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European Commission: Expenditure

House of Lords written question – answered on 8th June 2011.

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Photo of Lord Stoddart of Swindon Lord Stoddart of Swindon Independent Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the plans by the European Commission to spend £225 million in 2012 on communication; and whether the expenditure has been discussed and approved by the European Council.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

Funding levels for the EU to communicate its work publicly, as for all other EU activities, will be decided within the negotiations on the EU 2012 Budget.

Within these negotiations, the Government aim to achieve a 2012 EU budget far below what the Commission has proposed, including by cutting wasteful, low added-value EU expenditure and tackling chronic overbudgeting.

The European Council will come to a first reading position on the 2012 budget in July 2011.

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