A crushing majority of the members of the European Parliament have voted against the 2007-2013 budget accord struck by the European Union’s leaders in December.
The assembly concluded that the deal did not guarantee reinforced prosperity, solidarity and security for the future. The count was 541 No votes to 56 in favour, with 76 abstentions.
Parliament’s approval is required for the seven-year budget equivalent to 1.045 percent of EU output.
Strasbourg had underlined that the budget for 2006 is already at 1.09% of the bloc’s income, and at such a time of enlargement spending less raised questions.