Vienna, 9 October 2012 – “No increase in spending, but better and more targeted spending of EU funds instead” – this is how State Secretary Lopatka described Austria’s position on the multi-annual financial framework in today’s session of the EU Sub-Committee of the National Council. The negotiations about the EU budget for the future, the multi-annual financial framework 2014 – 2020, will enter their decisive phase in the coming weeks. State Secretary Lopatka will be involved on behalf of Austria in the negotiations in Luxemburg next Tuesday.
“It must be our goal to use funds in a better way instead of demanding more funds”, Lopatka said. “To boost growth and innovation, we will have to invest more in these areas so that the competitiveness of Europe can be increased”, the State Secretary said. “Strengthening our competitiveness will make Europe and its model of thought fit for the future. This also includes comprehensive agriculture meeting high demands of sustainability.”
According to Lopatka, there must be no financial losses for Austria with regard to rural development compared to the previous funding period.
“There are various austerity measures and various ways of better spending”, Lopatka said. “Ceilings for EU subsidies should be introduced for all member states; plus the economic performance and the data available must be such that they justify the respective appropriation of funds”, the State Secretary said with a view to the “macro-economic conditionality” demanded by Austria for the use of funds.
“As far as European foreign policy is concerned, Austria’s priorities for the future financial framework are the EU Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance IPA for the Western Balkans and ENPI, the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument for the Black Sea and Danube regions.”
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