Wednesday, 8 June 2011 - Strasbourg
Explanation of vote:
Report Salvador Garriga Polledo
Pino Arlacchi (S&D ), in writing . − Mr President, The report on a New Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for a competitive, sustainable and inclusive Europe is a valuable piece of collective analysis on the future configurations of the EU budget. It estimates the financial resources needed for the Union to attain its objectives and carry out its policies for the period starting 1 January 2014. Its essential point is a request for an increase of at least 5% in the total EU budget for 2013, and the request for the introduction of an autonomous source of funding.
The report stresses very clearly that without sufficient additional resources in the post-2013 MFF, the Union will not be able to fulfil the existing policy priorities, linked in particular to the Europe 2020 strategy, or the new tasks provided for by the Treaty of Lisbon, let alone respond to unforeseen events. I voted in favour of this report also because it calls for a more transparent, simpler and fairer financing system for the European Union.