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The EU’s Multi-Annual Financial Framework for 2014-2020: an Old Construct Fit for a Changed EU?

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  • Sándor Richter

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As a consequence of the 2008-2009 international financial crisis the European Union is undergoing per-haps its most difficult period since the beginnings of the European integration. The response to this challenge includes decisions and planned steps to strengthen fiscal discipline in the member states, safeguard measures against a falling-apart of the eurozone and the introduction of a Union-wide super-vision of the European banking sector. A new fiscal capacity (budget) for the eurozone is under consid-eration. It seems that the extraordinary situation has triggered a wave of extraordinary reforms throughout the EU. In one area, the Community Budget, however, time seems to have stopped temporarily. The European Council of 22-23 November 2012 was unable to arrive at a compromise on the terms of the Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF or the EU budget) and postponed the decision to 7-8 February. The contradiction between the decades-old unsolved budgetary problems and the rapidly changing environment cannot be greater as it is now.

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Paper provided by FIW in its series FIW Policy Brief series with number 019.

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Date of creation: Feb 2013
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Handle: RePEc:wsr:pbrief:y:2013:i:019

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Keywords: European Union; Multiannual Financial Framework; EU budget; net financial position; Cohesion Policy; CAP; Europe 2020;

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  1. Sandor Richter, 2008. "Facing the Monster 'Juste retour': On the Net Financial Position of Member States vis-à-vis the EU Budget and a Proposal for Reform," wiiw Research Reports 348, The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw.
  2. Angel de la Fuente & Rafael Doménech, 2001. "The Redistributive Effects of the EU Budget: An Analysis and Proposal for Reform," Journal of Common Market Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 39(2), pages 307-330, 06.
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