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Do Benevolent Aspects Have Room Explaining EU Bydget Receipts?

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  • Kauppi, Heikki
  • Widgrén, Mika

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The member states have self-interested objectives and they use their voting power in the Council of Ministers (CM) to maximize their shares from the EU budget, whereas European Parliament (EP) uses its power to support benevolent objectives and equality between member states. Given the current decision procedures of the EU, EP has effective power on non-compulsory expenditure covering structural spending, but not on compulsory expenditure consisting mainly of agricultural spending. We use this fact to assess how the assumed benevolent objectives of EP turn into member statesŽ budget receipts in a power politics based model.

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Paper provided by The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy in its series Discussion Papers with number 1161.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 2008
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Handle: RePEc:rif:dpaper:1161

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