Top budget official Oettinger: EU faces economic risks if budget not agreed this year

Top budget official Oettinger: EU faces economic risks if budget not agreed this year
# 16 September 2019 20:01 (UTC +04:00)

The European Union risks not being able to tackle the economic challenges it faces if it does not agree on a long-term budget by the end of the year, the bloc’s top budget official Guenther Oettinger said on Monday, APA reports citing Reuters.

“My big concern is that Europe will be in a difficult economic and geopolitical situation if there is no budget by the first of January,” Oettinger told an EU ministers’ meeting in Brussels, reminding them that Germany and other economies of the bloc are facing the risks of economic recession.

Germany is due to tell the meeting that it wants the bloc’s next budget for 2021-27 capped at 1 percent of the continent’s economy and below ceilings sought by other EU states that are preparing for a bruising fight on the matter.

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