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European Commission states which structural funds it may suspend as a sanction

Brussels wants to impose the suspension of 16 structural funds in Portugal and 33 in Spain as a sanction of excessive deficit.
European Commission headquarters,photo by Andrew Gustar/Flickr.

In a letter sent by the European Commission’s Vice-President, Jyrki Katainen to Martin Schulz, the President of the European Parliament, made public by a Portuguese television network, SIC, he suggests the suspension of 16 structural funds in Portugal and 33 in Spain as a sanction for the deficit.

In the letter, the European Commission proposes to the European Parliament that, “as there is no precedent for the application of this Article, it is proposed that a decision be taken by written procedure on a proposal from the President in order to determine a format for a structured dialogue between Parliament and Commission” from September on to define the suspension of the funds that will be used as a sanction.

The European Commission writes in the letter that the rules for the structural funds “should be suspended if the Council finds that a Member State has not taken effective action in response to a recommendation issued in the context of the excessive deficit procedure”.   

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