MEPs have warned the council that its plan to allow member states to control 80% of the LIFE+ environmental programme budget is "unacceptable", ahead of conciliation talks on the issue. Speaking to journalists on Wednesday, parliamentary negotiators demanded flexibility from EU governments. Rapporteur, French Green Marie Ann Isler Beguin, said that the commission was "failing to defend its policies, but the parliament is not bluffing". European parliament, tel: +32 2 284 2111.
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