EU budget cuts expected to hit foreign aid hardest

From Aid | The Guardian Wed Feb 6 2013, 02:00:15

As European Union budget talks begin, its foreign aid funding is facing a bigger cut than any other line of spending

Foreign aid is expected to take the biggest hit in the EU budget, NGOs have warned, ahead of what promises to be another difficult summit.

Talks on the 2014-20 EU budget broke down in November, with David Cameron, calling on the EU to start living "in the real world" by recognising the need for financial belt-tightening in line with national austerity measures.

Just before a second attempt to break the deadlock begins in Brussels on Thursday, the prime minister's spokesman made clear that Britain is still holding out for further reductions in the €756bn ($1bn) budget proposal from the European commission.

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