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Democratic accountability of Council’s budget – Council executive powers


This was a briefing commissioned by European Parliament, DG Internal Policies of the Union through a Negotiated Procedure No IP/D/CONT/IC/2017-038. CEPS was commissioned to write a briefing on “Democratic accountability of Council’s budget – Council executive powers” and to participate in a workshop on 30 May 2017 under the title “Council discharge – finding solutions”.

The briefing was published by the European Parliament due to its detailed work as in-depth analysis. The work was then presented at a workshop organised by the European Parliament’s Budgetary control Committee. The analysis introduced the challenges faced in delivering a discharge of the Council’s budget over the last decade, with particular regard to the Council’s executive activities. It analysed the institutional and legal constraints, and offered a number of recommendations for how to achieve more accountability regarding the Council’s budget and executive expenditure without resorting to treaty reform.

David Rinaldi

Associate Research Fellow

Jorge Núñez Ferrer

Senior Research Fellow

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