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Press Release - Presidency ready to work for progress on the Commission’s new 2013 EU budget proposal
23.11.2012, 19:24 (CET)
The European Commission presented today, Friday, November 23, a new proposal on the draft annual EU budget for 2013, as stipulated by the Lisbon Treaty, since an agreement was not reached in the Conciliation procedure that ended on Tuesday, November 13. The new Commission text proposes a budget of commitment appropriations (CA) of EUR 152.502 million, which represents 1,15 % of EU gross national income (GNI), and for payment appropriations (PA) of EUR 143.911 million, or 1,08 % of GNI.

Cyprus’ Deputy Minister for European Affairs, Ambassador Andreas D. Mavroyiannis - who had chaired the relevant ECOFIN (Budget) Council meeting and Conciliation Committee - reiterated the Cyprus Presidency’s determination to work for rapid progress on the basis of the new draft budget, so the annual budget can be implemented as from the beginning of the new year.

“The new proposal appears to take into account the progress reached so far in reconciling the different positions of the EP and the Council. There have been divergence in positions, but I remain hopeful that the right flexibility will be expressed by all sides and that we can still reach a positive outcome in the short time that is left to us,” Ambassador Mavroyiannis stated. 

Deliberations on the new proposal of the annual budget will begin as from Monday, November 26, with discussions taking place at the European Parliament’s (EP) Budget Committee and at the Committee of Permanent Representatives (Coreper II), while formal trilogues will also be held. 

In reference to the EP’s stance of addressing the issue of the draft amending budget no 6 for 2012 first, before proceeding with the negotiations for the 2013 budget, Ambassador Mavroyiannis restated the Council position.

“The Council was and remains ready to discuss all elements of the budgetary package, but we continue to have the view that they cannot be dealt with, isolated from each other if we are to find a balanced outcome which will meet the concerns of all parties,” he reiterated.

The draft amending budget no 6 for 2012 calls for an additional 9 billion euros in additional payment appropriations for this year.

Presidency Spokesperson in Brussels
Nikos Christodoulides

Coreper II

Email: nchristodoulides@mfa.gov.cy
Telephone: +32 27395152
Mobile: +32 473400441
Communications Officer
Poly Papavassiliou

Office of the Deputy Minister for European Affairs

Email: ppapavassiliou@cy2012eu.gov.cy
Telephone: +357 22400144