Features and challenges of the EU budget. A multidisciplinary analysis

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Publication Date 2019
ISBN 9781788971911
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The budget has been among the most pressing topics facing Brussels throughout the history of the EU. This book proposes a timely analysis of the most pertinent issues surrounding the EU budget with a multidisciplinary approach that includes historical, political, legal and economic interpretations.

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The book considers the history of the EU budget and the European integration process, offering insight into the broader political implications of the budget for both Member State governments and for their citizens. The book also explores the legal and economic repercussions of the EU budget, examines the framework that controls it, and interrogates the budget’s effects on European growth and competitiveness alongside its significance to the structural balances of Member States. At a time of uncertainty for the EU, this book provides a critical investigation of how political factors will affect the future of the EU budget.


1. Introduction | Luca Zamparini and Ubaldo Villani-Lubelli

Part I: Historical and Political Profiles

2. The EU budget and the European integration process: a historical analysis | Ubaldo Villani-Lubelli
3. The EU budget between bargaining tool and policy instrument | Mario Kölling
4. ‘No representation without taxation’: for a history of the budgetary control in the European Union | Alessandro Isoni
5. Citizens’ attitudes towards the EU budget: an overview | Karsten Mause
6. The Multiannual Financial Framework: reforms and path-dependent development of the EU budget | Robert Kaiser
7. Towards a closer intergovernmental Union? The political implications of the 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework negotiations | Matteo Scotto

Part II: Legal and Economic Profiles

8. The EU budget and the MFF between flexibility and unity | Peter Becker
9. The European framework for monitoring and control of the EU budget | Elsa Perreau
10. Growth, competitiveness and the EU budget | Luca Zamparini
11. The relevance of the EU budget for the structural balances of Member States | Maurizia Pierri
12. Brexit and the EU budget | Margit Schratzenstaller

13. Conclusions | Ubaldo Villani-Lubelli and Luca Zamparini

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