MacDougall Report

MacDougall Report in Europe

Description of MacDougall Report

The Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union describes macdougall report in the following terms: [1] The 1977 MacDougall Report, named after its chairman, an economic adviser to the CBI, was produced at the request of the Commission. It studied public finance in the context of the EEC’s move towards greater integration, concluding that the Community should be spending 2-2.5% of member states’ total GDP in a pre-federal stage; 5-7% in a federal small-public-sector stage; and up to 25% in a federal large-public-sector stage (see more in this European encyclopedia). The EU currently spends some 1.2% of the aggregate GDP of its members. Thus the MacDougall Report recommended something between a doubling and a 20-fold increase in Community spending, depending on the degree of Europe’s federal ambition.

Although MacDougall’s budgetary conclusions, which were aimed at redistribution and economic adjustment, have been conveniently shelved, they had an uncomfortable logic; and both the structural funds and the concept of convergence owe much to his report.

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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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