Features and Challenges of the EU Budget
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Features and Challenges of the EU Budget

A Multidisciplinary Analysis

Edited by Luca Zamparini and Ubaldo Villani-Lubelli

Since the inception of the European Economic Community, the EU budget has been one of the most contested and important issues. The evolution of its structure and composition has also reflected the overall development of the EU. From a multidisciplinary approach, this book examines the current features and challenges of the EU budget. It provides historical, political, legal, and economic analyses, alongside a discussion of its future development. The book will prove timely and relevant for scholars, practitioners and policy makers alike.
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Chapter 3: The EU budget between bargaining tool and policy instrument

Mario Kölling


In the academic and political debate, the argument that the EU budget is a relic of the past and needs a deep reform is commonplace. Despite numerous proposals for improvements, the reforms of the past did not meet expectations. However, the EU budget has been evolving during the past decades. Given the new internal and external challenges of the EU, it appears that we are facing a further reform of spending policies while a reform of the revenue side may be postponed – again. In this text we will look for evidence that could confirm that the EU budget has already started an important transformation which, according to the debates on the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021–2027, will continue after 2020.

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