Legislators reach agreement on EU budget for 2010

MEPs and member states on Thursday struck a deal on the EU's budget for 2010, including an extra €1.5bn for strategic energy projects. Legislators also agreed funding for the closure of the Kozloduy nuclear plant in Bulgaria.

The main dispute between MEPs and member states was where the funding would come from. The extra funds for energy projects are part of the European economic recovery plan. The EU will spend €2.4bn to finance the plan next year.

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