Speaking in Strasbourg before the vote on the EU 2012 budget, Nessa Childers MEP says we need a strong EU budget to help sustain the Irish recovery.
“While all eyes are on the EU summit in Brussels this week, we are voting on the EU budget for 2012 in Strasbourg. The investments needed to boost jobs in Europe should not be delayed because of the current economic crisis. Smart use of the EU budget is actually part of the solution to the crisis.”
She continued, “EU funding combines with government spending across Europe in many ways. It helps train people in the skills needed for new jobs, it helps businesses to innovate and grow, it helps rural and regional development, it helps build infrastructure like roads, railways and bridges and it helps support cultural diversity and educational exchanges.
Ms Childers also said the EU budget is extremely important for Ireland.
“The EU budget is extremely important for Ireland, which receives substantial payments via the Single Farm Payment and the Rural Environment Protection Scheme. Over 85% of our receipts come from these funds.
“Europe also has obligations to the international community, promoting economic and social development, keeping the peace and helping victims of disasters and conflict. MEPs today will also vote to continue supporting refugees in Palestine.” The Ireland East MEP concluded by saying that the Parliament was willing to do its part.
“In times of financial difficulties and ongoing austerity policies, the European Parliament is also willing to do its part and make important savings on administration and on MEPs expenses, currently EU administrative costs are around 6% of the total EU budget.