Belgium: Sassoli condemns 'unjustifiable' cuts in proposed EU budget

European Parliament President David Sassoli expressed his satisfaction with the outcome of the EU summit, speaking at a press conference in Brussels on Wednesday after the 27 member states finally reached the deal on the bloc's post-COVID recovery fund as well as its pluriannual budget related to it. «The proposal is on the table but we want to improve it», said Sassoli, stressing that the amendments to the €1.1 ($1.27 trillion-worth budge, known as the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), cannot impact on the future of young Europeans, calling cuts affecting the youth and education «unjustifiable.» Instead, Sassoli suggested considering cuts in migration and asylum policies to fit the established budget. «We want to assess several cuts being proposed, which, from our point of view, should be correct», the president stressed. On Tuesday, a €750 ($868) hundred billion recovery fund was agreed to help fight Europe's worst economic downturn since World War Two, which has been caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
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