Amending Budget N° 6, which would add €2.7 billion to the 2013 budget, will be debated and put to a vote on Thursday morning. This amending budget was approved by the Budgets Committee at an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday evening,
The amending budget is needed because revenue from import duties collected at the EU's external borders is far lower than was forecast by Eurostat (and endorsed by the EU member states) and thus had to be replaced by a higher GNI contribution.
According to Commission President José Manuel Barroso, the Commission will not be in a position to pay legitimate invoices from mid-November onwards, unless this amending budget is accepted.
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