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Asked for any guidance on the Prime Minister’s trip later on in the week, and what was the Prime Minister hoping to get out of it, the PMOS said that we were at a significant point of the budget negotiations. It was important that the countries in Eastern Europe and central Europe understood where we were coming from. Every leader that we had met, which included the Maltese Prime Minister and others, had all said that the key point for the new accession countries was stability, and knowing what their budget was going to be, and being able to plan accordingly.

As the Prime Minister had said, that was one of his main driving forces in trying to go for a deal, because everyone knew the difficulties, but equally, we had to appreciate the difficulties that the lack of a deal were causing the accession countries in particular. Therefore, it was important that they knew where they were coming from, and that we knew what their approach was. That was the basic outline of the deal.

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