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                                    2521st Council meeting

                   - ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS -

                                           (BUDGET)

                                     Brussels, 16 July 2003




                                 President :         Mr Gianluigi MAGRI
                                                     State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Finance
                                                     of the Italian Republic




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                                                                    CONTENTS 1



PARTICIPANTS ................................................................................................................................ 3


ITEMS DEBATED

OUTCOME OF THE CONCILIATION MEETING WITH THE EUROPEAN
PARLIAMENT .................................................................................................................................... 5
ESTABLISHMENT OF THE DRAFT BUDGET OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES
FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2004 ................................................................................................ 10
ANNEX .............................................................................................................................................. 17


ITEMS APPROVED WITHOUT DEBATE

ECOFIN
–       Aid for Italian milk producers * ............................................................................................................................... I

–       Belgian arrangements for coordination centres * ..................................................................................................... I




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PARTICIPANTS
The Governments of the Member States and the European Commission were represented as
follows:

Belgium :
Mr Jan DE BOCK                                Ambassador, Permanent Representative

Denmark :
Mr Claus GRUBE                                Ambassador, Permanent Representative

Germany :
Mr Caio Kai KOCH-WESER                        State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance

Greece :
Mr John KOUSOULAKOS                           Secretary General, Ministry for Economic Affairs and Finance

Spain :
Mr Ricardo MARTINEZ RICO                      State Secretary, Ministry of Budget and Expenditure

France :
Mr Pierre SELLAL                              Ambassador, Permanent Representative

Ireland :
Mr Tom PARLON                                 Minister of State at the Department of Finance, with special
                                              responsibility for the Office of Public Works

Italy :
Mr Gianluigi MAGRI                            State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Finance

Luxembourg :
Mr Nicolas SCHMIT                             Ambassador, Permanent Representative

Netherlands :
Mr Atzo NICOLAÏ                               State Secretary for European Affairs

Austria :
Mr Gregor WOSCHNAGG                           Ambasssador, Permanent Representative

Portugal :
Mr Norberto ROSA                              State Secretary for the Budget

Finland :
Ms Ulla-Maj WIDEROOS                          Minister for Finance

Sweden :
Mr Curt MALMBORG                              State Secretary to the Minister for Finance

United Kingdom :
Mr Nigel SHEINWALD                            Ambassador, Permanent Representative

                                         *   *     *
Commission :
Ms Michaele SCHREYER                          Member




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The Governments of the Acceding States were represented as follows:


Czech Republic :
Mr Bohuslav SOBOTKA                           Minister for Finance

Estonia :
Mr Tõnis PALTS                                Minister for Finance

Cyprus :
Mr Markos KYPRIANOU                           Minister for Finance

Latvia :
Mr Andris PIEBALGS                            Ambassador to the EU

Lithuania :
Ms Lina ADAKAUSKIENE                          Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Finance

Hungary :
Mr Péter BALAZS                               Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Finance

Malta:
Mr Paul ZAHRA                                 Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs

Poland :
Mr Andrzej RACZKO                             Minister for Finance

Slovakia :
Mr Vladimir TVAROSKA                          State Secretary, Ministry of Finance

Slovenia :
Mr Ciril ŠTOKELJ                              Ambassador to the EU




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ITEMS DEBATED


OUTCOME OF THE CONCILIATION MEETING WITH THE EUROPEAN
PARLIAMENT


Before studying and establishing the draft budget for the financial year 2004, the Council held its
customary meeting with a delegation from the European Parliament, in the framework of the 1999
Interinstitutional Agreement on budgetary discipline. The delegation was led by
Mr Terence WYNN, Chairman of the Committee on Budgets, and comprised:


–     Mr Reimer BÖGE (Vice-Chairman), Mr Joan COLOM i NAVAL (Vice Chairman),
      Mr Jan MULDER (Rapporteur for Section III (Commission) of the budget for 2004),
      Ms Neena GILL (Rapporteur for the other Sections of the budget for 2004),
      Mr Göran FÄRM, Ms Kathalijne BUITENWEG, Mr Rijk van DAM,
      Mr Gianfranco DELL'ALBA, Mr Den DOVER, Ms Barbara DÜHRKOP DÜHRKOP,
      Mr Gerardo GALEOTE QUECEDO, Mr Salvador GARRIGA POLLEDO,
      Ms Catherine GUY-QUINT, Ms Anne JENSEN, Mr Armin LASCHET,
      Mr Juan NARANJO ESCOBAR, Mr Esko Olavi SEPPÄNEN, Mr Struan STEVENSON,
      Mr Kyösti VIRRANKOSKI, Mr Ralf WALTER, Ms Brigitte WENZEL-PERILLO, Members
      of the Committee on Budgets, and Mr Szabolcs FAZAKAS and Mr Laszlo SURJÁN,
      observers.


