21 OCT 2010
By Martin Banks | The Parliament
Parliament's president Jerzy Buzek has hit back at fierce criticism of the decision to increase the EU budget for 2011 by nearly six per cent.
MEPs in Strasbourg approved a €129bn EU budget for next year - a €7.3bn rise on this year.
Britain's Europe minister David Liddington led a chorus of criticism, branding the increase as "outrageous."
UKIP deputy Nigel Farage agreed, branding the decision "immoral."
But Buzek, a Polish MEP, hit back saying the rise was justified and that parliament had "acted with a great sense of responsibility."
He added, "Parliament is aware of the difficult fiscal situation in the member states. Yet, we need to have guarantees for the future financing of the EU."
"We need sufficient funding for life-long learning, to create opportunities for the young generation, for research and for a modern infrastructure in all regions of the EU."
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