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European budget

Publié le February 19, 2013
Excerpts from replies by M. Bernard Cazeneuve, Minister Delegate for European Affairs, to questions in the National Assembly
Paris, February 12, 2013

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We did indeed have to confront the conservatives who didn’t want the budget we were calling for. We managed to limit, quell their determination to make cuts and rebates for themselves everywhere. This is why if the total amount endorsed in the European Union budget is spent, €50 billion more will be spent compared to the previous budget. This will allow us to finance the Common Agricultural Policy, which has been completely protected, the transition regions and the European Food Aid Programme for the Most Deprived (...) and, finally, to reduce France’s contribution to the British rebate. (...)./.

(...) The [Growth] Compact represents slightly more than €2.2 billion for France, thanks to which regions will be able to start making investments delayed because of the difficulty of mobilizing structural funds. (...)

The recapitalization (...) of the European Investment Bank, whose Board of Governors met in December, will enable us to lend €7 billion to French investors who are willing to contribute to growth on our territory. As for the project bonds, they will allow us to digitize the territory – Auvergne, Haute Savoie. (...)./.

(...) First of all, as far as the figures are concerned – after all, the figures are what matter – the previous multiannual budget framework had an overall budget of €942 billion in payment appropriations. Only €855 billion of this sum was spent. Why? Because, under the terms of the letter I was talking about earlier, the payment appropriations necessary for financing EU policy weren’t allocated. We would like – with the support of the European Parliament, which is asking for flexibility and a mid-term review – to mobilize the full amount endorsed in the budget. If we act in this way, the budget executed will be €50 billion higher than the previous one. (...)

The Connecting Europe programme (...) is seeing its funding increase by 140%, all this in a context in which we’re reducing – for the first time since the 1984 Fontainebleau Agreement – our contribution to financing the British rebate because we’ve embarked on a reform of own resources. And the amount released will at last allow us to finance the policy for those greatest in need – I’m particularly thinking of the European Food Aid Programme for the Most Deprived.

To show you the work involved, I’ll quite simply read out to you the joint statement made by France and Germany in the minutes of the December 2011 European Council about the programme: France and Germany “consider that the conditions are not met for a proposal of a new programme for a period post 2013 to be presented by the Commission and adopted by the Council”. This is why the two countries “cannot agree with legal and financial proposals by the Commission of such a programme in the future”. (...)./.