Lyon: Lib Dem MEPs calls on EU Parliament to scrap planned budget hikes

George Lyon MEPSenior UK Liberal Democrat MEP George Lyon today called on the European Parliament to scrap planned budget increases ahead of the next series of votes on EU spending in 2014.

Mr Lyon, a vice chair of the EU Budget Committee, has tabled amendments that, if implemented, would see the one off costs of funding the European election absorbed within a real-terms budget freeze.

Commenting, Mr Lyon said:

“At a time when finances are tight it is only right that the European Parliament exercise the same restraint as families and businesses across theUKwho are working hard to balance the books.

“The fact that we have already been able to cut travel costs and freeze allowances is welcome but it is clear that there is more work that needs to be done.

“Our priority has to be working for a stronger economy and a fairer society and helping people to get on in life. We need to be investing in jobs and growth and therefore it is essential that the one off costs of funding the European election is absorbed within a real terms freeze in the Parliament’s budget.

“This is not a party political issue and I would hope that MEPs from all parties will back my amendments.”

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