The UK has added 2.5 billion euros in its revised proposal for the EU’s long term budget, which is to be handed out in small amounts to the new member states. But France and Poland have voiced loud opposition.
The UK’s 14 December proposal adds a mere 2.5 billions euros. This is spread out in small portions mainly to the 10 new member states, who stand to lose around 12 billion euros of the 160 billion euros in structural funds. This would amount to cutting roughly 10% off the money that the new member states were set to receive under the Commission’s proposal.
Greece and Portugal have also been given small amounts of extra funds.
The controversial UK budget rebate is not mentioned in the 14 December proposal, but it is widely expected that the UK will have to make a further concession on the rebate in order for the summit to reach a deal. So far the UK has offered to give up 8 billlion euros of the budget rebate.
The UK wants the summit to back a 2008 review clause on the EU budget and CAP spending. Such a review would however only take effect in the following budget period starting from 2013.