European Union

Members of the European Parliament Reject Budget

Tough negotiations with ministers expected

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The European Parliament has rejected the 27 EU governments' position on next year's EU budget, triggering hard bargaining to reach a deal.

In a vote in Strasbourg the MEPs backed the European Commission's call for a 6.8% budget rise for 2013.

An MEPs' report deplored a decision by the Council—the 27 governments—to cut that figure to 2.79%.

The long-term budget for 2014-2020 is also being debated, ahead of a key leaders' summit next month.