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Agricultural Expenditure in the Future European Union Budget

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Microsoft Word - submissionDHSS 1 Agricultural expenditure in the future European Union budget Fabrizio DE FILIPPIS Università degli Studi Roma Tre Roberto HENKE Istituto Nazionale di Economia Agraria Luca SALVATICI Università degli Studi Roma Tre Roberta SARDONE Istituto Nazionale di Economia Agraria Paper prepared for presentation at the EAAE 2011 Congress Change and Uncertainty Challenges for Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources August 30 to September 2, 2011 ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland Copyright 2011 by [De Filippis, Henke, Salvatici, Sardone]. All rights reserved. Readers may make Verbatim copies of this document for non-commercial purposes by any means, provided that this copyright notice appears on all such copies. 2 Agricultural expenditure in the future European Union budget 1. Introduction The link between the European Union (EU) budget and further reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is central and the issue of net financial balances due to the CAP, although its instruments have undergone significant reforms since 1993, remains a bone of contention in European politics. The economic literature1 has long questioned the adequacy of EU policies to address the challenges facing Europe and judged the current allocation of financial resources as being at odds with the future of Europe. Considerable evaluation and discussion is going on in academic debate (VV.AA., 2009; Ecorys, 2008), within the Commission (European Commission, 2007, 2008, 2010a and 2010b), in Member States2, and in many think tanks (ECNS et al., 2009; Cooper et al., 2009). These efforts address the general issue of the economic and political foundations of the EU budget and reconsider the question of the appropriate government level in the EU for various public policies. A number of proposals for a new budget framework have been formulated to alleviate the confu

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