2010年10月28日星期四

大衛卡梅倫收回承諾對歐盟預算軟化

大衛卡梅倫對歐盟預算軟化
David Cameron softens on EU budget

David Cameron is preparing to retreat on pledges to cut the European Union budget and accept a deal that would increase British taxpayers’ contribution by at least £435 million.
大衛卡梅倫正準備收回削減歐盟預算的承諾,和接受一協議那會增加英國納稅人的貢獻至少四億三千五百萬英鎊。
By James Kirkup and Bruno Waterfield
Published: 8:52AM BST 28 Oct 2010
Translation by Autumnson Blog
Diplomats said Mr Cameron is in a powerful bargaining position because of Franco-German plans to rewrite the EU's rules to support the struggling Eurozone Photo: PA
外交官說卡梅倫處於一個有力的談判位置,因為德法計劃重寫歐盟的規則,以支持陷入困境的歐元區 圖文:PA

The Prime Minister last week promised to fight plans to increase the European Commission’s budget by 5.9 per cent and said its 2011 budget should be frozen or cut.
首相上週答應去為計劃戰鬥,以增加歐盟委員會的預算百分之5.9,並表示它的2011年預算應被凍結或削減。
Last night, however, British sources conceded that the £107 billion EU budget will rise by at least £3.15 billion in 2011, with Britain’s share set to grow by £435 million.
但昨晚,英國消息來源承認,一千零七十億英鎊的歐盟預算將在2011年至少增長三十一點五億英鎊,而英國的份額將增加四億三千五百萬英鎊。
The budget deal, to be discussed at a Brussels summit today, is likely to trigger protests from many Conservative MPs, who want a cut in Britain’s payments to Europe.
預算協議今天將會在布魯塞爾的首腦會議討論,很可能會引發抗議從許多保守黨國會議員,他們想要削減英國的支付給歐洲。
The European Parliament has angered voters and EU leaders by demanding a 5.9 per cent rise in the European Commission budget for 2011.
歐洲議會已激怒了選民和歐盟領導人,以要求在 2011年的歐洲委員會預算上升百分之5.9。

Mr Cameron said at the weekend he would fight that plan and insisted that the 2011 budget deal “should be a freeze or a cut.”

But British sources last night conceded that the UK is bound by an agreement with other EU leaders for the budget to rise by at least 2.9 per cent.

“We cannot get anything less than 2.9 per cent. Of course we’re not happy about that, but there’s nothing we can do,” said a Government source.

The stark warnings raised suspicions that Downing Street was trying to downplay expectations over the budget, and no formal agreement is expected until next month.

Mr Cameron’s last hope of blocking the budget increase lies in a deal with France and Germany at this week’s summit.

British officials said that Angela Merkel of Germany and Nicolas Sarkozy of France may yet be persuaded to back Mr Cameron in seeking a budget increase of less than 2.9 per cent.

Diplomats said Mr Cameron is in a powerful bargaining position because of Franco-German plans to rewrite the EU’s rules to support the struggling Eurozone.

Changing EU treaties to allow a new bailout mechanism for Euro countries would require British consent

Minister for Europe David Liddington said the Prime Minister would be concentrating on trying to persuade fellow leaders of the importance of the budget issue.

Mr Liddington told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "What he's going to be focusing on is saying that whether it's 2011 or the more important long-term deal over the European budget, this is really something that deserves the highest priority among the leaders of all member states."

Peter Lilley, a former Cabinet minister, said that the talks on changing the treaties gave Mr Cameron an “ideal opportunity” demand a high price for British support.

In the Commons, he challenged ministers to promise that “support will not be given without obtaining concessions in return, that we will not give that support without demanding a price”.

Mr Cameron spoke to Mrs Merkel and Mr Sarkozy by telephone yesterday.

Government sources said that Mr Cameron will only agree to the Franco-German plan for new EU rules in exchange for support over the EU budget.

As well the 2011 budget, EU leaders are about to begin wider talks on the budget for 2014-20, where Britain’s £3 billion annual rebate will come under pressure.

In a move that is likely to inflame the debate over the EU budget, Baroness Ashton, Europe’s foreign minister, yesterday announced that she would be renting new Brussels offices at a cost of £10.5 million a year to house her new European diplomatic corps from next spring.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/8091953/David-Cameron-softens-on-EU-budget.html

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