Kinnock time-wasting Oct03
Glenys Kinnock MEP has been accused of time wasting during crucial
meetings of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Rome by pushing for
discussions on the budgetisation of the European Development Fund (EDF).
Bashir Khanbhai MEP, Conservative ACP Spokesman in the European
"Irrespective of the merits of
bringing the European Development Fund under the control of the European
Parliament, these talks should be used to address the critical issues
facing ACP countries and not the personal political agenda of Mrs Kinnock.
We must set a strategy for the
development of vital infrastructure in these countries in order to
encourage diverse economies and promote growth.
Self-reliance is the key to solving the problems of the poor.
The budgetisation of the EDF is an
issue which is certain to be met with strong opposition from Member States
and one which should be discussed in Brussels, not when there are more
important matters on the agenda."