Belgian MEP Jean-Luc Dehaene
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Top parliament negotiator Dehaene sees EU budget gains

The European Parliament's chief negotiator on the EU's long-term budget says spending will be more flexible in future, despite a significant budget cut.

Jean-Luc Dehaene, a Belgian centre-right MEP in the European People's Party, told the BBC that unspent EU funds would no longer be handed back to governments - they would be ploughed back into the EU budget.

He was speaking after MEPs approved the 2014-2020 budget.

  • 19 Nov 2013