The conciliation meeting, which had been prepared by a trialogue on 2 July 2003, covered
seven topics relating to the budgetary procedure for 2004, namely:


–     Agriculture:


      After an exchange of views the Council and the European Parliament agreed to ask the
      Commission to submit in the autumn an updated assessment of the requirements for
      appropriations incorporating the results of the revision of the common agricultural policy and
      to take account of those requirements in its letter of amendment.




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     The Council asked the Commission to submit an amending budget if the appropriations
     entered in the 2004 budget proved insufficient to cover common agricultural policy
     expenditure falling under heading 1a of the financial perspective.


     The European Parliament and the Council noted that the Commission intends to work closely
     with the European Parliament Rapporteur for the 2004 budget with a view to identifying
     specific measures that could be considered in order to implement the Parliament's
     agriculture-related priorities for the 2004 budget. The Commission will in any case report in
     its autumn letter of amendment on how those priorities have been taken into account.


–    International fisheries agreements:


     The Council and the European Parliament agreed to resume discussion of this question in
     November on the basis of the letter of amendment that the Commission would be submitting
     in October.


–    Common foreign and security policy (CFSP)


     The European Parliament and the Council agreed to continue their discussion of the questions
     relating to the CFSP in November.


–    Administrative expenditure (Heading 5)


     The Council agreed on a rigorous approach for heading 5 and confirmed that the necessary
     appropriations and posts for making enlargement a success should be provided in
     the 2004 budget. The final result must be a margin very close to the one resulting from the
     Council's first reading. The Council considered, nevertheless, that the accession of ten new
     Member States should be used as an opportunity to make supplementary efforts in the
     organisational structures and management of the institutions with a view to increasing
     efficiency. It also considered that the third report of the Secretaries-General on the evolution
     of heading 5 should be examined by both arms of the budgetary authority at the November
     trialogue with a view to promoting this process.




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–    Adaptation, following enlargement of reference amounts in basic acts decided under the
     co-decision procedure


     The European Parliament and the Council agreed on the following procedure to adapt the
     reference amounts included in the basic acts of Community programmes decided under the
     co-decision procedure within the limits of the ceiling resulting from adjustment and revision
     of the financial perspective:


          Parliament and Council will endeavour to reach a political agreement on the
           amounts which should be added, following enlargement, to the reference amounts,
           by 24 November at the latest;


          they will then invite the Commission to present the appropriate legislative proposal(s);


          the European Parliament and the Council will endeavour to adopt the legislative act(s),
           under the codecision procedure, in time to enable the adapted amount to be applied as
           from the date of entry into force of the Accession Treaty.


–    Legal bases for subsidies previously under Chapter A-30


     The European Parliament and the Council agreed to attempt to finalise their respective
     positions in the relevant legislative procedures before the end of November 2003, and to keep
     each other and the Commission informed of the progress of these discussions.


     The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission agreed to convene a trialogue
     before the Council's second reading of the budget, with the aim of reaching a common
     approach and, if possible, finally adopting the legal bases before the end of 2003.




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–    Budget procedure 2004


     The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission:


           committed to taking all necessary steps to make enlargement a success, in particular to
           ensuring that the budgetary appropriations necessary for the enlarged Union are
           available as from 1 May 2004 without discrimination between Member States;


           acknowledging that the financial perspective as adopted following enlargement and
           revised on 19 May 2003 is the financial framework legally in force,


     agreed that the amounts entered in budget documents for the current 15 Member States
     (EU-15) and those for the enlarged Union (EU-25) are both part of the budgetary procedure:


          the amounts for EU-15 will be entered in the 2004 budget as published in January 2004;


          the amounts for EU-25 will be part of the political agreement to be reached in
           December 2003, and will be entered in the 2004 budget after adoption of the amending
           budget provided for in Article 28 of the Treaty of Accession.


     The Commission proposed EU-25 amounts in the 2004 PDB, including for each budget
     heading the proposed amount for EU-15.


     The Council will formally enter in the 2004 DB amounts for EU-15, while agreeing politically
     on its first reading position on figures for EU-25.


     The Parliament, at its first reading, will amend the 2004 DB, resulting in exact figures for
     both EU-25 and EU-15.




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     In the conciliation procedure between the Parliament's first reading and the Council's second
     reading, as provided for in the Interinstitutional Agreement of 6 May 1999, both arms of the
     budgetary authority should reach an agreement on amounts for EU-15 and for EU-25,
     enabling the European Parliament to adopt on that basis the 2004 budget with figures for
     EU-15, and so enable the Commission to prepare a preliminary draft amending budget in the
     first quarter of 2004 for the budgeting of the amounts for EU-25, to be adopted by the
     budgetary authority in time to enter into force on 1 May 2004.


