Three against one on UK rebate at EU budget talks

16th December 2005, Comments 0 comments

BRUSSELS, Dec 16 (AFP) - France, Germany and Spain presented Friday a joint proposal including a permanent cut to Britain's EU rebate, at talks in Brussels on resolving the European Union's budget deadlock, a Spanish official said.

BRUSSELS, Dec 16 (AFP) - France, Germany and Spain presented Friday a joint proposal including a permanent cut to Britain's EU rebate, at talks in Brussels on resolving the European Union's budget deadlock, a Spanish official said.

The proposal also called for a review of the entire budget applicable from 2014, after the 2007-2013 budget round which is the focus of fierce wrangling between European Union leaders.

"We have just presented a joint initiative to the British (EU) presidency which broaches the crucial issue in the negotiations of the equitable sharing out of the costs of enlargement," said Spain's Europe minister Alberto Navarro.

Specifically, they called for Britain to "fully assume the cost of enlargement on a permanent basis...We can talk about the amounts, but the principle is very clear, that enlargement is paid for by all member states."

Accord on the seven-year budget round is blocked notably by Britain's refusal to surrender its treasured rebate, and French resistance to calls for reform of Europe's long-disputed farm subsidy system.

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