On February 8 2013, European heads of State and government agreed on a financial plan representing around 1 % of the EU Gross National Income (GNI). Less than what had initially been proposed by the European Commission, but also less than what had been set aside for the previous period (2007-2013). As the negotiations between the European Parliament and the European Council on the Multi-annual Financial Framework (2014-2020) get under way, leading budget journalist Gaspard Sebag, met Alain Lamassoure MEP (EPP), Chair of the Parliament’s Budget Committee, to discuss his expectations.
“All 27 member states say that they are consolidating their budgets, everyone says that they are cutting back on spending. But in fact, in 20 of the 27 countries, national budgets are still increasing.”