EU Budget

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L to R: Sarah Ludford MEP, George Georgiou & Lynne Featherstone MP


New opportunities for London’s universities and businesses as millions of EU research funding announced

From today, universities and businesses in London can apply for millions of pounds worth of European funding under the first of round of the EU’s latest research programme.


The new EU framework, Horizon 2020, will be the world’s largest research programme with a budget of more than £65 billion over the next seven years.


London’s universities and labs are already leading the way having netted £1.2bn in EU research and science funding since 2007, the 4th highest budget share for any region in the whole of the EU. But London could be in line for even more - around £1.5bn - over the next seven years.


Liberal Democrat MEP for London Sarah Ludford commented:


Billions of new EU funding for London’s universities and small firms

Liberal Democrat MEP for London Sarah Ludford today hailed a major victory for the London research community as the European Parliament overwhelmingly approved the EU's new £64 billion research and innovation programme for the next 7-year period.


The new framework Horizon 2020 will be the largest research programme in the world and will see an increase of funding of almost a third compared to the current period.


Erasmus funding boost will make it easier to study abroad

The European Parliament today approved the new Erasmus+ programme which will provide over £12 billion for young people, staff and teachers to study or train abroad over the next seven years, an increase of 40% compared to the current budget.


The programme also includes a new Masters Loan Guarantee, backed by the European Investment Bank, which will enable students to take out low-interest loans of up to £15,000 to undertake post-graduate studies across the EU.


MEPs cut EU budget but London gains

The European Parliament has voted to cut the EU’s next seven-year budget (2014-2020) by £30 billion compared to the current one for 2007-13. Farm spending is cut by 13% while spending on high-value R&D, transport and other pro-growth investment is greatly increased.


But London will receive a big boost to its European funding because of the priority being given to research, jobs and transport to aid European competitiveness.


EU funding crucial for Southwark HIV prevention research

Liberal Democrat MEP for London Sarah Ludford visited a research lab at Guy’s Campus in Southwark last Friday along with LibDem MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark Simon Hughes and Cllr Anood Al-Samerai to see an EU-funded project into HIV prevention.


London universities and SMEs to benefit from research funding

Liberal Democrat MEP for London Sarah Ludford has welcomed the news of a deal on the EU's £60 billion research programme that will bring huge benefits to businesses and universities across the UK.


The new programme, Horizon 2020, includes significant funding for industry, and a separate £2.3 billion budget line for small businesses pushed for by Liberal Democrat MEPs.


In the previous research funding round (FP7), £10.2 million was granted to Kings College London (KCL) for crucial research into HIV prevention, with other London universities also benefiting from research grants.


Sarah Ludford commented:


Jobs boost for London as EU science deal struck

This week MEPs and national ministers in Brussels agreed on the new EU research and innovation programme "Horizon 2020".


Over the past five years, the current EU framework programme (FP7) has brought €3.73 billion in science funding to the UK, supporting cutting-edge research in areas such as stem-cell therapy, clean energy and nano-technology.


In the previous funding round, £10.2 million was granted to Kings College London for crucial research into anti-retroviral microbicides to tackle HIV, with other London universities also benefiting from research grants.


Sarah Ludford Liberal Democrat MEP for London said:


Give London rightful power over £1 billion EU fund


London Liberal Democrat MEP Sarah Ludford has written to Business Secretary Vince Cable urging him to give the Greater London Authority (GLA) supervision of how European funding worth £1 billion to London should be spent.

The GLA currently has partial powers on behalf of central government, but in the letter Sarah argues that it should become a fully-fledged 'Management Authority’ with direct responsibility for managing EU Structural Funds.

Sarah Ludford said:

Sarah's speech to Parliament on the EU Budget

Sarah Ludford (ALDE ). – Mr President, I have just had to sit through a speech of the most breathtaking hypocrisy from the British Labour leader here, Glenis Willmott, displaying all the cynicism, opportunism, and shoddiness which led her Westminster colleagues to team up with Tory Europhobes and undermine David Cameron’s prospects for an acceptable Brussels deal.

Mrs Willmott – I see that she has gone – has a cheek to talk about smashing alliances when her party has sabotaged the chance of rallying round a sensible call for restraint in the EU budget in the form of a freeze.

