Lyon: Lib Dem MEPs back smaller and more growth-oriented EU budget

The European Parliament voted today on a resolution to approve the deal reached on the EU’s long-term budget last week, pending a final vote in September.

Liberal Democrat MEP and Vice-President of the European Parliament’s Budget Committee George Lyon commented:

“Liberal Democrats in the European Parliament have consistently argued for a smaller EU budget that can be spent more effectively and is more targeted towards creating jobs and growth. That is exactly what the deal reached last week will deliver. Continue reading

Lyon: EU must live within its means

Lib Dem MEP George Lyon, Vice President of the European Parliament Budget Committee, has welcomed a vote by MEPs to approve a major reform to EU staff regulations which will save billions of euros between 2013 and 2020.

Mr Lyon commented:

“This shows that the EU is finally beginning to get its house in order and taking steps to live within its means.” Continue reading

Lyon: “EU budget deal needs to do more on research and competitiveness”

George Lyon MEPCommenting on the news of a budget deal agreement in Brussels, Liberal Democrat MEP George Lyon and Vice President of the Budgets Committee said:

“The news that heads of state have agreed a deal on the EU budget is a sensible and realistic result that reflects the tough economic  times that ordinary people are facing.

The European Parliament’s priorities are quite clear: A realistic budget for jobs and growth, real flexibility to spend a smaller budget more effectively and a guarantee of a mid-term review in 2017 when economic times improve. Continue reading