03 Dec 2012

The EU budget becomes politically more explosive

H. Onno Ruding

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H. Onno Ruding describes the negotiations on the EU budget, which will resume in 2013 following their collapse in late November, as “more awkward than usual”. In this new CEPS Commentary, he advises EU leaders to make the instrument more forward-looking in promoting economic growth in Europe and less focused on maintaining legacy entitlements of past years. In his view, this means more spending on research, innovation, education and infrastructure and also requires further reductions in the still-dominant agricultural subsidies as well as regional and structural funds.

H. Onno Ruding is Chairman of the CEPS-Board of Directors and former Minister of Finance of the Netherlands.