Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) (Budget): extracts from the arrivals and doorsteps
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council/Justus Lipsius
End production: 09/11/2012 First transmission: 09/11/2012
The European Ministers in charge of Budget gathered today in Brussels to try to reach agreement on the European budget 2013, based on the proposal of the Cyprus presidency.
Negotiations began this morning but were expected to run into the night, dividing EU Members State that want to cut spending and those that want to rise the budget.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of Andreas D. Mavroyiannis, Deputy Minister for European Affairs of Cyprus
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Andreas D. Mavroyiannis saying that today's meeting is expected to last the whole day, and if necessary the night in order to reach an agreement on the 2013 budget and on the amending budgets 5 and 6 of 2012. Tuesday is the deadline for reaching an agreement on these issues. Saying also that he hopes this will be manageable today or tomorrow morning. If not, then the presidency will have to find out what can be done on Monday or Tuesday (before Tuesday afternoon)
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Andreas D. Mavroyiannis saying that a success in today's negotiations would create a better atmosphere for converging and agreeing on the MFF (Multiannual Financial Framework). If not, this could poison the atmosphere a little bit. - entering the Council building
||Arrival of delegations (4 shots)
||Arrival of Jeroen Dijsselbloem, newly-appointed Dutch Minister for Finance - SOUNDBITE (Dutch) saying that he is looking forward meeting his new colleagues to outline the Dutch position on the budget proposal for 2013. There is no room for expansion of the budget. The Netherlands and many other European countries must take drastic action. How to explain that the EU budget continues to rise? (2 shots)