(MENAFN - AFP) The European Parliament voted on Wednesday to boost the EU's budget by 1.3 billion euros next year, despite proposals by national governments for budget cuts of a billion euros.
The vote came after the Commission warned it would not be able to pay its bills from November without an emergency funding boost and is designed to pressure national leaders arriving in Brussels on Thursday for a two-day summit.
MEPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of increasing the 2014 budget to 136.1 billion, with 480 votes in favour to 119 against and 86 abstentions.
The decision marks the renewal of a bitter tussle between the EU's Brussels heart and national capitals over amount of money the 28-state bloc will have to spend for the rest of the decade.
Member states had proposed a 2014 budget of 134.8 billion euros, 1.06 billion less than the Commission wanted.
The vote is not binding, but will trigger a 21-day period of negotiation between EU states, the executive and the legislature.
In the last negotiating round, national governments in the European Council chopped more than a billion euros off the European Commission's forecast for needs next year.
Some 300 million was put back into aid for the Middle East and refugees.
"The EU must live up to its promises and obligations," said Danish centrist MEP Anne Jensen, who is steering the budget through Parliament.
French centre-right MEP Alain Lamassoure, the Parliament's budget committee chair, said negotiations had begun on a "jumbo package" to fill the 2013 spending gap, maintain policy objectives for 2014 and settle spending through to 2020.
Lamassoure warned that if member states balked at the new demands, the Parliament would force the EU to work off monthly roll-on figures based on current spending.
The Parliament also reversed planned cuts in funding for EU border control agency Frontex and humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees.
It will vote on Thursday to plug a 2.7-billion-euro cash shortfall until the end of 2013.