MEPs ready to withhold approval of EU budget

Members of the European Parliament are prepared to “withhold their consent” for the EUs long-term budget if the deal agreed this week by EU leaders is not improved upon.

A total of 465 MEPs on Thursday voted in favor and 150 against a resolution that calls the deal on a recovery fund a “historic move,” but also criticizes big cuts to EU programs as part of the €1.82 trillion budget-and-recovery package approved Tuesday by heads of state and government.

Many MEPs expressed their frustration at the deal during a debate with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Council President Charles Michel earlier Thursday.

The resolution is nonbinding but does show the level of anger at the deal among many EU lawmakers.

The Parliament “does not accept … the political agreement on the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 as it stands,” the resolution says. “It will not rubber-stamp a fait accompli.”

MEPs are “prepared to withhold their consent” for the EU budget until they get a “satisfactory agreement” on a range of issues — including on health, research and climate — the resolution adds.

MEPs consent will also be conditional, the text says, on the introduction Read More – Source