     Therefore, both institutions are committed to publishing, in the framework of each of their
     readings, a table showing the amounts for EU-15 and for EU-25 for each budget heading,
     on the model of Annex I to Volume 4, Book 2 of the 2004 PDB. In addition, they will ensure
     technical cooperation between their services so as to facilitate the work of each institution.


With regard to the 2003 budget, the European Parliament and the Council agreed to draw
EUR 40 million from the emergency aid reserve for Southern Africa and Ethiopia, to be allocated
as follows:


–    Southern Africa: EUR 25 million
–    Ethiopia: EUR 15 million.




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ESTABLISHMENT OF THE DRAFT BUDGET OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES
FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2004


After the meeting with the European Parliament, and on the basis of the preparatory work done by
the Permanent Representatives Committee and during the conciliation meeting with the European
Parliament, the Council reached agreement on the draft general budget for 2004.


The draft budget has been drawn up by the Council for EU-15. However, expenditure was
examined on the basis of the Commission's preliminary draft drawn up for EU-25 with a view to
arriving at a political agreement by the end of the budget procedure.

The Council carried out its examination on the basis of the following principles:


–     leave adequate margins below the ceilings for the headings of the financial perspective,
      except for heading 2, in order to cope with unforeseen situations;


–     limited and controlled growth of payment appropriations by 2,7% in comparison with 2003
      for EU-25 1.


On the basis of the above approach, the following was agreed:


(a)   in the case of agricultural expenditure (heading 1 of the financial perspective):


      –    an across-the-board reduction in the appropriations requested in the PDB by an amount
           of EUR 160 million under budget headings of subheading 1a (market expenditure)
           where the sum of appropriations is greater than EUR 1 thousand million; this reduction
           is in line with the overall approach of controlled growth of appropriations for payments,
           in which it is proposed to include compulsory expenditure (subheading 1a) and
           non-compulsory expenditure (other headings);




1
      -2,5% for EU 15.

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      –    acceptance of the Commission's PDB as regards appropriations for rural development
           (subheading 1b).


(b)   for structural operations expenditure (heading 2 of the financial perspective):


      –    acceptance of the PDB as regards appropriations for commitments;


      –    an across-the-board reduction of EUR 138 million in the appropriations for payments
           requested in the PDB under the budget headings concerning Community initiatives.
           Moreover, EUR 22 million in payment appropriations for the scrapping of vessels has
           not been accepted in view of the rejection of the corresponding commitment
           appropriations in amending budget No 1/2003;


(c)   regarding expenditure on internal policies (heading 3 of the financial perspective):


      –    acceptance of the amounts proposed for multiannual programmes under the codecision
           procedure for EU-15; with regard to the appropriations included in the PDB for
           co-decided programmes for EU-25, the amounts included in the annexed document
           are provisional, pending agreement on the new reference amounts following adaptation
           and revision of the financial perspective;


      –    limitation of the appropriations for some budget headings not based on multiannual
           programmes; appropriations have also been reduced for subsidies for certain agencies,
           while taking account of the special situation of agencies that are new or starting up;




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      –    not to approve for 2004 two new preparatory actions relating to chemicals and security
           of supply of conventional energies, and partial acceptance of the new preparatory action
           for European security research;


      –    an increase in appropriations for the ARGO programme to take account of the European
           Council conclusions of 19 and 20 June 2003 and for the Prince (the European Union's
           role in the world) and forest protection programmes;


(d)   regarding external action (heading 4 of the financial perspective):


      –    a reduction in appropriations achieved by small decreases over a limited number of
           non-geographical budget headings ;


      –    a slight reduction in the appropriations for geographical headings other than those
           relating to the Balkans for which the amount entered in the preliminary draft budget has
           been accepted;


      –    acceptance of the amount in the preliminary draft budget for the CFSP budget
           accompanied by two transfers of appropriations, one from the CFSP budget to the
           transitional civil administrations for the stability pact and the other from the Council
           budget to the CFSP budget for the special representatives, the final amount proposed for
           the CFSP budget therefore being EUR 52,6 million;




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(e)   regarding the administrative expenditure of the institutions (heading 5 of the financial
      perspective):


      –    to take into account the impact of the reform of the Staff Regulations resulting from the
           political agreement reached on 19 May 2003;


      –    to accept exceptional expenditure presented by the institutions such as the move to the
           Berlaymont or the replacement of members of the Commission and members of the
           Court of Justice;


      –    not to accept the creation of new posts and upgradings under current operations, other
           than in exceptional cases;


      –    to accept most of the new posts requested for enlargement, including all the posts under
           language needs;


(f)   regarding expenditure on pre-accession instruments (heading 7 of the financial perspective):


      –    acceptance of the PDB for appropriations for commitments;


      –    a decrease of EUR 100 million in the appropriations for payments requested in the PDB;


(g)   regarding revenue:


      –    acceptance of the PDB, subject to the technical adjustments arising from the changes
           made to expenditure and the staff complement in the draft budget.




