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EC panel issues plan to reform the budget

The EC commission unveiled proposals for reform of the European Community budget, including a special mechanism to reduce the cost of Britain's EC membership. The Commission did not set any figure on how much Britain's budget contributions could be reduced, but some estimates were $1.1 billion.

The Commission's blueprint for budget reform is in response to a mandate from EC foreign ministers last year to find a solution avoiding any repetition of the row over budget payments which split Britain and its EC partners in 1979 and early 1980.

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West Germany has also complained about the high level of its net contributions, which last year came to more than $1.8 billion. But the Commission took no specific accout of West Germany's complaints, beyond emphasizing the need for streamlining the EC's expensive Common Agriculturral Po licy to reduce its cost.

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