UK still doesn't 'shoulder its fair share': France

14th December 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Dec 14 (AFP) - French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy charged Wednesday that Britain was not shouldering its fair share of EU costs, and said its latest proposals to break a deadlock on the bloc's budget were no basis for an agreement.

PARIS, Dec 14 (AFP) - French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy charged Wednesday that Britain was not shouldering its fair share of EU costs, and said its latest proposals to break a deadlock on the bloc's budget were no basis for an agreement.

The British offer unveiled earlier Wednesday for the 2007-13 budget "provides no basis for an agreement acceptable to all," he said at the start of a Senate debate on the European Union summit starting Thursday in Brussels.

Douste-Blazy charged that Britain's annual rebate from the budget was "a historical anomaly" and reaffirmed that it was "at the heart of the debate for everyone" in the bloc, not only for Paris.

"The United Kingdom is still not ready to shoulder its fair share of the financial burden," he charged, voicing hope that London's latest offer would not be its "last word".

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