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The preparatory actions and pilot projects proposed by the Commission were accepted, with
two exceptions. Special care was taken to comply with the provisions of the Interinstitutional
Agreement as regards legal bases.


Concerning the nomenclature proposed in the PDB, as in the past, the European Development
Fund (EDF) was not included 1.


With regard to classification, the Committee followed the classification proposed by the
Commission in its PDB, but emphasised that all expenditure on pensions, the common agricultural
policy, veterinary and plant health and international fisheries agreements constituted compulsory
expenditure according to the Interinstitutional Agreement.


A summary of the outcome of proceedings is given in the tables below for EU-15 and EU-25:




1
     As regards the EDF, the following declaration adopted by the Conference of Representatives
     of the Member States and annexed to the Final Act of the Treaty on European Union should
     be noted: "The Conference agrees that the European Development Fund will continue to be
     financed by national contributions in accordance with the current provisions."

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                                                      Summary of figures for EU-15
                                                                                                                                                (in EUR)
                 Heading                         1st reading                     Difference from PDB 2004         % difference from 2003 budget       Margin below
                                                                                                                                                       existing FP
                                        Commitments            Payments        Commitments       Payments         Commitments        Payments
1. Agriculture


1a. Market expenditure                    40.822.910.000   40.822.910.000        - 160.000.000    - 160.000.000               1,8               1,8     1.585.090.000


1b. Rural development                      4.803.000.000       4.803.000.000                 0               0                2,2               2,2                  0


                            Total         45.625.910.000   45.625.910.000        - 160.000.000    - 160.000.000               1,9               1,9     1.585.090.000
2. Structural operations                  34.326.000.000   28.762.402.882                    0    - 160.000.000               1,0          - 13,3                    0
3. Internal policies                       6.975.216.219       6.555.002.384      - 30.823.000     - 21.357.000               2,6               5,7        77.783.781
4. External action                         4.936.051.000       4.763.882.978      - 59.900.000     - 27.900.000              - 0,3          - 1,6         145.949.000
5. Administration                          6.028.544.569       6.028.544.569      - 57.777.425     - 57.777.425              12,5            12,5         128.455.431
6. Reserves                                 442.000.000          442.000.000                 0               0                1,8               1,8                  0
7. Pre-accession aid                       1.732.300.000       2.856.200.000                 0    - 100.000.000             - 48,8              5,5     1.722.700.000
Grand total                              100.066.021.788   95.033.942.813        - 308.500.424    - 527.034.424               0,4           - 2,5
Payment appropriations, as a % of GNI                                                                                                        0.98




 A more detailed presentation is attached.




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                                                  Summary of figures for EU-25

                                                                                                                                        (in EUR)
           Heading                         1st reading                       Difference from PDB             % difference from 2003     Margin below
                                                                                     2004                            budget              existing FP
                                Commitments              Payments        Commitments        Payments       Commitments      Payments
1. Agriculture

1a. Market expenditure           41.177.785.000      41.177.785.000       - 160.000.000    - 160.000.000             2,7         2,7     1.591.215.000

1b. Rural development             6.536.000.000          5.448.000.000               0                 0            39,1        16,0                0

                        Total    47.713.785.000      46.625.785.000       - 160.000.000    - 160.000.000             6,6          4,1    1.591.215.000
2. Structural operations         41.035.000.000      30.522.302.882                   0    - 160.000.000            20,8        - 8,0                0
3. Internal policies              8.608.642.979          7.474.600.641     - 30.823.000     - 21.357.000            26,7        20,5      113.357.021
4. External action                4.936.051.000          4.763.882.978     - 59.900.000     - 27.900.000            - 0,3       - 1,6     145.949.000
5. Administration                 6.028.544.569          6.028.544.569     - 57.777.425     - 57.777.425            12,5        12,5      128.455.431
6. Reserves                        442.000.000            442.000.000                                                1,8         1,8                0
7. Pre-accession aid              1.732.300.000          2.856.200.000                     - 100.000.000           - 48,8        5,5     1.722.700.000
8.Compensation                    1.409.545.056          1.409.545.056                                                                        454.944
Grand total                     111.905.868.604     100.122.861.126       - 308.500.424    - 527.034.424            12,3         2,7
Payment appropriations, as a                                                                                                    0,99
% of GNI




