The Chancellor, in a private meeting with EU President Herman Van Rompuy last week, said that Britain wanted to help co-operation. But he made it clear that no financial sovereignty would be handed over to Brussels.
Mr Osborne told a gathering of his fellow finance ministers: "The first port of call is not the European Commission but national parliament."
A Brussels official said that only a flavour of the Budget details would be expected in advance.
"We would not be privy to the full national budget, but we would be given an explanation of what the Chancellor intends to do," the official added.
Isn't this behaviour from the EU an intrusion too far into UK affairs? This shows the dictatorial culture of the EU in simple terms. Is it any wonder some of us feel that the relationship with this mini-empire has to be renegotiated.