MEPs Are Working On The Budget Drafts For 2011
MEPs want more resources for their financing of the Union in 2011
The adoption of the EU budget for 2011 could become a real headache for the Belgian presidency, trying to get Member States to agree among themselves and at the same time working, to calm the spirits in the European Parliament.
MEPs want to use the new budgetary powers conferred by the Treaty of Lisbon to force EU countries to review the community incomes, in terms of identifying additional resources of their own.
The negotiations between the European Parliament and the EU Member States regarding the adoption of the budget for 2011, promise to be stormy. Community legislative budget committee has established the strategy of action in agreement with the presidents of different political groups of the institution. The message is simple Parliament: MEPs will vote on the budget for next year as long as the governments of member countries will not give serious guarantees on all new own resources to finance the European Union. “For 10 years, the institutional crisis erupted after enlargement has concealed financial and budgetary crisis. But now we basically put up against the wall, considering that the gap between the EU new powers granted by virtue of successive treaties and budgetary resources has widened, “said Alain Lamassoure, chairman of Parliament’s Budget Committee.
With the adoption of the Lisbon Treaty, with more powers on the budget vote, MEPs estimates that Member States must meet its responsibilities. After the Treaty of Lisbon through they have entrusted Brussels in November powers in various fields like energy, immigration, international policy and research space, including the establishment of a new external action of the European institutions, European Parliament advertising budget stability. The problem is that this position does not meet unanimous: seven states, all among major economic powers of Europe, excluding Germany and France, reducing advertising expenses.
Outstanding amounts are not to be returned
Over time, it happened frequently that the European Parliament to call for increased financial unrealistic. “This time, after more than two decades of practice, Parliament, aware of the profound crisis crossed the Member States, proposes a moderate increase in costs,” he insisted Lamassoure. He requested an advance of 0.8% of commitment appropriations compared to 2010. He also proposed that the unspent money be returned to Member States not as yet happened, but to be kept in the European budget. Furthermore, he conditioned the vote on the budget for 2011 by opening negotiations on new sources of direct revenue, contributions independent states. The fear of opening a real Pandora’s Box, Member States have avoided discussing this topic.
Do not forget that the EU budget, consisting almost exclusively of contributions of Member States, is by political will, limited to a maximum of 1% of gross domestic product of 27. On the eve of a vote on 20 October, MEPs proposed budget, the budget commissioner, Janusz Lewandowski, must submit a “finding” on the future of European finance. A detailed statement of all new tracks of financing, with an attempt to update the Union’s financial needs. “There will be a list of numbers,” explained a source close to the Commissioner “to that before we talk about specific figures, to be agreed all aspects of the issue, and the objectives envisaged.
Projects are not lacking: banking activity, tax on CO2 emissions, the VAT rate on intra-community trade, etc. However, almost all countries want to maintain current rates of EU budget financing of their national budgets. Therefore, since nobody wants to talk about the cost of EU policies, most states contributing advertising, pure and simple, a reduction in their payments. If not reached, after the vote on 20 October, an agreement with the European Council will be a conciliation committee between the two institutions, which will be available for 21 days near the points of view. Parliament has the last word. If MEPs will persist with their request, approve the budget for next year will be delayed from month to month to identify a compromise solution.11