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    Brexit, future scenarios and multi-annual budget key challenges for EU - Latvian MEP

    RIGA, June 18 (LETA) - The three key challenges to the EU in the nearest future are the negotiations about the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the EU (Brexit), the choice of the scenario for the EU's future and the multi-annual budget framework, Latvian MEP Roberts Zile (National Alliance) said in an interview with LETA.

    He said that by the end of this year the EU leaders had to make up their mind about choosing one of the five scenarios for the future of the EU as proposed by the European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker.

    "I would prefer the Doing Less More Efficiently scenario," Zile said, adding that he expected the pragmatic approach to prevail and the main scenario would probably be multi-speed Europe.

    The second major challenge will be the EU seven-year budget for the period after 2021. It is important to understand whether the budget will be slashed significantly and whether the Cohesion policy and structural funds would still apply to the countries like Latvia, the MEP said.

    The third challenge is the Brexit negotiations. Countries should not be punished for daring to withdraw from the EU, Zile said.

    The Brexit talks should not focus exclusively on the money. Cooperation with the United Kingdom and the citizens' rights should also be discussed. It would be very wrong for the EU "to act like a divorcee, who has no future and who is only interested in getting more money out of the disintegrating marriage to live on it until the very end," he said.

    • Published: 18.06.2017 13:33
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