Fruitful discussions on the 2015 EU budget and the pending draft amendment budgets for 2014, notably aimed at addressing outstanding payments, have taken place on 8 December between the Presidency of the Council and representatives of the European Parliament and the European Commission. The discussions took place on the basis of a last compromise proposal of the Commission. The Council's Permanent Representatives Committee will take stock of the progress on 9 December.
"Today we've made an important step towards solving the outstanding issues on the 2014 and 2015 EU budgets. We now need to finalise this work and reach a satisfactory result for everybody", said Pier Carlo Padoan, the Italian Minister for Finance and President of the Council.
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