Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018

Italy to fight its corner in EU budget talks, says Catricala


Bologna, November 21 - Italy will fight its corner
this week when it seeks to block demands to rein in European
Union spending at this week's summit in Brussels, Cabinet
Undersecretary Antonio Catricala' said Wednesday.
Leaders of the 27-member European Union will begin a summit
on Thursday to discuss the European Commission's
one-trillion-euro seven-year budget plan, which represents a 5%
Some countries, including Britain, Germany and Sweden, are
demanding cuts of as much as 200 billion euros to the plan.
Britain, which also wants the EU budget for 2013 to be
frozen at 2011 levels rather than increased by 6.8%, has
threatened to veto a deal if there are no cuts.
However, Rome is opposed to spending reductions and Italy's
European Affairs Minister Enzo Moavero has also threatened to
use the veto if the budget "is not fair to our citizens and
harmful to our country".
"I cannot reveal what minister Moavero is planning to do,"
Catricala said during a radio interview in Bologna Wednesday.
"Of course, we will make our arguments stick".

photo: Cabinet Undersecretary Antonio Catricala'

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