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EU Council spending disapproved by the European Parliament - NEW EUROPE - The European News Source

Members of the European Parliament postponed, on March 17, the approving of the Council's administrative spending for the year 2007. Members of the Budgetary Control Committee claimed that the spending had become increasingly operational and therefore the Parliament should have scrutiny over the Council budget. Moreover, the Council has refused to give the committee more detailed facts. "The vote to postpone `granting discharge' was to show that MEPs took this issue very seriously but also to give Council the opportunity to deliver the information requested before the April plenary session, when the full House will vote on budget discharges for the EU institutions and agencies," said Søren Søndergaard, rapporteur for this issue. The Budgetary Control Committee decided to postpone granting discharge to other bodies also, for instance the Police College, mainly because of the lack of appropriate information as was the case for the Council. However, the Commission and other institutions and agencies got the approval of the EP.

by Fran on Thu Mar 26th, 2009 at 04:39:12 PM EST
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