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Here is the state of the budget headings under the draft presented this morning by Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the European Council:
Total size: €960bn in commitments. Going into the budget summit in November, the proposal was €972bn. Actual payments will be €908.4bn.
Heading 1a: “Competitiveness for growth and jobs”: Overall figure is €125.7bn. It was €152.5bn in November.
Heading 1b: “Economic, social and territorial cohesion” (Cohesion Policy): The figure is now €324.7bn. It was €320.
Heading 2: “Sustainable growth: Natural resources”, including agriculture, fisheries, rural development. Was €373.5bn, now €372.2bn.
Heading 3: “Security and citizenship”, including immigration policy, health, consumer protection, and youth programmes: Was €16.7bn, now €15.7bn.
Heading 4 – “Global Europe”, including foreign policy, development aid): Was €60.7bn, now €58.8bn.
Heading 5: “Administration”: Cut from €62.63bn to €61.63bn. Also, staff cuts of 5% over five years, change to pensions, solidarity level of 6%. Some figures for specific projects and items of particular interest to individual countries:
UK: no change in the mechanism (specific figure not given).
Denmark: €130m per year. No rebate previously.
Netherlands: was €1.15bn, now €650m.
Sweden: was €325m, now €160m.
Infrastructure and research projects: Galileo, global satellite-based navigation system: Was €6.6bn, now €6.3bn.
Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) monitoring system: Was €4.9bn, now €3.8bn.
ITER, nuclear research project: €2.7bn, the figure it was before.
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Negotiations with international creditors over budget and reforms to resume this week
Agreement also given to budget for 2014.