Van Rompuy to propose €20bn extra budget cuts
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Three national diplomats and three EU officials to represent Union abroad.
Commission and Parliament officials may also take action.
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Summit schedule The leaders of the 27 member states plus Croatia – set to
join the EU in July – will begin their two-day summit in Brussels on
Thursday (7 February) at 3pm. Following the customary exchange of views
with Martin Schulz, the president of the European Parliament, the
leaders will hold a first plenary session on the EU's next seven-year
budget, followed by bilateral consultations.
Rompuy, the president of the European Council, does not intend to hold
bilateral meetings with all 28 leaders, as he did in November. His plan,
according to his office, is to complete negotiations on the long-term
budget on Thursday night, leaving Friday for discussions on starting
trade talks with the United States, on the Arab uprisings and on Mali.
Meetings ahaad of the summit:
Herman Van Rompuy, president of
the European Council, met Viktor Orbán, prime minister of Hungary, in
Brussels. He also met Algirdas Butkevicius, prime minister of
Van Rompuy will meet Mario Monti, prime minister
of Italy, in Brussels. Monti will then travel to Berlin for talks with
Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor.
Van Rompuy will meet
Prime Minister Victor Ponta of Romania in Brussels, while Merkel is due
to meet Mariano Rajoy, prime minister of Spain, in Berlin.
Merkel to hold talks in Paris with President François Hollande.
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