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Press Releases

17.05.2006

Following successful negotiations Federal Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel, the President of the European Council, signed the EU budget framework for 2007-2013 in Strasbourg

Culmination today of a notable success of the Austrian Presidency

 

This new interinstitutional agreement will enter into force on 1 January 2007 and replace the current agreement dating from May 1999. In December 2005 the Heads of State and Government reached political agreement in Brussels on the financial framework for 2007-2013 after some two years of discussions and very difficult negotiations. The European Commission thereupon presented a proposal in January 2006 for the new interinstitutional agreement, which is largely based on what the Council agreed in December. Federal Minister Karl-Heinz Grasser conducted the negotiations for the Council. Parliament was represented by a four-man team led by the chair of the Budgets Committee, Janusz Lewandowski, while the Budget Commissioner Dalia Grybauskaite negotiated on behalf of the Commission.

With the support of his officials, Karl-Heinz Grasser has succeeded in fewer than four months, after only four trialogues and a number of technical meetings at civil servant level, in brokering an agreement welcomed by all sides, although the original positions of the Council and Parliament were very far apart. This represents a major success on the part of the Austrian Presidency. A speedy conclusion was important above all in order to enable the necessary legal bases for the implementation of multiannual programmes, for example in the area of the Structural Funds, to be adopted in good time this year so that payments can begin in 2007.

 

Date: 18.05.2006