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 8: The EU budget and the MFF between flexibility and unity

Peter Becker


The negotiations on the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021–2027 have already started and beyond the controversy over the volume and distribution of funds, the search for a reliable balance between budgetary predictability on the one hand and the need for political adaptability of the budget on the other will certainly become an issue of these negotiations. The EU will have to improve its capacity for response on political challenges accurately and properly through flexibility instruments inside and outside the MFF will have to be brought into line with the budgetary principles of budget unity and completeness. The principle of unity of the budget has exceptions and the most fundamental exception could be a special budget for the Eurozone. But above all the European Parliament’s budgetary participation and control rights and thus the democratic legitimacy of the EU budget as a whole must be taken into account.

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