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Brussels, 12 June 2013
Commissioner Lewandowski on MFF talks: "We are not there yet, but…"
Statement by Commissioner for Financial Programming and Budget, Janusz Lewandowski, following the 11 June trilogue on the next financial period (2014-2020)
"Last night in Strasbourg, we made genuine progress. No, we are not there yet, we will need another round of talks, next Tuesday in Brussels, but I believe that a deal is now within our grasp. It is now our responsibility, the Council, the European Parliament and the Commission, to decide whether to stretch our arm to grab it or not.
Last night, the gap between the Council's and the Parliament's positions on the future flexibility of the EU budget and on a revision clause half-way through the next financial period got much narrower.
Of course, there is still work to be done, of course other issues such as the future resources of the EU budget or the unity of the budget are not settled yet but nobody can deny that since last night's talks the scales of the MFF negotiations are now tipped, even if lightly, towards a deal.
Everybody around the negotiating table is aware that at a time when Europe and Europeans look at the future with concern if not apprehension, guaranteeing financial stability for tomorrow's EU funded projects is of immense importance to our towns and regions, businesses, scientists...
That is why I express my hope that next week's talks will be the turning point towards a deal for 500 million Europeans."