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GILMORE ON MFF NEGOTIATIONS.

Negotiations on the EU's multiannual financial framework (MFF) 2014-2020 have been cranked up a notch, with six hours of three-way negotiations, on 4 June in Brussels, between representatives of the Council of Ministers, the European Commission and the European Parliament. Speaking after the meeting, Ireland's Tanaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, who heads the Council, said: "We made good progress today, further narrowing down the issues outstanding between us. I believe agreement is still possible by the end of this month, if there is sufficient will on all sides". Two further preparatory meetings will take place before the next political three-way talks in Strasbourg, on 11 June. Gilmore said: "I will travel to Strasbourg next week for what will be a key negotiating session".

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Title Annotation:multiannual financial framework; Eamon Gilmore
Publication:European Report
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4E
Date:Jun 6, 2013
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