Labour Member of the European Parliament, DEREK VAUGHAN, will tomorrow (Wed 25 January 2012) call on all EU institutions to freeze their budgets.
Mr Vaughan, who is leading on the budgets of the EU institutions', including the European Parliament, for 2013, will present a report to the Parliament's Budgets Committee calling for a freeze in administrative expenditure.
As draftsman on the report, he will play a significant role in negotiations aimed at ensuring that taxpayers’ money is spent responsibly against a backdrop of restraint by domestic governments.
Speaking from the European Parliament in Brussels, Mr Vaughan, said:
"In difficult economic circumstances all EU institutions should show budgetary discipline and be able to limit their expenditure.
A freeze across the board will send a clear signal that the EU understands the wider context within which it operates. It will also act as a necessary incentive to increase co-operation between institutions, modernise and reform working practices and drive forward the search for greater efficiency and value for money.
There is clear scope for improvement in terms of organisation and use of technology which will enable resources to be invested more effectively. I am confident that if the institutions of the EU strive together to reduce expenditure and inefficiency then this can be achieved.
This year's budget won't be easy to negotiate but my aim is to achieve a responsible budget which will allow for effective functioning of the institutions".