Santos, Indhira and Neheider, Susanne. (2009) Reframing the EU budget decision-making process. Bruegel Working Paper 2009/03 [04?], May 2009. [Working Paper]
This paper traces the history of the EU budget and draws lessons for the review to come. Whatever reforms are proposed, the authors believe that they must serve to shift spending to policy areas and instruments where the EU can best add value while at the same time recognising the political need for member states to present EU budget negotiation results in ‘net-balance’ terms. A two-stage negotiation is proposed: first member states should negotiate and agree on what constitute EU public goods. Everything else would thereafter - by default - be deemed redistributive/compensatory spending to be financed on the basis of member states’ current overall net balances.
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