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In his Report, László Surján called for raising the expenditures of the 2010 EU Budget because the €120 billion suggested by the Council is not sufficient. The first reading of the parliamentary proposal sets out a 12 percent increase compared to the 2009 EU Budget. Due to the current financial and social crisis , the European Parliament offers a global solution to all Member States via the European Recovery Plan, which is attached to the 27 national plans. The EPP Group’s Rapporteur emphasised: “The Budget 2010 needs to be the answer to solving the economic crisis, and to re-launching the European economy. Therefore more money is needed, while respecting the principal of value for money.”
The new intention of the EP is to create a microfinance system that would provide assistance to micro-enterprises. During the first year, €38m is dedicated to this new programme. The EP also made it clear that it does not want to jeopardise current policies or on-going programmes. The EU Budget 2010’s key objective is to put European citizens first and give them more safety through creating jobs, promoting competitiveness and rural development, and paying attention to energy supply and transport safety. The EP will spend €64 billion on these vital programmes.
If the Council accepts the EP’s current proposal, the dairy sector would benefit from €749m from the Budget 2010. The recently-accepted first reading is not only important because it would help solve the crisis in the dairy industry due to the €300m Milk Fund, but also because 21 Agricultural Ministers already support it. “Without getting the full support of the Council regarding the Milk Fund, it is hardly possible to achieve agreement on the Budget 2010”, concluded Surján.