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A plan for implementing the EU's 1999 Budget has been adopted by the European Commission with a view to achieving a more even-handed spread of financial management activities throughout the financial year. This plan is exciting more and more interest amongst the Member States, particularly as regards payment appropriations for actual budget hand-outs.The new implementation plan seeks to achieve two basic aims. The idea first of all is to share out the financial management effort more effectively and to spread the appropriation implementation process throughout the year. During a second phase, this more effective distribution system should mean that by the end of the year the rate of implementation should match the realisation of the objectives determined by the budgetary...

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