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March 3, 2021

Commissioner Lewandowski: tough negotiations ahead on eu budget

European Commissioner for Budget Janusz Lewandowski stated yesterday that the negotiations on the EU’s 2011 budget will be “tougher than ever before,” considering that Europe is going through a period in which “crisis and egoism are going hand in hand,” Mediafax informs.

Lewandowski reiterated the dissensions that the European Parliament and the European Council have when it comes to the EU’s 2011 budget, stating that this situation “is extraordinary” and unprecedented in the last 26 years. He pointed out that the new budget proposal has chances of being accepted by the 27 member states as a compromise solution. Lewandowski stated that the main controversy surrounding the EU’s 2011 budget does not consists of figures but of the future manner in which the European Parliament and the Council will collaborate.

In his turn, Presidential advisor Leonard Orban stated that the issue is vital not just because EU members still disagree but also because the member states already have to outline the Union’s financial outlook beyond 2013.

Romania is very interested to see the common agriculture policy and the cohesion policy receiving consistent funds after 2013 too, against the backdrop in which there are already attempts to define the European Union’s new budget, Orban added. He stated that he does not rule out possible cuts in the funds earmarked for these policies but pointed out that Romania has to defend the idea of maintaining substantial financial allocations for these policies.

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