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quarta-feira, 25 de outubro de 2017

Development aid at heart of EU institutions’ wrangle over EU 2018 budget




Budget Commissioner Günther Oettinger during budget 2018 debate in Strasbourg on 25 October 2017.
[European Parliament]
MEPs set the overall EU budget for 2018 at €162.6 billion (+1.2% on the Commission’s draft budget) for commitments and €146.7 billion (+0.9%) for payments.

In comparison, the Commission proposed setting the total level of commitments at €160.6 billion and payments at €145.4 billion.

But member states on 12 July decided to cut the Commission’s proposals by €1.2 billion. The European Parliament deplored this “mechanical” cut, while NGOs denounced the decrease of development aid and its re-directing to combat immigration.
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NGOs denounce cuts, tweaks to 2018 EU budget for development aid

EU member countries decided yesterday (12 July) to cut the proposed EU budget for 2018 by €1.2 billion. The European Parliament deplored this “mechanical” cut, while NGO’s denounced the decrease of development aid and its re-directing to combat immigration.
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The resolution on Parliament’s position on the EU’s 2018 budget was approved by 414 votes to 163, with 90 abstentions.
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