published: 08.02.2013, 18:39 | updated: 08.02.2013 18:43:55
Brussels - The threat that the Czech Republic might block the negotiations on the EU´s 2014-20 long-time budget helped Prague raise the sum it will be able to draw from European funds during the period to more than 20.5 billion euros, Prime Minister Petr Necas told Czech journalists today.
He was speaking after more than 24 hours of negotiations that continued throughout last night until early tonight.
The Czech Republic will draw the above money within the EU cohesion policy through which billions of euros are sent mainly in aid of poorer regions.
"The negotiations were very complicated and I do not deny that they were also very demanding," Necas said.
The EU leaders eventually agreed on spending at 957 billion euros, a decrease of around 3 percent on the last budget.
"A cut has been made...It is a really austerity financial framework," Necas said.
The amount the Czech Republic will get from EU funds will palpably decrease compared with 2007-13 when the country had some 26.7 billion euros available.
This was, however, expected given the budget cuts and the Czech Republic growing richer within the EU.
Necas said the sum for the Czech Republic per capita will be the fourth highest in the EU.
In the ending period the Czech Republic holds first position.
Before the summit, Necas said the proposed volume of money for the Czech Republic in the EU funds is too small and threatened with a veto of the negotiations.
Eventually, the sum was raised by 900 million euros in 2011 prices.
"The veto was meaningful," Necas said.
If the Czech Republic were not serious about the threat to block the negotiations, it would not have attained an increase in the sum, Necas said.
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