With the 2014 – 2020 EU budget agreed, the EU will pass a number of legal documents, including an inter- institutional agreement over how the budget will be spent. This will also include more in-depth analysis on EU’s own resources.
Will the main EU 2020 strategic goals be properly funded? What about energy, infrastructure and social challenges?
How will the breakdown of funds within broader sectors be decided? Will this process be transparent?
What are the most innovative ways of financing projects?
How can the financing process be optimised? What mechanisms are in place to ensure there is no misuse of funds or wastage?
Are the lines of accountability for the EU’s spending clear? Will we see a ‘blame-game’ if funds are misused? Is there a need to boost scrutiny of legislative performance?