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Schulz: EU Development aid is a success story

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Wednesday, 09 January 2013

Schulz: EU Development aid is a success story

The EU budget heading ‘Global Europe’, which allows the EU to be a player on the global stage, may suffer more than other spending areas, because development aid and humanitarian action don't have the advocates among member states like agriculture and regional aid do, European Parliament President Martin Schulz tells EurActiv.
“I am aware that we live in the time of crisis, so we need to be prudent on what we spend our funds. But let us remember, for example, that humanitarian aid represents just 0.62% of the EU budget. At the same time it is a highly responsive and visible instrument of the EU's external actions”, Schulz affirmed
The European Parliament will decide on the EU budget for 2014-2020, only once the member states have come to an agreement. The parliament  is not involved in the internal negotiations but if the cuts are drastic, it will refuse to adopt the budget, Schulz claims.

Source: Euractiv