March 15, 2011

Presentation "The Value Added of the EU Budget: Subsidiarity and Effectiveness"

Presentation used by Arjan Lejour during the CEPS-SIEPS seminar "The Next Long-Term Budget: What Should Go In? What Should Go Out?" , March 9, Brussels.

Preparations for the next Multiannual Financial Framework are in full swing. In its mid-term budget review, the Commission has put great emphasis on the need to mobilise substantial resources to pay for the investments providing genuine European Public Goods. Experts have long agreed that such items deserve particular attention in the EU budget. But member states retain their strong interest in net positions, and past negotiations have often revolved around the notion of "juste retour".

The purpose of the afternoon conference is to present on-going studies on the concept of European Public Goods and the possibilities of boosting collective European interests through reforms in the budgetary procedure. A collaborative volume will be published later this spring by the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies (SIEPS).

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