis that "these proposals are worthy of serious consideration as a bold and coherent contribution to the discussions on the future of the EU budget. I am particularly pleased at the Commission's acceptance of our idea to launch an inter-parliamentary conference, modeled on the Convention, allowing national parliaments and governments to take part in the debate with the EU institutions. Parliament and Commission will bring a joint initiative before the Council's Polish presidency asking that it organise and start this inter-parliamentary conference in the coming months. I have spoken with Prime Minister Donald Tusk and Secretary of State Mikolaj Dowgielewicz and there is a positive attitude surrounding this initiative." "I am also satisfied with the proposals concerning a new system of own resources, something I have long pleaded for. The attitude of European citizens toward the EU will change greatly if it is the taxpayers who directly fund the European Budget and no longer the member states who secretly negotiate for each to have their "fair" return. This new approach which is fiscally neutral, will also permit the abolition of 43 dispensations, exceptions, rebates and other returns which make the current system incomprehensible and curb the financing for policies."

Source: ALDE