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Two keys to re­form­ing EU fi­nanc­ing: more sub­sidiar­i­ty, more trans­paren­cy

  • Version 02 December 2016
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  • Version 02 December 2016
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In the debate over efforts to reform the EU budget, repeated calls are made (a) to ensure more transparent and fairer burden-sharing and (b) to replace the widespread juste-retour (“just returns”) mindset with a stronger focus on policies that serve the interests of Europe as a whole. This report argues that it is possible to make EU financing practices more transparent and, in this way, to improve democratic control over the EU budget. However, it is unlikely that establishing new sources of financing will succeed in eliminating the juste-retour mindset. This mindset primarily affects EU spending and can therefore only be effectively counteracted through reforms to the expenditure side of the EU budget.

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