5 May edition
A budget for investment - or an outlandish waste of money?
In a special edition of The Record Europe, Shirin Wheeler looks at the arguments surrounding the recent proposals for next year's EU spending.
The European Commission has put forward a budget of over 130bn, which would be almost seven percent higher than for the current year.
However, the programme hears from the Commission's chief budget spin doctor, Patrizio Fiorilli, who points out that much of the spending is to go towards projects that have already been agreed by EU member states.
But there's a counter-argument from Conservative MEP and eurosceptic blogger, Daniel Hannan, who questions the need for an EU budget at all, arguing that the money would be better spent on a national level.
With the Commission's proposals now on the table, the programme looks at the arguments that are set to develop between all the EU's institutions over the coming months.
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