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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ANNEX
       BREAKDOWN BY HEADING FOR "TOTAL EXPENDITURE" IN THE FINANCIAL PERSPECTIVE – EU 15
                              Heading                                        Budget 2003                         PDB 2004                            DB 2004                        DB-PDB                    % DB-2003
(11)    Agricultural expenditure (excluding rural development)            40 082 450 000   40 082 450 000   40 982 910 000   40 982 910 000   40 822 910 000   40 822 910 000   -160 000 000   -160 000 000       1.8           1.8

(12)    Rural development and accompanying measures                        4 698 000 000    4 698 000 000    4 803 000 000    4 803 000 000    4 803 000 000    4 803 000 000             0              0        2.2           2.2

Total Common Agricultural Policy                                          44 780 450 000   44 780 450 000   45 785 910 000   45 785 910 000   45 625 910 000   45 625 910 000   -160 000 000   -160 000 000       1.9           1.9

                                                                    CE    40 082 450 000   40 082 450 000   40 982 910 000   40 982 910 000   40 822 910 000   40 822 910 000   -160 000 000   -160 000 000       1.8           1.8

                                                                  NCE      4 698 000 000    4 698 000 000    4 803 000 000    4 803 000 000    4 803 000 000    4 803 000 000             0              0        2.2           2.2

                                                                 Margin                                      1 425 090 000                     1 585 090 000

(21)    Objective 1                                                       21 577 061 305   19 366 559 000   21 952 101 719   18 130 045 675   21 952 101 719   18 130 045 675             0              0        1.7          -6.4

(22)    Objective 2                                                        3 651 793 231    4 405 549 000    3 573 793 131    3 061 205 158    3 573 793 131    3 061 205 158             0              0       -2.1         -30.5

(23)    Objective 3                                                        3 718 927 200    3 695 788 000    3 793 306 700    3 134 840 808    3 793 306 700    3 134 840 808             0              0        2.0         -15.2

(24)    Other structural measures (outside Objective 1)                     171 900 000      506 109 000      174 900 000      360 387 987      174 900 000      360 387 987              0              0        1.7         -28.8

(25)    Community initiatives                                              1 866 017 000    2 280 103 000    1 940 198 650    1 347 137 777    1 940 198 650    1 209 137 777             0    -138 000 000        4           -47

(26)    Innovative measures and technical assistance                        143 301 264      179 989 000      106 699 800      155 685 477      106 699 800      155 685 477              0              0      -25.5         -13.5

(28)    Other specific structural measures                                   12 008 240       89 000 000                0       91 000 000                0       69 000 000              0     -22 000 000     -100          -22.5

(29)     Cohesion Fund                                                     2 839 000 000    2 650 000 000    2 785 000 000    2 642 100 000    2 785 000 000    2 642 100 000             0              0       -1.9          -0.3

Total structural operations                                               33 980 008 240   33 173 097 000   34 326 000 000   28 922 402 882   34 326 000 000   28 762 402 882             0    -160 000 000       1.0         -13.3

                                                                    CE                 0                0                0                0                0                0              0             0      N/A           N/A

                                                                  NCE     33 980 008 240   33 173 097 000   34 326 000 000   28 922 402 882   34 326 000 000   28 762 402 882             0    -160 000 000       1.0         -13.3

                                                                 Margin                                                 0                                 0




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                              Heading                       Budget 2003                       PDB 2004                         DB 2004                       DB-PDB                    % DB-2003
(301)   Research and technological development            4 055 000 000   3 650 000 000   4 310 000 000   3 774 474 000   4 310 000 000   3 774 474 000            0             0          6.3          3.4

(302)   Other agricultural operations                       44 597 000      65 397 000      43 010 000      56 031 268      43 010 000      56 031 268             0             0         -3.6        -14.3

(303)   Other regional operations                           15 000 000      15 000 000      15 000 000      15 000 000      15 000 000      15 000 000             0             0           0            0

(304)   Transport                                           54 000 000      36 925 000      77 240 000      66 395 992      55 310 000      55 046 992    -21 930 000   -11 349 000         2.4        49.1

(305)   Other measures concerning fisheries and the sea     70 420 000      64 420 000      74 321 219      81 288 259      74 321 219      81 288 259             0             0          5.5        26.2

(306)   Education, vocational training and youth           562 682 000     516 182 000     564 550 000     548 620 000     564 550 000     548 620 000             0             0          0.3          6.3

(307)   Culture and audiovisual media                      117 500 000     102 900 000     117 600 000     102 640 000     117 600 000     102 640 000             0             0          0.1         -0.3

(308)   Information and communication                      110 347 000     102 421 000      89 800 000      98 423 279      82 800 000      94 923 279     -7 000 000    -3 500 000        -25          -7.3

