Zapatero to give Blair ultimatum over EU aid
9 December 2005, LONDON — Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero was planning to present an ultimatum to Tony Blair during a lightning visit to London.
9 December 2005
LONDON — Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero was planning to present an ultimatum to Tony Blair during a lightning visit to London.
Zapatero was expected to tell the British prime minister that Spain is not prepared to approve any EU budget which does not guarantee the right of Spain to receive funds up until 2013.
The latest proposal made by the British presidency of the EU was for Spain to receive funds until 2010.
An outright rejection of the proposal by a member state represents a veto.
Spain wants the reduction of EU funds it has received each year since it joined the European Union in 1986 to be a progressive process.
Zapatero is also expected to use the meeting at 10 Downing Street to call for more solidarity from EU countries towards the Eastern European nations.
He will also ask for special attention to be paid to immigration policies and to call for greater investment in research, development and innovation.
The meeting between the Spanish and British premiers was arranged after the British EU budget proposal was overwhelmingly rejected by the European Commission earlier this week.
The vast majority of member states accused Blair of showing a lack of solidarity with the newest, poorer EU member states.
Zapatero was expected to return to Madrid by Friday night.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news