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 6: The Multiannual Financial Framework: reforms and path-dependent development of the EU budget

Robert Kaiser

Abstract

The European Union has negotiated the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) in times of multiple crises phenomena. Even though many arguments have been made in favour of substantial budgetary reforms, significant changes of the next MFF are not very likely. The chapter argues that the MFF has to be understood as a complex institutional structure that, established in 1988 to minimize severe conflicts among member states about the European budget, has since developed along a stable institutional path. As a consequence, there are strong barriers against radical structural reforms while changes at the level of instruments and mechanisms are well possible. The chapter substantiates potential patterns of stability and change by analysing the structural, the process and the policy levels of the post 2020 MFF.

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