Welsh Labour MEP, DEREK VAUGHAN, has today (Monday, 06 February 2012) secured the backing of the European Parliament’s Budgets Committee for his 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, presented a report to the Committee calling for a freeze in administrative expenditure which was voted on earlier this afternoon with 25 MEPs in favour and 2 against.
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.
The Committee has acknowledged the need for a freeze in the overall budget and a freeze to the travel and other budget lines. I am pleased that they have also shown their support for an independent evaluation of the European Parliamentary budget so that resources can be invested more effectively and savings identified.
There is clear scope for improvement in terms of organisation and use of technology and I continue to be confident that if the institutions of the EU strive together to reduce expenditure and inefficiency then this can be achieved."