(309)   Social dimension and employment                    180 775 000     161 672 000     187 090 000     199 953 833     186 895 000     199 751 833      -195 000      -202 000          3.4        23.6

(310)   Contribution to European political parties           7 000 000       7 000 000               0               0               0               0             0             0        -100         -100

(312)   Energy                                              48 000 000      41 400 000      51 000 000      40 084 000      49 000 000      39 584 000     -2 000 000     -500 000          2.1         -4.4

(313)   Euratom nuclear safeguards                          18 800 000      18 700 000      19 300 000      19 182 000      19 300 000      19 182 000             0             0          2.7          2.6

(314)   Environment                                        237 300 000     207 232 000     238 997 000     226 793 000     238 397 000     225 693 000      -600 000     -1 100 000         0.5          8.9

(315)   Consumer policy and consumer health protection      22 572 500      19 922 500      18 000 000      21 089 170      18 000 000      21 089 170             0             0        -20.3          5.9

(316)   Aid for reconstruction                                 611 000         611 000         340 000         340 000         340 000         340 000             0             0        -44.4        -44.4

(317)   Internal market                                    200 256 500     176 589 000     185 164 000     206 505 000     171 754 000     196 887 000    -13 410 000    -9 618 000       -14.2        11.5

(318)   Industry                                                     0               0               0               0               0               0             0             0        N/A          N/A

(319)   Labour market and technological innovation         122 500 000     147 925 000      96 200 000     120 664 737      96 200 000     120 664 737             0             0        -21.5        -18.4

(320)   Statistical information                             35 400 000      31 600 000      36 843 000      36 961 000      36 843 000      36 961 000             0             0          4.1          17




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                                  Heading                                         Budget 2003                       PDB 2004                         DB 2004                       DB-PDB                    % DB-2003
(321)    Trans-European networks                                                 725 057 000     673 297 000     716 400 000     774 503 000     716 400 000     774 503 000             0             0         -1.2        15.0

(322)    Area of freedom, security and justice                                   153 635 600     152 203 500     155 084 000     178 360 846     169 396 000     183 272 846    14 312 000     4 912 000        10.3         20.4

(323)    Measures to combat fraud                                                  7 200 000       6 500 000      10 100 000       9 050 000      10 100 000       9 050 000             0             0        40.3         39.2

(324)    Nuclear safety                                                                    0               0               0               0               0               0             0             0        N/A          N/A

(325)    Institution – building                                                            0               0               0               0               0               0             0             0        N/A          N/A

(326)    Schengen                                                                          0               0               0               0               0               0             0             0        N/A          N/A

(327)    Solidarity Fund                                                                   0               0               0               0               0               0             0             0        N/A          N/A

(330)    Reserve for administrative expenditure                                      647 400         509 000               0               0               0               0             0             0        -100         -100

Total internal policies                                                         6 789 301 000   6 198 406 000   7 006 039 219   6 576 359 384   6 975 216 219   6 555 002 384   -30 823 000   -21 357 000        2.7           5.8

                                                                           CE              0               0               0               0               0               0             0             0       0 N/A         N/A

                                                                        NCE     6 789 301 000   6 198 406 000   7 006 039 219   6 576 359 384   6 975 216 219   6 555 002 384   -30 823 000   -21 357 000        2.7           5.8

                                                                      Margin                                      46 960 781                      77 783 781

(401)     European Development Fund                                                        0               0               0               0               0               0             0             0        N/A          N/A

(402)    Food and support operations                                             425 637 000     446 850 000     427 000 000     401 602 340     419 000 000     399 602 340     -8 000 000    -2 000 000        -1.6        -10.6

(403)    Humanitarian aid                                                        441 690 000     441 690 000     490 000 000     493 000 000     490 000 000     493 000 000             0             0        10.9         11.6

(404)    Cooperation with Asian developing countries                             562 500 000     482 753 000     610 000 000     533 000 000     598 000 000     525 000 000    -12 000 000    -8 000 000        6.3           8.8

(405)    Cooperation with Latin American developing countries                    337 000 000     304 270 000     310 000 000     288 265 000     307 000 000     286 265 000     -3 000 000    -2 000 000        -8.9         -5.9

(406)    Cooperation with Southern African countries and South Africa            127 000 000     152 700 000     134 000 000     153 100 000     134 000 000     153 100 000             0             0         5.5           0.3

(407)    Cooperation with Mediterranean, Near and Middle East third              753 870 000     599 497 314     859 000 000     674 050 000     839 000 000     662 050 000    -20 000 000   -12 000 000       11.3         10.4
         countries
(409)    European Bank for Reconstruction and Development – Community                      0       8 438 000               0       8 438 000               0       8 438 000             0             0        N/A             0
         subscription to capital
(410)    Assistance to Eastern European and Central Asian partner States         507 370 000     515 100 000     538 270 000     555 670 000     530 270 000     551 670 000     -8 000 000    -4 000 000        4.5           7.1

