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EU Lawmakers Reject Budget Deal


European Union lawmakers have rejected a controversial budget deal reached at an EU summit last month and have called for further talks on the issue.

At a plenary session Wednesday in Strasbourg, France, the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly, 541 to 76 against the $1 trillion EU budget for 2007-2013.

Lawmakers critical of the deal said it fell short of the budget proposed by the European Parliament last June.

Austria's Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency, said there is room to maneuver so a compromise can be reached.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who presided over last month's EU summit, had called the proposed budget a fair deal. Some of the lawmakers insisted the budget does not provide sufficient aid for EU members.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.
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