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EU budget reservations emerge

A MAJORITY of European Union countries, including Slovakia, issued a statement October 11 expressing reservations about the proposed 2007 - 20013 budget.

Foreign Minister Eduard Kukan said, "The statement is based on the fact that the system to be introduced would be disadvantageous for the new members of the EU."

As an example, he mentioned funding to support science and research, which, as currently proposed, would be given only to the best projects, the news wire TASR wrote.

"The EU15 is doing better in these matters, and if the money were divided according to what's being proposed now, we would be discriminated against," explained Kukan. Slovakia would prefer to see a more flexible system, by implementing national quotas, for example.

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