MEPs in bid to roll back cuts made by member states.
MEPs on the budgets committee have voted on their version of
the European Union's draft budget for 2013.
In two days of voting, MEPs went through hundreds of proposed
changes to restore funding lines from the European Commission's proposal that
were cut by the member states in July.
MEPs argued that the EU budget needed to be strengthened to
support areas such as research and entrepreneurship that are critical to
economic growth and job creation.
They also backed the Commission's argument that the budget
ought to make sufficient provision for payments due in 2013 for funding
commitments made in previous years.
The Parliament's plenary will vote on the draft budget in
Strasbourg on 23 October, followed by three weeks of negotiations between MEPs,
the European Commission and the Council of Ministers.
Giovanni La Via, a centre-right Italian MEP who is in charge
of the 2013 budget, said that the member states had sought cuts exactly in
those areas to do with jobs and growth, and that Parliament was now trying to
restore funding that will get the EU out of the economic crisis.
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