|Author (Person)||Asatryan, Zareh, Havlik, Annika, Heinermann, Friedrich, Nover, Justus, Pilati, Marta|
|Author (Corporate)||European Parliament: DG Internal Policies|
|Series Title||EPRS At a Glance|
|Series Details||PE 648.760|
|Publication Date||February 2020|
|Content Type||Research Paper|
Operating budgetary balances (OBBs) are calculated and published annually by the European Commission as an attempt to document the differences between a Member State’s financial contribution to and its allocated expenditure from the EU budget. OBBs have become a highly politicised concept, with substantial shortcomings. Calculating Operating budgetary balances (OBB) is purely an accounting exercise.
This is most convincingly demonstrated by the zero-sum assumption inherent in the Operating budgetary balances concept, as a positive OBB of one country must necessarily be offset by a negative OBB of equal size by another Member State. Evidently, such a perspective stands in sharp contrast with the idea of an EU budget that is not primarily meant as a system of fiscal redistribution, but rather as a means to generate European added value..
|Subject Categories||Economic and Financial Affairs|
|Subject Tags||EU Budget|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|