EU Budget Head Calls for Higher Contributions, End to Rebates Ahead of Summit

The New York Times Finance 2 months ago

BRUSSELS — EU member states should contribute at least 1.114% of their gross domestic income to the bloc's budget and no country should get rebates on their contributions, the European Union's Budget Commissioner said on Tuesday.

"If the mother of all rebates disappears, then none of the other rebates should remain," Guenther Oettinger told a news conference before next week's summit of EU leaders in Brussels.

The European Union's next budget, for 2021-27, will be the first after Brexit, and covering the shortfall from Britain's disappearing contribution is the biggest issue facing the negotiations.

That shortfall totals 84 billion euros over the six-year-period. In the suggested budget, half of the shortfall would be covered by cuts and the rest via additional contributions from the remaining member states.

Several states have protested about the proposed rise to 1.114% of gross income. They include Germany, which is calling for a cap of 1%.

Oettinger said a decision needed to be made by the end of 2019 to be able to cover all EU projects from 2021. He added that the last EU budget - for 2014-2020 - was approved too late and several projects could not be funded until 2015.

(Reporting by Jonas Ekblom; editing by Marine Strauss and John Stonestreet)

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