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The European Union in Crisis – the View of the Presidency

Tony Blair
Published Online: 2006-02-06 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zfse.2006.3.4.519

Abstract

 The current situation of the European Union is being characterised by three main features. First of all, a budget agreement was reached on the Brussels European Council in December 2005. Secondly, a future reform of the budget has been agreed upon; and thirdly, the debate on the future of Europe has been continuing with a fair degree of vigour since the Constitutional Treaty votes in the earlier part of 2005. Although many people, especially in the European Parliament, would have preferred a higher budget, we believe that the settlement we achieved is the best solution under these circumstances. I would also like to stress that there is a significant transfer of resources from the wealthy to the poorer Member States. Indeed, according to our calculations, the Structure and Cohesion Funds for the accession countries will increase from about € 24 billion to over € 170 billion. This is an important statement to make about the purpose of the EU budget, i.e. to enable enlargement to be a success.

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Published Online: 2006-02-06

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Citation Information: Zeitschrift für Staats- und Europawissenschaften, Volume 3, Issue 4, Pages 519–521, ISSN (Online) 1612-7013, ISSN (Print) 1610-7780, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zfse.2006.3.4.519.

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