Above-inflation increase in EU spending unreasonable


Commenting ahead of an expected majority vote in the European Parliament for a 6.8% increase of the 2013 EU budget London LibDem MEP Sarah Ludford said:


"When there is huge pressure on public spending across Europe and people are under serious financial strain, no more than a real-terms budget freeze for the EU next year is acceptable. That is why LibDems firmly oppose the proposed 6.8% increase."


"I welcome the European Parliament agreement in any case to real term cut in its own budget, with frozen MEP allowances and MEP travel allowances cut by 5%."


On proposals for the EU's long term budget for 2014 onwards, the so-called 'Multiannual Financial Framework', Sarah Ludford said:


Member States must come clean on use of EU taxpayers' money

London Liberal Democrat MEP Sarah Ludford has welcomed a Brussels commitment, secured through strong pressure from Liberal Democrat MEPs, for stricter monitoring of the way the 27 national governments spend EU taxpayers' money.

The Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) group in the European Parliament have long been demanding that Member States produce annual statements of their EU budget spending. Today the European Commission made a commitment to ensure that these reports would not only be submitted but made public.

The Court of Auditors, the EU auditor, has issued a negative report for seventeen years in a row due to the unacceptably high error rate, in national accounts, of EU money received and spent.

Sarah Ludford commented:

EU states must support end to 'travelling circus'

London Liberal Democrat MEP Sarah Ludford has joined a majority of MEPs in again demanding a single workplace for Euro-MPs instead of the absurd trek between Brussels and Strasbourg that they are currently condemned to because of decisions by the 27 EU governments.

MEPs made the call during a vote on the EU's spending in 2010. A single seat for the European Parliament in Brussels would save around £145 million (€180 million) a year on the EU budget. 

MEPs vote for thrift and single seat

London Liberal Democrat MEP Sarah Ludford has welcomed the endorsement by a majority of MEPs for the European Parliament to end the 'travelling circus' to Strasbourg in favour of one permanent seat which would be in Brussels.

Voting on EU budget guidelines for 2013 MEPs also decided to freeze their own allowances until mid-2014 and cap their travel budget at its present level in line with their demand that all EU institutions cut their administrative spending.

Sarah Ludford commented:

"MEPs must tighten their own belts. But to ensure taxpayers are getting maximum value for money we need an independent evaluation of the EU budget to point up scope for cuts."

MEPs should tighten own belts

London Liberal Democrat MEP Sarah Ludford is calling for the European Parliament to freeze MEPs' allowances until the end of the legislature in 2014 as well as to seek freezes on travel costs and administrative spending in all EU institutions.

Commenting ahead of tomorrow's vote in the European Parliament on the 'guidelines' for the EU's budget in 2013 Sarah Ludford commented:

"At this time of national austerity the EU's budget also needs to be shaken up to get rid of waste. MEPs must lead the way in tightening our own belts. Freezing our allowances and capping our travel budget at its present level is a good start."

European Parliament must not spend fortune on Strasbourg madness

Liberal Democrat London MEP Sarah Ludford has called for the blocking of plans by European Parliament bosses known as the 'bureau' to spend £26 million (€30 million) on improving MEP offices in the Parliament's Strasbourg building.

The Parliament is currently obliged under the EU treaties - fixed by the 27 national governments - to sit in both Brussels and Strasbourg in a 'travelling circus'. But in June a majority of MEPs voted in favour of maintaining a single seat in Brussels which would save 19000 tonnes of CO2 every year as well as a great deal of money given that the estimated cost of maintaining Strasbourg is €180 million a year.

Sarah Ludford said:

The future of EU funding

Sarah Ludford MEP sets out her response to the government's proposal to re-nationalise EU regional funding calling for a continuing EU approach to find solutions to common problems.

"The UK government's proposal for EU regional policy"

A response by Baroness Sarah Ludford Liberal Democrat MEP for London

EU Enlargement

Liberal Democrats welcome the enlargement as an historic opportunity whilst acknowledging the challenges this enlargement brings to internal cohesion as disparities within the Union widen. Future EU citizens in the accession countries have voted resoundingly for security prosperity and an entrenchment of their democracies in the community of human rights and the rule of law.

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