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Introduction In times of economic crisis and instability there is an increased need to mobilize public funds to stimulate growth, but at the same time in these periods there is a scarcity of resources. This situation stimulates a search for more efficiency and effectiveness, and ultimately a better use of resources in terms of concentrating… » read more

  Posted by European pratictioner and researcher

After over a decade of relative stability, recent years have seen new momentum in EU budget politics. The Treaty of Lisbon introduced the broadest reform of budgetary procedures since the 1970s, while the financial and economic crisis has intensified scepticism towards European integration among citizens and decision-makers. As a result, the EU budget has become… » read more

  Posted by European pratictioner and researcher

Since the reform of the Treaties of the ‘70ies, the two arms of the budgetary authorities, the Council and the European Parliament, signed a Gentlemen’s agreement committing to accept each other budget, without amendments or modifications.   In many cases the Council and the EP would have had reasons to intervene on the other Institution’s… » read more

  Posted by European pratictioner and researcher

National Parliaments often complain to have no direct grip on EU affairs, even if the Lisbon Treaty formalised their competence over the subsidiarity check on EU legislation. An area where National Parliaments play a crucial role is the EU resources, the modification of the decision on own resources is submitted to the ratification of National… » read more

  Posted by European pratictioner and researcher

In times of economic crisis and instability there is an increased need of mobilization of public funds. At the same time there is scarcity of resources. At European level, Member states are not ready to increase financial allocation to the EU unless, eventually, there is a clear and shared objective. This situation stimulates the research… » read more

  Posted by European pratictioner and researcher

The European Council, under the pressure of the European Parliament, has agreed to establish a High Level Group on Own Resources, with representatives of all Institutions and chaired by prof. Mario Monti1. The group has already produced a first interim report and is preparing a Conference (June 2016) with all National Parliaments before presenting its… » read more

  Posted by European pratictioner and researcher

The UK has floods once more – this time in Cumbria. 60000 homes are without power, and the region had record rainfall. That follows floods in winter 2013-2014 in the South West of England. On 14th February 2014, The Independent and a few more newspapers had stories that the UK government (then a coalition between… » read more

  Posted by Jon Worth Euroblog

The European Commission is struggling to justify an increase of nearly 7 per cent in the EU payments budget for 2013.  The timing could hardly be worse, with national budgets feeling the full force of austerity, governments facing fierce opposition to spending cuts at home, and the Dutch being forced into new elections as coalition… » read more

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