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Sedan budgetplanen för 2007–2013 trädde i kraft för tio år sedan har EU:s budget genomgått stora förändringar. 2009 trädde fördraget om Europeiska unionens funktionssätt (EUF-fördraget), som antogs i Lissabon, i kraft. Detta innebar en betydande förändring av EU-institutionernas befogenheter. Den globala finanskrisen, som bröt ut 2008 och följdes av den specifika krisen i euroområdet, förde med sig krav på åtstramningar i EU:s medlemsstater och satte press på EU:s budget. Detta briefingdokument ger ...

The collective pledge made by the European Union and its Member States in 2005 to provide Official Development Assistance (ODA) equivalent to 0.7 per cent of Gross National Income (GNI) by 2015 has not been upheld. Although the European Council has reiterated this commitment on an annual basis since 2010, collective European Union ODA (European Union institutions and Member States) only reached an ODA/GNI ratio of 0.42 per cent by the end of 2014.

Although enjoying the highest possible standard of health is a human right, millions of people suffer from preventable and curable diseases. The Millennium Development Goals strongly emphasised health, leading to increased investment in the health sector. Major progress has been made in reducing child and maternal mortality, and in combatting communicable diseases, but several regions will not meet the health targets. The Ebola outbreak has drawn attention to the need for international cooperation ...

This report reviews the various ways in which the Member States of the European Union handle the collection of revenues for the EU budget, as well as the classification and treatment of EU expenditures. The study finds a substantial diversity in these practices among the Member States and calls for a full harmonisation of the accounting procedures. It concludes with some options for transforming the Gross National Income resource into a ‘genuine’ resource for the EU and assesses the potential of ...

Own resources of the European Union

Kort sammanfattning 10-04-2014

The "own resources system" ensures the financing of EU's policies. While the European Council of February 2013 agreed only marginal changes to its current configuration, a newly established high-level group chaired by Mario Monti may possibly pave the way to deeper reforms.