15 Jun 2017

Democratic accountability of Council’s budget

Council executive powers

Giacomo Benedetto / David Rinaldi / Hartmut Aden


This in-depth analysis introduces the challenges that have been faced in delivering a discharge of the Council’s budget over the last decade, with particular regard to the Council’s executive activities. It analyses the institutional and legal constraints, and it makes a number of recommendations for how to achieve more accountability regarding the Council’s budget and executive expenditure without resorting to treaty reform.

This document was requested by the European Parliament’s Committee on Budgetary Control.

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