Spain joins chorus of attacks on British EU budget plans

7th December 2005, Comments 0 comments

7 December 2005, BRUSSELS — Spain joined other European countries in attacking Britain over its proposals for the future European Union budget.

7 December 2005

BRUSSELS — Spain joined other European countries in attacking Britain over its proposals for the future European Union budget.

Spanish Economics Minister Pedro Solbes said: "It is a plan which is designed to help British interests."

The British proposals for the 2007-13 budget were unveiled on Monday.

A number of EU countries have objected and claimed Britain must increase the cash it pays to the budget.

They claim London must give up more of its rebate.

Some say the deal is unfair to new member states, which would suffer from cuts in development aid and that it leaves the EU with little to spend.

Others claim the British plans could not form the basis for a deal at next week's EU summit in Brussels.

The EU has a maximum total budget of EUR 846.7 billion to spend among the 27 countries between 2007-13.

French president Jacques Chirac also objected, telephoning British prime minister Tony Blair, urging him to think again.

Italy and Germany are among the other major countries objecting.

Britain has offered to pay EUR 8 billion more over seven years into a reduced budget of EUR 847 billion, compared with EUR 871 billion which was proposed by Luxembourg. 

The proposals will mean spending falls under one percent of EU gross national income by 2013, there will be cuts in development to new states and rural aid to older members
as well as less cash for the the EU bureaucracy.

Most importantly, there will be a review of the Common Agricultural Policy in 2008, which gives aid to hard-hit farmers.
 
EU foreign ministers will meet to discuss the budget on Wednesday.

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