Blair fails to win support of Eastern EU members for budget
Blair, whose country holds the six-month rotating presidency of the EU until the end of this month, is seeking agreement on the budget for 2007-2013 at a December 15-16 summit after rejecting a proposal made by the Luxembourg presidency in June that would have set the EU budget limit at 1.06% of GDP. Eastern European leaders said the proposal would cut the amount of development aid to help their nations, which joined May 2004. Gyurcsány called for an overhaul of the budget's three main areas, the British rebate, agricultural subsidies and the development aid, simultaneously.
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