IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this article

EU Budget 2007-2013: Alternative Financing Sources


  • Margit Schratzenstaller


  • Bernd Berghuber



Without any tax sovereignty of its own and faced with a substantial decline in the volume of its "traditional own resources", the EU is left with a very low degree of revenue autonomy. The EU budget is financed primarily from national contributions by the member states. There is a growing contradiction between the absence of an EU tax sovereignty, on the one hand, and the trend towards deeper European integration and the fact that a number of "European public goods" and activities with positive cross-border external effects are financed from EU funds. Key features of a reform of the EU financing system could be the abolition of the VAT-based revenue component, the continuation of a supplementary revenue source based on Gross National Income (GNI), and the attribution of dedicated taxes to the EU (notably a tax on foreign exchange transactions and a kerosene tax).

Suggested Citation

  • Margit Schratzenstaller & Bernd Berghuber, 2007. "EU Budget 2007-2013: Alternative Financing Sources," Austrian Economic Quarterly, WIFO, vol. 12(1), pages 34-50, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:wfo:wquart:y:2007:i:1:p:34-50

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    File Function: Abstract
    Download Restriction: Payment required

    As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to search for a different version of it.

    More about this item


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:wfo:wquart:y:2007:i:1:p:34-50. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Ilse Schulz). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.