• Sweden's news in English

Reinfeldt: no drama in EU budget talks breakdown

TT/The Local/dl · 23 Nov 2012, 18:43

Published: 23 Nov 2012 18:43 GMT+01:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Earlier in the day, the talks had been described as "frustrating" from the Swedish side, when Swedish officials realized that their views on the EU's long-term budget, which covers 2014-20 spending, had been ignored.

Sweden, along with the UK and other countries concerned about profligate EU spending, were unable to reach an agreement with poorer member states which are more dependent on financial support from Brussels.

British Prime Minister David Cameron accused EU members fighting against budget cuts of living in a "parallel universe".

But when word emerged on Friday afternoon that the talks had broken down altogether, Reinfeldt remained circumspect.

"There's no major drama in this, things like this take time," he told the TT news agency.

"It's useful for our position to have this take time. For me it's important to not have a feeling that we are in a hurry to reach an agreement."

Reinfeldt explained that the budget wouldn't come into force until 2014, meaning there is still time for a new meeting among EU leaders, which has tentatively been planned for February.

The prime minister also refused to divulge his views on whose fault it may have been that the talks broke down.

Story continues below…

"There are sizeable expectations about spending out there in Europe and then there are a few sitting there saying that we need to slow down; that we need to be more cautious," he said.

Reinfeldt explained that negotiations over Sweden's EU rebate never had a chance to start, confirming that Sweden, the UK, and a few other countries had demanded lower spending, but refusing to go into exact figures.

On Thursday, Reinfeldt signalled Sweden was prepared to accept a hike in the fees Sweden pays into the EU, as the country's finances are more robust than many of its European neighbours.

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

21:32 November 23, 2012 by voiceofreason
Since Sweden's finances are so good, I will appreciate a tax rebate.

I hate to spend my taxes on other EU member states who are in the habit of consuming EU budget
21:39 November 23, 2012 by skogsbo
no drama, because other leaders with more bal..s are fighting for a reduction in the budget he has already agreed. A weak wimp.
16:21 November 24, 2012 by ontheball
He's right. There was no drama. That's because Reinfeldt is a good little Swede and does what he is told by his masters.

Sweden is sleepwalking into the EU superstate.
17:16 November 24, 2012 by Steve Potts
The only people that want an EU superstate are the ones that are on the EU gravy train. The EU MUST be made to account for all of this spending. Why does Belgium get so much money from the EU?
Today's headlines
Sweden: Russian warships in the Baltic 'worrying'
Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist. Photo: Vilhelm Stokstad/TT

Two Russian warships equipped with long-range missiles have entered the Baltic Sea after passing Denmark.

Why businesses are worried about Sweden's drone ban
A drone filming in Stockholm. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

The Local investigates what Sweden's new drone ban could mean for businesses in the country.

This is the new top boss of Swedish Ericsson
Börje Ekholm. Photo: Magnus Hjalmarson Neideman/SvD/TT

Telecoms giant Ericsson has appointed a new CEO after a turbulent year for the company.

These are Sweden's best universities: ranking
A new university ranking has been released. Photo: Cecilia Larsson Lantz/Imagebank.sweden.se

At least according to this global ranking, which picks 12 Swedish universities among the top-1000.

Swedish pharmacies restrict paracetamol sales for teens
The move is intended to cut paracetamol overdoses. Photo: Nora Lorek/TT

Sweden's pharmacies are banning teens under 18 from buying more than one pack of pills at a time.

The Local List
12 Swedish words with just awesome literal translations
A filthy-minded lobster, i.e. a snuskhummer. Photo: Gorm Kallestad/NTB scanpix/TT

One of our favourite things about the Swedish language is its wonderful compound words, which range from being utterly bizarre to making perfect sense.

Rwandan genocide suspect held in Sweden
A memorial centre in Kigali, Rwanda. Photo: Ben Curtis/AP

A man has been arrested in Sweden suspected of involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide which claimed 800,000 lives.

Sweden can extend border controls, EU says
A police officer carrying out a check at Sweden's border with Denmark. Photo: Emil Langvad/TT

EU countries including Sweden should be granted permission to extend temporary border controls by a period of a further three months, the European Commission has decided.

Nobel Prizes
'I'd say he's arrogant but I'd be lying': Swedes on Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan performing in France. Photo: David Vincent/AP

Almost two weeks have passed since Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature and he has yet to acknowledge the win. The Local asked Swedes what they think of the singer's silence.

Sweden cuts 2016 refugee forecast by thousands
A Swedish migration authority office in Stockholm. Photo: Maja Suslin/TT

The country has also slashed its prediction for 2017.

Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Property of the week: Kungsholmen, Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Will Swedes soon be looking for fairtrade porn?
The Local Voices
'I simply don’t believe in nationality'
Blog updates

6 October

10 useful hjälpverb (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej! I think the so-called “hjalpverb” (auxiliary verbs in English) are a good way to get…" READ »


8 July

Editor’s blog, July 8th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hej readers, It has, as always, been a bizarre, serious and hilarious week in Sweden. You…" READ »

Sponsored Article
This is Malmö: Football capital of Sweden
Why we're convinced Game of Thrones is based on Sweden
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
People-watching: October 21st-23rd
Fury at plans that 'threaten the IB's survival' in Sweden
Analysis & Opinion
Are we just going to let half the country die?
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Angry elk chases Swede up a lamp post
Sponsored Article
Swedish for programmers: 'It changed my life'
The Local Voices
'Alienation in Sweden feels better: I find myself a stranger among scores of aliens'
People-watching: October 20th
Sponsored Article
Top 7 tips to help you learn Swedish
The Local Voices
A layover at Qatar airport brought this Swedish-Kenyan couple together - now they're heading for marriage
Sponsored Article
‘Extremism can't be defeated on the battlefield alone’
Swede punches clown that scared his grandmother
Fans throw flares and enter pitch in Swedish football riot
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Could Swedish blood test solve 'Making a Murderer'?
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Property of the week: Linnéstaden, Gothenburg
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
Swedish school to build gender neutral changing room
Sponsored Article
One expat's strategy for making friends in Stockholm
People-watching: October 14th-16th
Sponsored Article
Nordic fashion in focus at Stockholm University
Man in Sweden assaulted by clowns with broken bottle
Nobel Prize 2016: Literature
Watch the man who discovered Bob Dylan react to his Nobel Prize win
Record numbers emigrating from Sweden
People-watching: October 12th
The Local Voices
'Swedish startups should embrace newcomers' talents - there's nothing to fear'
How far right are the Sweden Democrats?
Property of the week: Triangeln, Malmö
Sweden unveils Europe's first elk hut
The Local Voices
Syria's White Helmets: The Nobel Peace Prize would have meant a lot, but pulling a child from rubble is the greatest reward
jobs available