The European Parliament on Tuesday refused to proceed with negotiations on the 2013 European Union budget, blaming member states for refusing to fund shortfalls in this year's budget.
"We know that programmes as important as the framework progrmme for research, the European Social Fund, the rural development fund, humanitarian aid and (the study-abroad programme) Erasmus have been short of money for more than a month," the chair of the legislature's Budget Committee, Alain Lamassoure, said in a statement.
"Given the current impossibility in which (member states) find themselves to solve the problem of the 2012 outstanding balance, ... the European Parliament cannot continue the budgetary negotiation on the 2013 budget," he added.
Earthquake aid for Italy - which had been enmeshed in the budget negotiations - will be handled separately, Lamassoure said, noting that the parliament is ready to vote next week if EU governments bring forward a proposal along those lines.
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