21 SEP 2010
The European Commission is considering boosting the role played by the EU's own resources in the next budgetary cycle, the institution's vice-president, Maroš Šefčovič, told EurActiv Slovakia in an interview.
The Commission can publish data on the European Union's revenue and expenditure and propose alternatives, but the final decision on the post-2013 budget issues rests with member states and the European Parliament, he said.
"Our philosophy is to try to get resources from those activities which would not exist without the European Union," said Šefčovič, who is responsible for inter-institutional relations and administration at the EU executive.
"It is not going to be an easy task," he said. "On the one hand several ministers keep telling us that they would welcome an increase of own resources, because it would decrease the contribution of member states. But on the other hand, ministers of finance want to have the shaping of the EU budget under [their] control," he explained.
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