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Reinfeldt brands EU budget 'unrealistic'

Reinfeldt brands EU budget 'unrealistic'

Published: 30 Oct 2012 14:48 GMT+01:00
Updated: 30 Oct 2012 14:48 GMT+01:00

The proposals that have been unveiled are "unrealistic", according to the Swedish PM.

"They have to be lowered," Reinfeldt told news agency TT.

"In times of austerity, the EU budget must not grow. We need to cut three or four times as much as in this proposal to stabilise member states' contributions," European Affairs Minister Birgitta Ohlsson said in a statement.

On Monday, the Cyprus presidency presented a 2014-2020 EU budget plan that would cut costs "by at least 50 billion euros". The European Commission in July presented a budget that was 5.0 percent higher than in the previous period.

"Sweden cannot accept that the value of our rebate is reduced" while the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is exempt from cutbacks, Ohlsson added.

Europe needs to "invest in growth in order to compete with the US, China and India. (The Cyprus) proposal does the opposite," she said.

Asked whether Sweden would veto the proposal, Prime Minister Reinfeldt said:

"We continue the dialogue with net contributors who share our vision."

The country remains opposed to a reduction of its rebate, which it -- along with Britain, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands -- has negotiated on the grounds that it would otherwise be paying a disproportionate amount of the EU budget.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said earlier this month that he would veto an increased EU budget, calling it "unacceptable".

On Thursday, the Danish prime minister said that she too would veto the commission's proposal unless Copenhagen received a rebate on its contribution.

The EU budget will be discussed during a special November 22-23 summit.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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17:54 October 30, 2012 by johan rebel
Would be nice if somebodyhad the guts to follow through anf veto that budget. Cameron is porobably the only one who might actually do so.
18:17 October 30, 2012 by Brianito
Lol! ............... read between the lines !!!! A proposed budget by Cyprus and Cameron gets mentioned because of the colonial / empire ties Old Mother England has on the country. Politics aside, let the children play, as if Cyprus are a world economic heavyweight. A question to the editor at the Local ... why on earth do you even bother to report this crap to your readers? Wake me up when the Swedish Democrats have something funny to say !!!
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