Alfredo De Feo European pratictioner and researcher

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Next May, 2nd, the Commission will launch the formal proposals for the Multiannual Financial Framework, which will shape Europe toward 2030.These proposals will arrive after a long preparation in the Commission but also in the Member States. These MFF are not a simple renewal but it is the first concrete response of the EUR 27… » read more

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The EU has different faces and roles – the regulatory role, the legislative role within EU and its role as actor in the external world – but a (almost) single delivery tool: the EU budget. The reform of the EU should cover both institutional and budgetary aspects. Is a modification of the Treaty necessary to… » read more

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Il Corriere Fiorentino del 9 Dicembre ha dato rilievo alla discussione in corso a Bruxelles e nelle cancellerie dei paesi europei sul futuro dei finanziamenti europei dopo il 2020, cioè alla scadenza dell’attuale programmazione finanziaria. Gli articoli di Fatucchi e Gori sono precisi e ben documentati, ma mi sia consentita qualche considerazione su questo tema.… » read more

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Alfredo De Feo The European project is navigating in turbulent waters. In the State of the Union 2017’s speech, J.C. Juncker said that he wants to put ‘wind back in Europe sail’, but if Europe wants to sail again in calmer waters, in addition to the wind it is necessary a captain at the helm… » read more

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The need for EU reform is gaining ground and rising on the European political agenda. In 2015 the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies started a research project on the use of financial resources in Europe. This project, part of the Integration, Governance and Democracy strand, has followed the approach of the RSCAS in combining… » read more

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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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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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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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