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EU: Budget Ecofin

Volume 703: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

My honourable friend the Economic Secretary to the Treasury (Kitty Ussher) has made the following Written Statement.

Budget Ecofin will be held on 17 July in Brussels and the UK Permanent Representative will attend and represent the UK. Discussion will be on the preliminary draft budget for the European Communities for 2009 and the meeting will include conciliation with the European Parliament, during which Council and the European Parliament will discuss expenditure levels. Items on the agenda are as follows:

Preparation for the conciliation meeting with the European Parliament;

Conciliation with the European Parliament;

Establishment by the Council of the draft EC Budget for 2009.