(411)    Other Community measures in favour of Eastern European and                        0               0               0               0               0               0             0             0        N/A          N/A
         Central Asian partner States and Balkan countries




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                               Heading                                      Budget 2003                       PDB 2004                         DB 2004                       DB-PDB                    % DB-2003
(412)   Cooperation with Western Balkans                                   684 560 000     775 000 000     674 961 000     728 210 000     676 961 000     730 210 000     2 000 000     2 000 000         -1.1        -5.8

(413)    Other cooperation measures                                        505 470 000     485 827 000     507 900 000     492 140 000     498 900 000     489 140 000     -9 000 000    -3 000 000        -1.3         0.7

(414)    European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights                106 000 000     107 500 000     106 000 000     102 000 000     106 000 000     102 000 000             0             0           0         -5.1

(415)   International fisheries agreements                                 192 500 000     197 606 000     194 000 000     200 276 638     194 000 000     200 276 638             0             0         0.8          1.4

(416)   External aspects of certain Community policies                      86 362 000      96 302 000      93 320 000      91 081 000      90 320 000      91 081 000     -3 000 000            0         4.6         -5.4

(417)    Common Foreign and Security Policy                                 47 500 000      50 000 000      51 500 000      51 500 000      52 600 000      52 600 000     1 100 000     1 100 000        10.7          5.2

(418)   Pre-accession strategy for the Mediterranean countries              25 000 000      25 249 000               0      19 450 000               0      19 450 000             0             0        -100          -23

(419)   Reserve for administrative expenditure                               4 403 000       5 228 000               0               0               0               0             0             0        -100         -100

Total external action                                                     4 806 862 000   4 694 010 314   4 995 951 000   4 791 782 978   4 936 051 000   4 763 882 978   -59 900 000   -27 900 000        2.7          1.5

                                                                    CE     424 558 000     502 207 000     428 602 000     476 390 000     420 602 000     474 936 638     -8 000 000    -2 000 000        -0.9        -5.5

                                                                  NCE     4 382 304 000   4 191 803 314   4 567 349 000   4 315 392 978   4 515 449 000   4 288 946 340   -51 900 000   -25 900 000        3.0          2.3

                                                                 Margin                                     86 049 000                     145 949 000

(51)    Part A (excluding pensions)                                       2 758 100 371   2 758 100 371   3 029 128 106   3 029 128 106   2 990 457 881   2 990 457 881   -38 670 225   -38 670 225        8.4          8.4

(53)    Pensions (all institutions)                                        731 372 000     731 372 000     792 039 000     792 039 000     796 539 000     796 539 000     4 500 000     4 500 000         8.9          8.9

(S1)    Parliament                                                        1 086 644 375   1 086 644 375   1 231 000 000   1 231 000 000   1 231 000 000   1 231 000 000            0             0        13.3         13.3

(S2)    Council                                                            431 673 000     431 673 000     522 598 000     522 598 000     524 806 200     524 806 200     2 208 200     2 208 200        21.6         21.6

(S4)    Court of Justice                                                   150 599 614     150 599 614     236 424 500     236 424 500     220 261 407     220 261 407    -16 163 093   -16 163 093       46.3         46.3

(S5)    Court of Auditors                                                   77 076 689      77 076 689      97 958 000      97 958 000      96 248 292      96 248 292     -1 709 708    -1 709 708       24.9         24.9

(S6)    Economic and Social Committee                                       81 166 960      81 166 960     107 942 849     107 942 849     103 783 689     103 783 689     -4 159 160    -4 159 160       27.9         27.9

(S7)    Committee of the Regions                                            38 999 436      38 999 436      63 546 725      63 546 725      60 009 972      60 009 972     -3 536 753    -3 536 753       53.9         53.9

(S8)    European Ombudsman                                                   4 438 653       4 438 653       5 684 814       5 684 814       5 438 128       5 438 128      -246 686      -246 686        22.5         22.5

(S9)    European Data Protection Supervisor                                          0               0               0               0               0               0             0             0        N/A          N/A

Total Administration                                                      5 360 071 098   5 360 071 098   6 086 321 994   6 086 321 994   6 028 544 569   6 028 544 569   -57 777 425   -57 777 425       12.5         12.5

                                                                    CE     771 762 321     771 762 321     859 900 355     859 900 355     864 400 355     864 400 355     4 500 000     4 500 000        12.0         12.0

                                                                  NCE     4 588 308 777   4 588 308 777   5 226 421 639   5 226 421 639   5 164 144 214   5 164 144 214   -62 277 425   -62 277 425       12.6         12.6

