• The European Parliament's 2010 proposal for a 6% increase over the 2009 budget appears to come from another planet where no financial crisis exists, said UKIP MEP Marta Andreasen in Strasbourg (DEC. 15).
Marta Andreasen was speaking during the second reading of the draft general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2010 as modified by the Council.
Ms Andreasen noted with irony that parliament has welcomed the increase on administrative expenditures. "An increase which also includes our salaries!" she added. "It is obscene for us to vote for an increase on our own salaries, all to be paid by the taxpayers who are losing theor jobs and the social services due to the reduction of national budgets! I, for one, will renounce to any increase in the current circumstances."
"The European Parliament rejects the budgetary cuts introduced by the Council in the Structural and Cohesion Funds," Ms Andreasen told parliamentarians. "Are you aware, colleagues, that these are the areas where the Court of Auditors has found the highest level of errors? Does the European Parliament think we should be injecting more money into programmes where we are certain that abuses are taking place?" she asked.
The house is expected to vote on Thursday, 17 December.