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EP chief criticizes Erasmus budget cuts

European Parliament President David Sassoli said negotiations on the long-term budget would be needed before parliament approves it
22.07.2020 - 13:19

Proposed cuts in the EU’s long-term budget for research and the Erasmus programme to support education are not acceptable, European Parliament President David Sassoli said on Wednesday.


“There is a proposal on the table, but we would like to improve that, above all by trying to give answers to some of the cuts that we’ve deemed unjustified,” he told a news conference a day after European Union leaders agreed on 1.1 trillion euro ($1.27 trillion) budget for the bloc from 2021-27.

“We cannot cut the budget for research and young people and Erasmus, we can’t,” he added.

He said a final parliament vote on both packages would be in a couple of months.