Splits deepen over finalising new EU budget… “This is a step in the wrong direction.”

European Council President Charles Michel is currently set to face an uphill battle in the negotiation process. The Finnish negotiations last year also faced a challenge, but the European bloc appears to be increasingly frustrated in recent times. Mr Michel is looking to negotiate a deal on the Union budget for 2021 to 2027.

The leaders of the bloc are set to gather in Brussels on Thursday to thrash out the details of the budget, which has witnessed the member states at loggerheads.

Former Belgium PM Mr Michel has generated a 53 page document which seeks to outline a proposition of compromise.

However, this has seemingly been rejected by European diplomats, who are drawing hard lines in the sand.

The document, published on February 14, was described by one senior diplomat as a”Valentine’s Day without presents”.

Another diplomat said:”The new proposal will not make things any easier for the heads of state and government.

“It will be harder to reach an agreement now.”

The plan includes a series of gestures that seem to be aimed at Eastern European countries.

Many of these countries confront cuts and it appears Mr Michel wishes to appease them.

It’s hoped a number of his proposals are going to be able to reconcile those governments – something which has also been a negotiating process that was tough.

On the other hand, some from the west have snubbed the moves by Mr Michel.

A third diplomat added:”It’s bad news that Charles Michel has watered down the present proposal on the rule of law.

“This is a step in the wrong direction.”

The Finns proposed a funding of $1.087 trillion, whereas $1.095 trillion is currently being suggested.

But it seems is to come in the shape of Emmanuel Macron in Paris.

Mr Macron retains agricultural spending dear, and Mr Michel’s proposal appears to look to upset the status quo.

The present proposal would see 30 percent of the total – a substantial gain from the Commission’s original proposal.

Today his counterparts and mr Michel will now discuss the details of the agreement in a meeting.

It’s hoped the meeting will draw the matter to a close in a agreeable and neat method.

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