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Italy Appeals to Van Rompuy EU Budget Diplomacy After U.K. Talks

Oct. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Italian European Affairs Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi appealed to European Union President Herman Van Rompuy to resolve differences among states in time for a deal on the EU budget next month.

“There’s a month of time to find common ground,” Moavero said at a press conference in Rome with U.K. Europe Minister David Lidington. “There will be bilateral meetings of national delegations with EU President Herman Van Rompuy to bridge differences to allow the heads of state and government at the extraordinary summit in November to possibly close the budget.”

Leaders from the EU’s 27 member states will meet in Brussels next month to seek agreement on the seven-year budget. Milanesi, who serves under Prime Minister Mario Monti, said the summit would be constructive and that Italy shared Lidington’s approach to the negotiations.

“We want to reach an agreement in November, but it has to be the right kind of agreement,” Lidington told reporters at the conference. “This is an agreement that will require unanimous consent.”

The U.K. is “engaged in intensive discussions with our partners, including Italy, about the way forward,” Lidington said.

To contact the reporters on this story: Andrew Frye in Milan at afrye@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net.

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