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UKIP and Labour at Budget Commissioner Hearing

A correction is due to the posting below. Marta Andreasen arrived late for the meeting due to bad weather that delayed her journey. Towards the end of the meeting she contributed to the discussions. At the time I wrote yesterday, the first round of debates were happening and there was nobody to speak from the EFD Group. The Conservatives' ECR group was represented by its Flemish member Mr Eppink.

In the closing statements of the debate, another British voice was raised, that of Welsh Labour MEP Derek Vaughan. He asked Janusz Lewandowski whether he would resist any renationalisation of cohesion funds. The leaders of wealthier member states, Gordon Brown among them, have questioned the increase in EU cohesion policy. Brown was known to support renationalisation, suggesting that the UK's poorer regions be subsidised domestically. Since July 2009, Britain's 13 Labour MEPs have been behaving much more like an opposition and in open contradiction of the national party's policy position. Vaughan defence of structural funds is an interesting case of this.

 

Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 10:00AM by Registered CommenterDr Giacomo Benedetto | CommentsPost a Comment

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