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‘Mapping the Cost of Non-Europe 2014-19’ - study by the Parliament’s European Added Value Unit


Entitled 'Mapping the Cost of Non-Europe, 2014-19', the study brings together work-in-progress on a long-term project to identify and analyse the 'cost of non-Europe' in a number of policy fields. This concept, first pioneered by the European Parliament in the 1980s, is used here to quantify the potential efficiency gains in today's European economy from pursuing a series of policy initiatives recently advocated by the Parliament - from a wider and deeper digital single market to better coordinated national and European policies for defence and development.

The benefits may be measured in additional GDP generated or a more rational use of public resources. The analysis so far suggests that the European economy could be boosted by some 800 billion euro - or six per cent of current GDP - by such measures over time.

The study is intended as a contribution to the growing discussion about the European Union’s policy priorities for the coming five-year institutional cycle, from 2014 to 2019.

One may like to know that a longer list of more detailed studies in this general field - in the form of 'European Added Value Assessments' (for EP legislative initiative reports), 'Cost of Non-Europe Reports' on specific policy sectors (such as development policy, energy policy, and security and defence policy) and 'European Added Value in Action' fiches (on the benefits of existing EU policies) - may also be found on the Think Tank page of the Parliament's website, at:

European Added Value Unit publications

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