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MEPs and ministers butt heads over budget

The European Parliament is pushing to increase funding for research and education in 2019, but national ministers have said MEPs cannot have everything they want.

MEPs agreed in a vote on 24 October to reject “unjustified €794 million cuts” proposed by the Council of Ministers to parts of the 2019 EU budget devoted to boosting jobs and creating growth. Research ministers across Europe want the Horizon 2020 R&D programme to get €300m less than the €12.1-billion budget proposed by the European Commission, but MEPs want it to get at least €65m more. The programme’s 2018 budget was €11.2bn.

Similarly, while ministers agree with the Commission that the Erasmus+ student mobility programme should get €2.6bn, MEPs want it to get an extra €362m, compared to a 2018 budget of €2.3bn.

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