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MEPs approve budget as Greens hit out at process

The European Parliament has given its final approval to the EU’s long-term budget from 2014 to 2020, ending months of uncertainty over the next phase of EU spending.

The vote, taken this morning (19 November), approves the €960 billion budget package set out by the EU heads of state in February. Under the agreement, the Horizon 2020 research programme will receive €70.2 billion in 2011 prices—the equivalent of around €79bn, taking into account inflation over the seven year period.

However, the Green party has said that the way in which the final vote was run, under which MEPs were unable to introduce amendments, undermines the democratic process and the role of the Parliament in decision-making.

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