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While the British EU presidency was preparing new proposals this Wednesday to break the deadlock over the European Union budget, MEPs in Strasbourg were holding debate of their own. They have co-decision power with the member states in this domain. Although London has agreed to pay its fair share of the costs of the bloc’s enlargement, the main groups in the European Parliament say they would be ready to veto any bad compromise.

Spanish socialist Salvador Garriga Polledo said: “It is impossible to build a Europe of 27 states with the same money we were using for fifteen.” Critics said the proposed budget is just too small. Lithuanian euro-MP Laima Liiucija Andrikiené is with the conservative European People’s Party: “I know that all new member states are not happy with this British proposal, the old one; We hope to see a new one, we still hope that will be better. This political will to reach an agreement is a good basis because we have had enough crisis and problems in the European Union this year and the year before.”

The liberal group captain, Graham Watson, said Europe had to be given the means to compete globally. Green party co-president Daniel Cohn-Bendit issued a warning: “Europe can not pay for re-nationalisation, re-nationaisation of its thinking, to reduce its capacity to intervene constructively. Europe can not allow that.” The tortuous talks on a 2007-2013 budget reach a climax at a summit in Brussels this Thursday and Friday.

While the British EU presidency prepared to present new proposals this Wednesday to break the deadlock over the European Union budget, MEPs in Strasbourg were holding debate of their own. Although London has agreed to pay its fair share of the costs of the bloc’s eastward enlargement, certain critics in the European Parliament were saying the point is the proposed budget is just
too small.

Spanish socialist Salvador Garriga Polledo: “It is impossible to build a Europe of 27 states with the etats avec l’argent qu’on etait en train d’utliser pour les Quinze” Laima Liiucija Andrikiené, PPE, Lithuanie “I know that all new members states are not happy of this british proposal, the old one, we hope to see a new one, we still hope that will be better. This political will to reach an agreeement is a good basis beaucause we have had to eneough crisis and problems in the European Union this year and the year before”
Daniel Cohn-Bendit “L’Europe ne peut pas ce payer, la re-nationalisation, la re-nalisation de la pensé, cette à dire la diminuition de la capacité d’intervention de l’Europe, voila ce que l’Europe ne peut pas ce permettre”