EU states want to cut draft EU budget for 2011

Member states want to shave €3.6bn off the EU budget for 2011 proposed by the European Commission. This may include cuts to environment-related spending. Total payments would be reduced to €126.5bn or just over 1% of the bloc's gross income.

Cuts are proposed across the board, including programmes under the "preservation and management of natural resources" heading for which member states want to spend €820m less than what the commission proposed in its draft budget in April.

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