Kölmel: A separate budget for the Euro countries will provoke divisions

Apr 27, 2016


Bernd Kölmel, spokesman of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) in the Budget Committee and MEP within the ALFA Delegation issued a statement today, in which he warned against the recent idea of a separate budget for the Euro-countries, as was recently proposed by the Christian Democrats (EPP) and the Socialists (S&D) in the European Parliament.

During a joint meeting of the Committees on Budgets (BUDG) and Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON), he commented that “A separate budget for the Eurozone Countries will do nothing but provoke divisions between EU Member States. The Euro has quite obviously been a problematic currency, which makes the idea of a separate budget not acceptable. Instead of focusing on and discussing the design flaws, this report chooses to keep propping it up.”

Earlier, the representatives appointed by the two Committees deputies – Germany’s Reimer Böge (CDU) and French Socialist Pervenche Berès – presented initial ideas in a report entitled “Financial capacity for the euro zone”. In addition to the establishment of a separate budget for the Euro Countries, they suggested the creation of a European Unemployment Agency, and the use of a separate EU tax to fund it

Koelmel illustrated one example, which could lead to resentment and division: “Should an employee in Germany, who has to work until 67 years of age before being eligible for retirement, really be required to pay for employees in other Euro countries who are allowed to retire at age 60? That isn’t sustainable.”
Bernd Koelmel asserts that instead, the EU should recollect the principle of subsidiarity, so as not to create deeper divides. “A uniform budget for the Euro Countries is poison.”