Tuesday 24 October 2017

Kenny and Gilmore battle hostility over €1trn budget

Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore face a difficult task in getting the new €1trn EU budget through the openly hostile European Parliament.

As holders of the EU Presidency, Ireland is in charge of getting agreement on the deal thrashed out by EU leaders last month. Mr Kenny and Mr Gilmore held talks with European Parliament President Martin Schulz in Government Buildings yesterday.

Mr Gilmore has to coordinate the efforts to pass the budget through the Parliament.

Mr Schulz said clearly that MEPs will be rejecting the seven-year budget in its current format. He said the current budget plans are not in Europe's best interest, change nothing in agriculture and cohesion policy and invest less than is needed in research.

Mr Schulz said MEPs would vote on a motion in a fortnight rejecting the current budget, and the answer would be "no, but not definitively no".

Mr Gilmore said the Government remained hopeful of getting an agreement.

Irish Independent

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