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The CAP and the EU budget: Do the ex-ante data tell the true?


  • Sotte, Franco


The aim of this paper is to suggest the adoption of an "evidence based" approach in the analysis of CAP expenditure. The debate on CAP expenditure is generally based on ex-ante images of the budget as presented in the Multiannual Financial Framework and, before each financial year, on the budget appropriations for commitments. But this differs significantly from the actual payments as recorded ex-post in the Financial Reports. These differences are mainly concentrated on structural policies (such as regional and rural development policy), while they do not exist, or are minimal, in the mere transfer policies (such as in Pillar 1 of the CAP). Based as it is on a partial and distorted image of the expenditure, the analysis and discussion on the CAP reform is distorted as well.

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  • Sotte, Franco, 2011. "The CAP and the EU budget: Do the ex-ante data tell the true?," 122nd Seminar, February 17-18, 2011, Ancona, Italy 99835, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:eaa122:99835

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    CAP expenditure; financial reports; evidence based approach; CAP reform; Agricultural and Food Policy; H5; F5;

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    • H5 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies
    • F5 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy

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