Britain says Spain has no right to more EU aid
23 May 2005, BRUSSELS - The British foreign secretary said Spain has not contributed "a penny" to the European Union aid funds and has no right to more grants.
23 May 2005
BRUSSELS - The British foreign secretary said Spain has not contributed "a penny" to the European Union aid funds and has no right to more grants.
Jack Straw added that Madrid had no right to extend the period of time it receives
EU cohesion fund money after 2006.
Britain joined Germany in attacking Spain over its efforts to prolong EU aid cash payments.
At a meeting of foreign ministers in Brussels, Straw said aid funds should be paid to parts of the EU which most need the cash.
Last week, Luxembourg, which has EU presidency, outlined a plan which would introduce steep cuts in the EU budget.
The cuts would reduce EU spending from 1.26 percent of EU GDP, to just 1.1 percent.
The German foreign minister, Joschka Fischer, was also against allowing Spain two more years of EU payments of EUR 2 billion each year.
Spain has campaigned for a gradual reduction in EU aid to Madrid, rather than a sudden
end to the grants which have played a crucial role in revitalising its economy
after it joined in 1986.
The ten new members of the EU are expected to receive aid, instead of Spain and other countries which have been receiving economic development grants.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news