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Thursday, 18 December 2003 - Strasbourg OJ edition


  Gill (PSE ), rapporteur . Mr President, my aim has been to ensure that the European Union, at least in administrative terms, hits the ground running when it becomes a Union of 25, and also to try to achieve a balance between the necessary increases in resources and, at the same time, ensure value for money for the European taxpayer. This budget achieves value for money, and we can congratulate ourselves that we have achieved that juggling act and managed to finance enlargement without breaking the ceiling in heading 5.

This budget fundamentally completes the process of enlargement budgeting and it is a good result for the European taxpayer.


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