Compulsory Expenditure

Compulsory Expenditure in Europe

Description of Compulsory expenditure

The Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union describes compulsory expenditure in the following terms: [1] Compulsory expenditure is the term for that part of the EU budget (mainly CAPexpenditure) which arises directly from the fulfilment of Community obligations. The European Parliament has little say in this category of spending, which is decided by the Council of Ministers. The Parliament can, however, amend the non-compulsory section of the budget within strict financial limits, subject, in case of disagreement, to conciliation with the Council. From time to time Parliament and the Council argue over the classification of items, which is not clearly defined.

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Notas y References

  1. Based on the book “A Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union from Aachen to Zollverein”, by Rodney Leach (Profile Books; London)

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