Kalfin: EU budget should be debated at national level

The so-called Monti group, named after its chairman, former Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, is trying to put together proposals how to make the EU budget more transparent and more effective, without increasing its size.

Ivailo Kalfin, a member of the Monti group, spoke to EURACTIV about the need to involve national parliaments and other stakeholders in the discussion.

“The own resources debate is a very important one for the national governments and parliaments. Actually, its aim is to make the European budget more autonomous, which means cheaper for the taxpayers with less national transfers to the European budget, without taking away the possibility that member states decide on every single euro which is spent in Europe”, Kalfin said.

“This debate has to reach the national parliaments and the national governments. There are ways to make Europe be much more stable in terms of policies and much less of a burden and much less of a burden for national budgets”, he added.

Kalfin currently serves as Bulgaria’s Deputy Prime Minister, and represents the centre-left S&D in the Monti group on behalf of the European Parliament, together with Alain Lamassoure (EPP) and Guy Verhofstadt (ALDE).

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