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EU 2013 budget talks break down

The council of ministers were “unable to negotiate”, a spokesperson said.

Germany is pushing for am increase in spending.
Germany is pushing for am increase in spending.
Image: Dan Kitwood/PA Wire/Press Association Images

TALK BETWEEN European Union governments and the parliament to agree on a 2013 budget broke down on Friday, said Alain Lamassoure, who heads the European Parliament’s budget committee.

The budget needs to be agreed between the 27 EU states and the parliament but Lamassoure said: “The council (of ministers) were unable to negotiate so the negotiations were suspended.”

Minister of State Brian Hayes was in Brussels today to meet with EU finance ministers about the forthcoming budget for the bloc – and had underlined the importance of ministers reaching a conclusion on the matter today.

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Additional reporting by Jennifer Wade

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