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The Commission proposes 9% per annum growth in pre-accession assistance from E1.1bn in 2007 to E1.5bn by 2011 to be shared between Turkey, Croatia, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, and, Kosovo. In this period the share for Turkey is projected to rise from 45-51% while that of Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, and, Kosovo is… » read more

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In the next few weeks or so hope to start to address some of the following questions: * What are the issues that Europe (as the EU) speaks to when it deals with asia; * How are these issues different and separate from those that are dealt with at a single Member State level; *… » read more

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Of those Directorate Generals that the Commission classifies as External Relations the table below provides the budget / staff ratio for each DG. And within the External relations DG the figures include budget commitments and regular staff working in EC delegations. DG Budget Share Staff Share External relations 3,527 3% 2,623 8% Development 1,244 1%… » read more

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One striking observation is the distribution of budget commitments by DG relatve to staff. For even though External Relations (taken here to include External Relations, Trade, Development, Enlargement, and, Humanitarian Aid) has 18% of Commission staff it garners just 5% of the Euro 124bn budget. While in contrast the 3% of staff in Agriculture control… » read more

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The current term of the European Commission expires 31 October 2009 when a fresh President and commissioners will be appointed. There are 40 Directorates-General (DG) in the Commission and can be found at the following link. http://ec.europa.eu/dgs_en.htm Here DGs for Development, Enlargement, Europe Aid, External Relations, Humanitarian Aid, and, Trade are grouped under External Relations.… » read more

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True to its Treaties the Union’s budget continues to be in surplus. In the year to September 30, 2007 the Union has received E88bn in revenue compared to payments made of E81bn and giving rise to a surplus of E7bn. That surplus compares to E4bn in each of the fiscal years of 2006 and 2005.… » read more

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