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The EU Budget Review

16 Jun 2011
Adopted References: CESE 993/2011 - ECO/290 Referral - COM (2010) 700 final Rapporteur: Henri MALOSSE (Employers - GR I / France) Co-rapporteur: Gérard DANTIN (Workers - GR II / France) Plenary Session: 472 - 15 Jun 2011 - 16 Jun 2011 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ 2011/C 248/13

OPINION of the European Economic and Social Committee on the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee, the Committee of the Regions and the national parliaments: The EU Budget Review COM(2010) 700 final

Key points

The EESC:

  • suggests that the "juste retour" principle must be abandoned as it is contrary to the values of solidarity and mutual benefit which underpin European integration. Rather, the subsidiarity principle needs to be applied;
  • congratulates the European Commission on proposing a return to the principle of own resources which can be newly created or substituted for national taxes;
  • finds that the European budget must be strengthened and have a leverage effect. National and European budgets should complement each other in order to achieve economies of scale;
  • recommends more systematic recourse to EIB loans, public-private partnerships and the creation of Eurobonds for investment;
  • underlines that the only way to make a success of an ambitious budget is to win the battle of public opinion;
  • would like studies to be carried out and published on the cost of non-Europe, highlighting duplication in national budgets.