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Draft EU Budget 2012

Justine Greening MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, appeared before the Economic and Financial Affairs and International Trade EU Sub-Committee on Tuesday 28 June and answered questions about the EU Budget proposed for next year.

The Committee explored how the Government intends to make sure that EU spending is constrained, given that it describes the 4.9% increase the EU wants in its budget as “completely unacceptable”.

Following the evidence session, the Committee wrote to the Minister setting out its views:

The Committee requested regular updates on negotiations on the Draft Budget as discussions move forward. The Minister's updates, along with the Committee's responses, are set out below:

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