The European Budget Post-2013 and its Effects on EU-Turkey Relations
for a budget freeze.18 In addition, the Council has thus far been reluctant to accommodate the position of the European Parliament in budgetary issues. Hence, it is up to the European Parliament to ensure its proper involvement in the negotiations and so avoid rejecting the final outcome of the negotiations on the MFF as a last resort. The own initiative report “A new Multiannual Financial Framework for a competitive, sustainable and inclusive Europe” can be seen as a means to this end. In the resolution prepared by the special committee on political challenges (SURE), the European Parliament defines its political priorities both in legislative and budgetary terms. Further, it provides a blueprint as to how the budget post-2013 might, or should, look like. The report was adopted on 8 June 2011, three weeks before the Commission presented its legislative proposal for the new MFF regulation. Taking account of the structural challenges of the member states related inter alia to high levels of public debt and large fiscal deficits, the Parliament therein demands that the budget be, more than ever, guided by the principles of European Added Value and sound financial management. In this context, the Parliament calls for the efficiency of the budget to be increased and synergy potentials - e.g., through the avoidance of duplicated spending, the abolition of double structures at both EU and national levels and a better coordination of national budgets with the future EU budget. However, it also identifies a number of future challenges such as demography, climate change and energy supply, which required common action rather than national measures and therefore have to be financed through the EU budget. Further, the Parliament reiterates the additional financing need deriving from,
• the tasks conferred upon the EU by the Lisbon Treaty;
• the headline targets set out by the EU 2020 strategy in the areas of employment, education, research and development, energy and climate as well as poverty reduction;
18. Joint letter of 17 December 2011 by the Heads of State and Government of the United Kingdom, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Finland to Commission President Manuel Barroso.
Published on Feb 16, 2012
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