More than €133.6 billion of European Union budget payments last year were “affected by material error”, with official auditors expected to brand them as irregular and possibly illegal. “Payments for 2014 are materially affected by error. We therefore give an adverse opinion on their legality and regularity,” the report concluded. Responding to this UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott, a member of the EU Budget Control committee said: “This year's Court of Auditors' report is scathing about how the EU mis-spends its money, just as Cameron tells us back home he's renegotiating with the European Union.Tuesday, 10 November 2015 Written by: Jonathan Arnott Posted in: Press releases, 2015, Budgetary Control, Newsroom, November, Jonathan Arnott
The British government was badly defeated after boasting about cutting the budget as agreed in Council in 2015, but today (28th October) the European Parliament voted to reject the cuts and instead increase the EU budget 2016 by 4 billion euro. UKIP MEP and Budget Control committee member, Jonathan Arnott said in response: "Europhile MEPs have gone for a bunker-busting budget, increasing spending commitments by 4 billion euro. This is a major defeat for Cameron who boasted of getting an agreement to cut the budget at the European Council in 2015. This has been shown to be a sham.Wednesday, 28 October 2015 Written by: Jonathan Arnott Posted in: Press releases, 2015, Budgetary Control, Newsroom, October, Jonathan Arnott
Leading Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage seizes on decision as proof that 'the longer UK stays in EU, the more it costs'
The European Parliament has voted to reverse plans to cut the EU'S 2016 budget. MEPs instead pledged an extra €4.4bn to help with "challenges" posed by the refugee crisis, unemployment and problems within the agri-food sector. The move by the Parliament's influential budgets Committee follows the proposal in July by national governments to reduce next year's EU budget to €142.1bn, down from the European Commission's initial proposal of €143.5bn.Wednesday, 30 September 2015 Written by: Jonathan Arnott Nigel Farage Posted in: Latest news, 2015, Newsroom, September, Jonathan Arnott, Nigel Farage