A report drafted by Welsh Labour MEP, DEREK VAUGHAN, pushing for all EU institutions to freeze their administrative budgets in 2013 today won the seal of approval from the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
With an overwhelming majority of MEPs voting in support of Mr Vaughan’s proposals, pressure is now on EU bodies to invest existing resources more effectively by reforming and improving their working practices. The report also called for an independent evaluation of the EU administrative budget to identify areas for further efficiency savings to be generated.
Speaking from Strasbourg, Mr Vaughan, said:
"MEPs have shown that they agree with the need to show restraint and discipline when it comes to setting out the 2013 budget.
By imposing these limits, institutions will have to look at more modern and innovative methods of cooperation to keep a tighter rein on expenditure.
I am pleased to have been able to secure a freeze on the overall budget, including a freeze on travel and other specific budget lines.
The Parliament has now laid down a challenge to the institutions. The onus is now on them to deliver on the objectives set out in my report."