Skip to main content
gac

‘Good start’ in €960 billion EU budget talks

13.05.2013, 18:45 GMT


Today in Brussels (Monday 13 May) formal three-way negotiations got underway on the EU’s €960 billion fund for 2014-2020, the Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF).

Speaking after the talks with the European Parliament and the European Commission, the Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore, said: "We got off to a good start today in our negotiations. Having heard the European Parliament’s views, I am convinced that, if there is a will on all sides, we can reach an agreement during our Presidency on an EU budget to support investment and jobs. Time is of the essence."

The talks today focussed on the issues of flexibility, review, financing the budget and on the unity of the budget.

It was agreed today that a further round of political trilogue negotiations will take place on 28 May and intense official level negotiations will take place in coming days.

These negotiations on the MFF are continuing in parallel to negotiations on amending the EU budget for 2013. Minister Noonan will lead discussions on the 2013 draft amending budget among EU Finance Ministers in the ECOFIN Council tomorrow, Tuesday 14 May.

The Irish team (Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and the Minister of State for European Affairs, Lucinda Creighton) is representing the views of EU member states in the three-way (trilogue) talks. EU leaders in February gave the Irish Presidency a mandate to secure the European Parliament’s agreement to the EU budget for 2014-2020. 

Securing this agreement to underpin stability, jobs and growth, is a major goal of the Irish Presidency Programme.


ENDS

Related Events

View all related events >

eu2013ie

02.07.2013, 10:29 eu2013ie Taoiseach Enda Kenny presents results of the Irish Presidency #eu2013ie in address to the European Parliament #EU eu2013.ie/news/news-item…

02.07.2013, 10:14 eu2013ie RT @IrelandRepBru Taoiseach: "Our shared identity exists beyond the realm of mere economics or currency or money." #eu2013ie #EU

02.07.2013, 10:10 eu2013ie RT @IrelandRepBru Taoiseach: "#MFF is the single, biggest investment tool we have at our disposal. We need to come together and use it forthwith." #eu2013ie

02.07.2013, 10:08 eu2013ie RT @IrelandRepBru Taoiseach: "By listening actively I believe we managed to address the main issues of concern identified by EP raised in March." #eu2013ie

02.07.2013, 10:08 eu2013ie RT @IrelandRepBru Taoiseach: "The result identifies best way to ensure that almost €1trillion for #MFF is released as soon as possible into real economy."

Contacts

picture of Deirdre Farrell, Press Spokesperson - Coreper II

Deirdre Farrell, Press Spokesperson - Coreper II

T:

M:

E:

picture of Andrea Pappin, Spokesperson for the EU Presidency

Andrea Pappin, Spokesperson for the EU Presidency

T:

M:

E:

picture of Gerald Angley
, Policy Communications Director

Gerald Angley , Policy Communications Director

T:

M:

E:

Related News


View all related news ›