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 329.

    What, the crooks can't decide on how much to steal from the people? They will though. I like what they say in the USA. 'No taxation without representation.' We have no representation. The unelected commissioners decide what they will grab. Not the parliament.

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    Comment number 328.

    So we pay them these amazing wages, incredible benefits and fairytale pensions and STILL the MEP'c can't deliver a realistic budget.

    It's time to REDUCE the pay, pensions and benefits of MP's, MEP's, Judges and Barristers. They are bleeding our country dry.

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    Comment number 327.

    Another lot of partying at 6-start restaurants and hotels at taxpayers expense. Getting the next jamboree lined up for November, I see.

    Are their any vacancies for senior partyists...sorry, ministers?

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    Comment number 326.

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    Comment number 325.

    This seems to be a never ending situation. The EU seems to be backed by Germany, and France. Most of the other states are not living up to their obligation. The southern zone is certainly dragging down the northern zone. Europe can't afford to just let the EU go, but then again Northern Europe can't afford to continually subject itself to bailing out the nations who can't or won't help themselves.

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    Comment number 324.

    Some people have been on here all day ranting the same untruths. It's like Daily Mail Groundhog Day.

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    Comment number 323.

    @300
    "The pro EU side do not want this for one reason they know they will loose.."
    But some of the pro EU side outside Britain support the idea of a referendum.

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    Comment number 322.

    Conserve-a-toff. Brilliant comment. Bannned by the BBC !!!. I wish I'd thought of it myself. Such artistry, Such insight. National Theatre material. Conserve-a-toff. What a threat to national security. They must be crapping themselves at the very thought of it.

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    Comment number 321.

    They haven't audited the accounts or published them for twelve years - what are they hiding?

    The worst thing is - they take this cash from ordinary citizens in the form of taxes - and the money is being squandered by the technocrats in Brussells who are on a gravy-train at our expense.

    Get rid of the lot of them and disband the EC.

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    Comment number 320.

    I have been well and truely spanked by the BBC moderators for I broke the rules of the Conserve-a-toff party. Don't like it do you matey boy ?

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    Comment number 319.

    311.Trout Mask Replica

    The EEC was set up to tie the economies of W Europe, especially France and Germany, together so that war between them (as happened 3 times in 70 years) became inconceivable. It has so far worked.
    ===
    What an achievement! Would not have happened otherwise eh?

    TMR - you name yourself after a poor album by Captain Beefheart. We've all moved on now - time to catch up!

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    Comment number 318.

    Eight hundred and twenty four thousand million euros of tax payers money... And they have not accounted for countless billions and billions over the last fourteen years.

    I smell a scam!

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    Comment number 317.

    311.Trout Mask Replica

    The EEC was set up to tie the economies of W Europe, especially France and Germany, together so that war between them (as happened 3 times in 70 years) became inconceivable. It has so far worked.
    ***
    So by that logic if there was no EU Germany & France would have been at war with each other again !
    Thats no proof... just another alarmist statement

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    Comment number 316.

    I think there should be a Eurozone referendum on whether to allow the UK to remain in the EU. I remember reading that the UK makes he lowest contributions to the EU budget when this is measured in terms of GNI (gross national income)

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    Comment number 315.

    Oh are we talking about Europe. ?
    This is where Tory/UKIP voters get all excited.." I'll have my dinner infront of the computer mummy "..
    Tapping away they go as a picture of Thatcher stares down at them from one wall with a bust of Churchill looking down at them from another. And all the while Elgar is sighing Jerusalem in the background.

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    Comment number 314.

    oh dear have they ever had a balanced Audit ? thought not good money after bad , were does the cash go ?

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    Comment number 313.

    The further away decision making gets from the people the greater the degree of corruption. You think our politicians are bad? They are saints compared with the EU gravy train.

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    Comment number 312.

    Billions literally Billions of dollars could be saved if the EU was disbanded and reformed in the original concept of a Common Market. It is mind boggling and frankly disturbing to see how this original concept has grown into the unelected body we see today. Incidentally has the EU had it's accounts signed off at all in the last decade?

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    Comment number 311.

    "MakeEveryDayCount
    EU is militarily powerless; Nato keeps peace"

    NATO was set up to protect Europe from EXTERNAL threats (the USSR originally), not from internal threats. The EEC was set up to tie the economies of W Europe, especially France and Germany, together so that war between them (as happened 3 times in 70 years) became inconceivable. It has so far worked.

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    Comment number 310.

    @302 Sorry, but the EU hasn't made any contribution at all to peace- NATO has though. The EU couldn't even bring peace to Yugoslavia, it took NATO to ensure peace there. The EU can't even deal with a damp squib.

 

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