If re-elected for second term, President Nicolas Sarkozy intends to freeze the contribution of France in the European Union budget. According to the French president, this step is necessary as part of efforts to reduce the government deficit.
“France wants to freeze its contribution to the EU budget”, Sarkozy said when presenting his election program. In his words, such a step would lead to savings of 600 million EUR annually. Sarkozy did not specify for what period provides the freezing of the contribution.
He reiterated the commitment the country to achieve a balanced budget with a zero deficit in 2016 “This is my main goal”, said current president. To achieve the French Government must be provided an additional 53 billion EUR.
Three quarters of this amount will come from cuts in government spending, commented the French president Nicolas Sarkozy.