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2019 EU budget talks to continue

The Council and the European Parliament concluded on 16 November 2018 that further consultations were needed to find a compromise on the 2019 EU budget that would be satisfactory for both sides. The negotiations were suspended to allow this. 

"The Council maintains its objectives for next year's budget", said Hartwig Löger, minister for finance of Austria and chief Council negotiator for the 2019 EU budget. "We want a strong focus on our priorities - growth and jobs, young people, security and migration - whilst ensuring prudent budgeting in line with sound financial management.  We are ready to engage constructively with the Parliament to reach agreement on Monday." 

The talks will resume on 19 November at 15.30. If the Council and the European Parliament do not reach an agreement, the Commission has to present a new draft budget.

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