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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

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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

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The presentation of the High Level Group on own resources (HLGOR) report in January 2017, ends, at least at the political level, a very rich and intensive phase, where the own resources of the European Union have been on top of the European political agenda. EU own resources have attracted the interest of scholars who… » read more

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Since the reform of the Treaties of the ‘70ies, the two arms of the budgetary authorities, the Council and the European Parliament, respected a Gentlemen’s agreement committing to accept each other budget, without amendments or modifications.   Since the ‘70ies Council and EP have always respected the ‘gentlemen agreement’, even if, in many cases, with… » read more

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The article presented at the Fair Tax Conference in Vienna, September 2016, places the reform of own resources in the contest of the difficulties of the European ideals and the attitude of part of the European public opinion towards the European project. This reform cannot be treated as ‘business as usual’ but it should be… » read more

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Union means Union

  Many believe that we live in a European Union, where part of competences of national States have been voluntarily transferred to the EU, who sets the rules and should enforce them, ultimately through a judicial system, the Court of Justice. In fact over the years, exceptions to the common rules have been admitted formally… » read more

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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

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  The first challenge for EU Leaders is to handle with care the UK exit from the EU. It will be a very complex operation which could also be the motor and stimulate further reforms of the EU.   The official statements, so far, tell us that there will be no impact for UK for… » read more

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The text below is the introduction to a recent publication of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studied of the EUI on a topic which is discussed both at academic and political level. This publication is a modest contribution to the debate on this subject.   INTRODUCTION The workshop organised by the Robert Schuman Centre… » read more

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Never in the last 15 years, EU own resources have been as high on the political agendas as in the last two years. Academia and research centres have contributed and continue to contribute to the political, economic and technical analysis and a public debate has started in the inner circles. This debate is technically complex… » read more

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