"We should be able to bridge those differences," she said. "We have a reached a good basis to continue our work."
"Our bilateral talks showed there is sufficient ground to reach agreement," she said.
There is no set deadline for a deal, but the closer it gets to 2014, the tougher it will be for a smooth introduction of new programs. If there is no deal up to 2014, there would be a rollover of the 2013 budget plus a 2 percent increase accounting for inflation.
Raf Casert and Robert Wielaard contributed from Brussels, Juergen Baetz contributed from Berlin. Don Melvin can be reached at http://twitter.com/Don_Melvin .
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