                                                                 Margin                                     70 678 007                     128 455 431




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                               Heading                                          Budget 2003                         PDB 2004                            DB 2004                         DB-PDB                     % DB-2003
(61)    Monetary reserve                                                                0                0                 0                0                 0                0              0              0        N/A          N/A

(62)    Guarantee reserve                                                     217 000 000      217 000 000       221 000 000      221 000 000       221 000 000      221 000 000              0              0          1.8         1.8

(63)    Emergency aid reserve                                                 217 000 000      217 000 000       221 000 000      221 000 000       221 000 000      221 000 000              0              0          1.8         1.8

Total reserves                                                                434 000 000      434 000 000       442 000 000      442 000 000       442 000 000      442 000 000              0              0          1.8         1.8

                                                                     CE       217 000 000      217 000 000       221 000 000      221 000 000       221 000 000      221 000 000              0              0          1.8         1.8

                                                                    NCE       217 000 000      217 000 000       221 000 000      221 000 000       221 000 000      221 000 000              0              0          1.8         1.8

                                                                  Margin                                                   0                                  0

(71)    Sapard instrument – Pre-accession                                     564 000 000      442 900 000       226 700 000      441 800 000       226 700 000      401 800 000              0     -40 000 000       -59.8        -9.3

(72)    Pre-accession structural instrument (ISPA)                           1 129 000 000     717 500 000       453 300 000      718 000 000       453 300 000      658 000 000              0     -60 000 000       -59.8        -8.3

(73)    PHARE instrument – Pre-accession                                     1 693 000 000    1 547 000 000      809 700 000     1 604 100 000      809 700 000     1 604 100 000             0              0        -52.2         3.7

(74)    Turkey                                                                149 000 000      155 502 686       242 600 000      192 300 000       242 600 000      192 300 000              0              0        62.8         23.7

(75)    Solidarity Fund                                                                 0                0                 0                0                 0                0              0              0        N/A          N/A

Total pre-accession strategy                                                 3 535 000 000    2 862 902 686     1 732 300 000    2 956 200 000     1 732 300 000    2 856 200 000             0    -100 000 000        -51         -0.2

                                                                     CE                 0                0                 0                0                 0                0              0              0        N/A          N/A

                                                                    NCE      3 535 000 000    2 862 902 686     1 732 300 000    2 956 200 000     1 732 300 000    2 856 200 000             0    -100 000 000        -51         -0.2

                                                                  Margin                                        1 722 700 000                      1 722 700 000




Grand Total                                                                 99 685 692 338   97 502 937 098   100 374 522 213   95 560 977 238   100 066 021 788   95 033 942 813   -308 500 425   -527 034 425         0.4        -2.5

                                                                     DO     41 495 770 321   41 573 419 321    42 492 412 355   42 540 200 355    42 328 912 355   42 468.246.993   -163 500 000   -157 500 000         2.0         1.9

                                                                   DNO      58 189 922 017   55 929 517 777    57 882 109 858   53 020 776 883    57 737 109 433   52 565.695.820   -145 000 425   -369 534 425        -0.8        -5.9

                                                                  Margin                                        3 351 477 788    6 713 022 763     3 659 978 212    7 240 057 187

                                 Appropriations for payment as a % of GNI                                                                 0,99                               0,98




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ITEMS APPROVED WITHOUT DEBATE

ECOFIN

Aid for Italian milk producers *
(10152/03 + 10186/03 ADD 1)

Following the agreement reached by the Economic and Financial Affairs Council on 3 June 2003
the Council adopted a Decision on the compatibility with the common market of an aid that the
Italian Republic intends to grant to its milk producers.

The Italian Republic will thus take the place of its producers and pay the Community the sum of
EUR 1 386 475 250) owed by them following the production of milk in excess of their reference
quantities during the period from 1995/1996 to 2001/2002. These producers will be able to repay
their debt by way of deferred payment over a number of years without interest. The repayment
period will not exceed 14 years, starting on 1 January 2004.

The Council and the Commission confirmed that this Decision was justified by an exceptional
situation. The purpose of the Decision is to settle once and for all problems encountered in the
past with the application of the additional levy in Italy; it cannot therefore be invoked in the future
as a precedent for any other problems which may arise when applying this levy in Italy or in other
Member States.

Belgian arrangements for coordination centres *
(10363/03+10382/03 ADD 1)

The Council adopted a Decision on the granting of aid by the Belgian Government to certain
coordination centres established in Belgium responsible for the financial and administrative
coordination of multinational groups.

The aid which Belgium plans to grant in the period up to 31 December 2005 to undertakings
authorised as at 31 December 2000 to act as coordination centres under Royal Decree No 187 of
30 December 1982, is considered compatible with the common market.




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