Faced with a looming gap in the EU's post-2020 budget caused by Brexit and higher security spending, the Commission is considering cutting funding for farmers, conditioning disbursements on the rule of law in member states and removing rebates once the UK leaves.
The row over a hefty top-up to the UK’s contribution to the EU budget worsened Monday (27 October) as Prime Minister David Cameron repeated he would not pay, and the EU Budget Commissioner warned there was no possibility of delaying payment without re-opening questions over the UK’s rebate on the European budget.
British Prime Minister David Cameron hopes to enlist the support of Germany and other rich north European countries in his fight to freeze EU spending at budget talks starting tomorrow and is prepared to block a deal unless more savings are found.
French President François Hollande said it looked unlikely that European Union negotiators would reach an agreement today (23 November) on the bloc's nearly €1 trillion budget for 2014-2020. German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed hope that a deal could be reached at another summit early next year.
One week before heads of states and government are to convene a special summit in Brussels to discuss the 2014-2020 budget, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy tabled a €950-billion proposal that is €75 billion less than the Commission's initial recommendation.
Cyprus tabled yesterday (19 September) a ‘negotiating box’ for the European Union budget for 2014-2020, to be discussed by European affairs ministers on Monday. According to the paper, ministers are requested to limit their presentations to three minutes.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron can claim a victory at the 16-17 December summit which perhaps went unnoticed by the general public but was considered resounding by experts: the summit conclusions state that Britain has secured other EU countries' agreement that London will not contribute to future bailouts.
Two Tory frontbenchers in the European Parliament have announced their resignation from EU positions after Conservative leader David Cameron announced he would drop plans to hold a referendum on the EU's Lisbon Treaty should he come to power next year.
British opposition leader David Cameron has written to Czech President Václav Klaus confirming his intention to hold a referendum on the EU's Lisbon Treaty should he win power next year before the treaty has entered into force.
A hard fought late night budget deal has put the EU back on track. Blair has rescued the remains of his European credentials while Germany’s Chancellor Merkel showed herself to be a new force to be reckoned with.
Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel is the 'woman in the middle'. She backs Blair in principle but does not want to jeopardise ties with France and must avoid Germany ending up footing the EU bill once again.
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.