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The Future of EU Financing

15 May 2024 - 11:17
Source: Symbolic EURO coins / Reuters
Modernising the EU budget seriously?

In a new edition of the European Council Experts’ Debrief by TEPSA, experts  including Senior Research Fellow Adriaan Schout focus on the sensitive issue of the future financing of European Union (EU) policies. 

Adriaan Schout contributed the article Modernising the EU budget seriously?.

"The new college will have to outline its budget plans as soon as possible to match its political programme and to get the work started. Costly ambitions now high on the EU agenda encompass industrial policy, defence and support for Ukraine, the Green Deal, migration, and infrastructure (energy, digitalisation, and transport). In addition, there is considerable pressure to decide on the continuation of NGEU, which has almost doubled the EU budget. Given the difficulties in reforming the existing budget and the new priorities, it is safe to assume that there will be calls for ‘fresh’ money."

Read the full article on page 11

Expert contributors to this edition of the debrief include: 

  • Johanna Breuer, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany
  • Michele Chang, College of Europe, Belgium
  • Erik Jones, European University Institute, Italy
  • Eulalia Rubio Barceló, Jacques Delors Institute, France & Center for European Policy Studies, Belgium
  • Stéphane Saurel, UCLouvain – Saint-Louis Bruxelles, Belgium
  • Adriaan Schout, Clingendael Institute, the Netherlands
  • Aneta Spendzharova, Maastricht University, the Netherlands
  • Fabian Zuleeg, European Policy Centre, Belgium