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European Community Finances

Volume 404: debated on Friday 30 May 2003

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I have today laid before Parliament the Statement on the 2003 Community Budget, entitled "European Community Finances" (Cm 5800). This White Paper is the twenty-third in the series. As in the past, it covers annual budgetary matters and includes details of recent developments in European Community financial management and in countering fraud against the Community Budget. It also describes the Community Budget for 2003 as adopted by the European Parliament, and details the United Kingdom's gross and net contributions to the Community Budget for calendar years 1997 to 2003 and financial years 1997/98 to 2002/03.