The Committee on Budgets (BUDG) of the European Parliament voted
this morning on its budgetary guidelines for the 2024 budget of the European
Union. On the occasion of this vote, in addition to priorities such as
Erasmus+, SMEs and competitiveness, the LIFE programme, the European industrial
strategy and the Sovereignty Fund, freedom of the media and disinformation,
decentralized agencies and the European Public Prosecutor's Office, Renew
Europe has passed an amendment opposing any use of the European Union budget to
finance walls at the borders of the European Union.
Widely supported by the S&D, Greens and The Left groups,
this amendment however divided the EPP, thus calling into question the strategy
of rapprochement with the extreme right instigated recently by Manfred Weber.
No, walls are not an effective response to migratory flows.
There is no simplistic solution contrary to what the right and the extreme
right want us to believe.
Fabienne KELLER (Agir,
France), Renew Europe shadow raporteure in BUDG, insists:
"No, the walls are not an effective
response to migratory flows. There is no simplistic solution contrary to what
the right and the extreme right want us to believe. There need a European
response of solidarity, this is what the European budget must finance."
Valerie HAYER (Renaissance,
France), Renew Europe coordinator in BUDG, adds :
"Brick by brick, MEPs are
destroying the project of EPP leader Manfred Weber. There will be no funding
for any wall or fence whatsoever from the budget European Union. It is now a
matter of principle, and a majority position."