EU struggles to reach budget agreement

 
Flags outside the European Parliament next to a sculpture holding a euro sign Some countries support an enlarged EU budget

Senior EU officials are warning that it is proving harder than ever to reach an agreement on the European Union's next multi-annual budget.

Ministers are meeting on Monday for further talks and EU leaders will hold a special summit in November to try to strike a budget deal.

The European Commission has proposed an overall budget of 1,033bn euros ($1,337bn; £824bn) for 2014-2020.

But Britain and others say it should be about 100bn euros less than that.

Every six years or so, the EU has a big political fight about the size and structure of its next multi-annual budget.

At a time of economic crisis, that looming row is once again upon us.

The Commission points out that the budget it has proposed represents only about 1% of Europe's income, and many countries are supportive.

They want to protect spending programmes from which they benefit, such as the Common Agricultural Policy or Regional Funding for poorer areas of the European Union.

But a number of influential countries argue that increased spending is not tenable and they want a real freeze in the size of the budget.

Britain's Europe Minister David Liddington said he would be making it clear that the Commission has to "get into the habit of spending better, not always looking to spend more".

As for proposals to change the nature of the UK abatement or rebate - that, he said, "simply isn't going to happen".

 

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    Comment number 249.

    242.austriacus "The absolute minimum I would add is public health service"
    No. Witness the misuse of the NHS as an instrument of social control: 'eat / drink / do as we demand, else we'll ban or stigmatise you'. I predict that this arbitrating on who is and isn't 'deserving' of NHS care is the beginning of a slippery slope that will result in two-tier treatment and ultimately destroy the system.

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    Comment number 248.

    The church institution occupies great chunks of real estate historically given to it by the state. It is only right that the followers of that church pay for the space taken from the rest of the community. We should also apply the same logic to other institutions; the royal family springs at once to mind

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    Comment number 247.

    @242.austriacus
    Health is important, but Govt isn't responsible for your health. You're responsible for it. Health begins in the kitchen, not in Westminster or your neighbours wallet.

    You should eat well, exercise, don't smoke, don't drink too much, don't eat MacDonald's everyday don't take unnecessary risks. If you do, have insurance like you do for your phone, car or home

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    Comment number 246.

    @214
    "However, the Greek bailouts are not altruistic. If Greece went bust, they would likely take down all those German banks who lent Greeks cheap money to buy German goods. The continued LOANS are pure self-interest"
    No one is member of an economic community for altruistic reasons.
    This is the domain of aid and development agencies.

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    Comment number 245.

    233. Harry Lime
    27 MINUTES AGO
    I look to Europe to save us, Cameron and Osborne can't.
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    I look to superman to save us, Europe, Cameron and Osborne can't.

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    Comment number 244.

    Not everyone who is in favour of withdrawal from the EU (or at the very least, from the superstate project) supports UKIP aka the Daily Mail Party. They demand the borders be closed whereas I would be happy with immigration from Anglophone states which share our core values (Aus / NZ, US, Canada etc) and the protection of a Brit's right to take a foreign spouse from these states.

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    Comment number 243.

    Moderators you had better tell the Daily Mail then because what I said was in the my mums paper last week in black and white .

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    Comment number 242.

    @215
    "The only legitimate Govt institutions are military, police, courts, fire depts, prisons, an executive & legislature."
    The absolute minimum I would add is public health service, because an ill population does not serve the rich people well...

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    Comment number 241.

    237.Rosetta
    That would be the UKIP lot, however, there are quite a few of us in our 20s and we were the ones that voted lib/dem to keep the Tories out and got burned for the privilege
    **
    We've been voting Lib/Dem to try & keep the high Poll tax / money wasting kiss of death to the economy Labour out for years but that hasn't worked either, so I feel you pain.
    I'm surrounded by spongers help !

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    Comment number 240.

    239. Little_Old_Me

    Did you post completely the wrong link or mistakenly think it backed up your arguement when it does nothing of the sort?

    It relates to recent unemployment levels, ergo has nothing whatsoever to do with whether or not any given EU member state is better off or not since joining whenever they joined....
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    I was thinking that too. Typical lack of intelligence of a UKIP voter.

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    Comment number 239.

    235.Frédéric Bastiat


    Did you post completely the wrong link or mistakenly think it backed up your arguement when it does nothing of the sort?

    It relates to recent unemployment levels, ergo has nothing whatsoever to do with whether or not any given EU member state is better off or not since joining whenever they joined....

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    Comment number 238.

    Many countries have had budget deficits for a long time .
    They can no longer live on debts .
    So the spendings must be cut .
    Although my country will lose much money in this way I see no way out .
    Europe must save , must work harder .

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    Comment number 237.

    @229.yeahbutnobutyeah
    That would be the UKIP lot, however, there are quite a few of us in our 20s and we were the ones that voted lib/dem to keep the Tories out and got burned for the privilege. We have also realised that it is time for our voices to be heard and that it is us that will change the future as everyone else seems to think that they can barter for a better life at our expense.

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    Comment number 236.

    @163.powermeerkat

    It seems a cry "no taxation without representation"


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    What we really need is no representation without taxation.

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    Comment number 235.

    @232.Trout Mask Replica
    Irrefutable fact: The standard of living of people in Spain, Portugal, Ireland and even Greece are far even higher now than when they joined the EEC.
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    I refute thusly good sir:
    http://blogs.r.ftdata.co.uk/the-world/files/2012/01/europe-unemployment-map.jpg

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    Comment number 234.

    "Nebiroth
    How long did it take the rest of the EU to bully and intimdate countries like Ireland into holding repeated referenda in order to get the "correct" result?"

    When Ireland voted No they renegotiated the treaties and put the revised terms to referendum. What would you suggest they do instead? Have 3 million block approval for all 27 states and start all over again? Hardly democratic.

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    Comment number 233.

    I look to Europe to save us, Cameron and Osborne can't.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 232.

    "Frédéric Bastiat
    I think the relative standards of living for people in Spain, Portugal, Greece, Ireland and Italy were higher prior to their countries surrendering sovereignty in exchange for massive unemployment & sovereignty"

    Irrefutable fact: The standard of living of people in Spain, Portugal, Ireland and even Greece are far even higher now than when they joined the EEC.

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    Comment number 231.

    Cameron will never give us the EU vote because he has too many personal business interests in it himself. He along with the rest of the Tory conmen.

  • Comment number 230.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

 

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