Revised EU Budget Ignores Migration, Slovakia Warns

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Slovakia’s Finance Ministry is worried about the European Commission’s proposal to revise the EU budget with an extra 68.5 billion euros for the 2021-2027 period, wondering why there is a need to replenish migration reserves with an additional 15 billion euros.

Last week, the European Commission proposed to revise the EU’s 2021-2027 budget, but the Slovak Finance Ministry is questioning the need to do so.

The revision is “more ambitious than we expected”, and justification for new spending “is not fully clear”, the Finance Ministry said in a statement to EURACTIV Slovakia.

The situation in individual areas (e.g. migration) is not fundamentally different from the situation at the time when the multiannual financial framework was adopted,” the ministry added.

While the ministry acknowledged that available reserves were used to deal with the situation in Ukraine or natural disasters in Syria or Turkey, it said, “we need to be sure that the replenishment of the reserves, as proposed by the European Commission, is fully justified”.


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