Estonia disagrees with Blair

  • 2005-11-30
  • By TBT staff
TALLINN 's British Prime Minister Tony Blair's proposal to cut the upcoming EU budget is disadvantageous to Estonia, vice chairman of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee Toomas Hendrik Ilves told the Eesti Paevaleht daily.

"It is clearly disadvantageous to us, the main part of those cuts will simply be at our expense. Our agricultural subsidies are anyway three times smaller than those of old member states, there are anyway restrictions on the free movement of labor, and old member states won't anyway allow the free movement of services. In this light, attempts to salvage the budget at our expense are especially cynical," Ilves said.

Information that is currently known about the British budget proposal is based on media reports, he added, as the proposal has not been officially unveiled yet.