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MEPs to cut EU foreign policy budget in tactical manoeuvre - EUobserver.com
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Members of the European Parliament's budget committee have approved a plan for EU spending in 2008 which includes a tactical move aimed at securing fresh money for the controversial Galileo satellite system and European technology institute projects.

The final part of the draft budget dealing with foreign policy was approved on Monday (8 October) and its full version is scheduled to get a first reading go-ahead by the whole plenary on 23 October in Strasbourg.

In a bid to strengthen their position against member states in the tough budgetary negotiations set to follow, deputies have suggested a 20 percent drop in next year's budget for foreign policy.

"This is the way for MEPs to make sure that the council negotiates further with them on other priorities, mainly Galileo and the technology institute - as the drop in sum for external policies which member states decide without the parliament's intervention is something strongly opposed by them," one official explained.
by Fran on Tue Oct 9th, 2007 at 11:43:51 PM EST
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