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EU budget review – workshops

2. The political economy of EU public finances: designing governance for change

5 February 2009: Berlaymont building

This workshop intends to explore some ways to overcome the current impasse of the EU finances. The workshop takes a closer look at the different options for modifying the existing procedures and creating the incentive structure for change.

The strong status quo bias is one of the main obstacles to aligning the EU budget with the evolving challenges the EU faces. Vested interests and unanimity voting for adopting the multiannual financial framework make change extremely difficult.

The following questions tackle, among other things the status quo bias and serve as a starting point for the workshop:

Programme PDF (16 KB)

Session 1 – The Status Quo Bias on the EU Budget and the Potential for Change

Session 2 – The EU Budget and Evolving Policy Challenges