Monday, February 18, 2013 9:44 am
EU lawmakers threaten to veto tightened budget
The Associated Press
The Christian Democratic EPP, the largest group in the legislature, said the 7-year budget worth (EURO)960 billion ($1.28 trillion) must be revised to realistically reflect the EU's growing competences and responsibilities.
Socialist leader Hannes Swoboda called the budget - which needs parliament's approval - unacceptable and said there won't be a majority for the proposed plan.
The EU's 27 member states earlier this month agreed on a budget deal that foresees the first cuts in the bloc's history for the years 2014-2020.
EU President Herman Van Rompuy defended the plan as shifting funds toward growth-friendly investment while recognizing the need to tighten belts currently felt across Europe.