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First reduced EU budget in 56 years is ‘good for the South West’ says Tory MEP

Thursday, 21 February 2013
Reflecting on the budget deal reached by European Union heads of states and governments at a Summit meeting on 7-8 February, Conservative MEP Ashley Fox says the “budget is by no means perfect, but it represents a sensible and pragmatic compromise” and “is good for the people of the South West”.

Writing on his Facebook page, Mr Fox says “since the European Council agreed to cut the EU budget for the first time in 56 years, the European Parliament has been posturing and positioning itself to stand against the wishes of national governments […] I believe that the deal reached is good for the people of the South West. The overall EU budget will be cut by 3.4% in real terms, the first ever cut agreed.

Funding will continue for Cornwall, and a new category of funding will mean that Devon will now receive EU funds. Overall, the budget will have a greater focus on research and innovation, which will help create jobs and promote growth.

He also criticises the call by some (but not all) members of the European Parliament to vote on this budget deal in secret, describing the suggestion as “absurd”. Both the British Conservative and Liberal Democrats MEPs have criticised this move. “Taxpaying constituents have a right to know how their representatives in the EU vote on how their hard-earned money is spent […] I hope the European Parliament acts responsibly when it gets its say,he concludes.

Immediately after the negotiations concluded, Mr Fox praised his party leader and UK Prime Minister David Cameron, writing "Looks like a real terms cut in the EU budget over the next 7 years AND the UK rebate is untouched. Well done Prime Minister."

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