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Lecture | Lecture | EU Seminar Series

The budget of the European Union: what for ? A focus on European public goods

  • Andrea Mairate
Friday 8 February 2019
European Union Seminar Series
Korte Vijverberg 5/6
2513 AB The Hague


The EU budget reflects the medium-term priorities of the European Union in terms of programmes and instruments, for instance the development of trans-European infrastructure networks. As any government, it performs traditional functions of redistribution, allocation and to a lesser extent stabilisation. The proposed Multi-annual Financial Framework for 2021-2027 is based on a number of principles such as EU added value, innovative financing, policy coherence, flexibility and simplification. It raises fundamental questions regarding inter alia the nature of EU public goods, subsidiarity and proportionality. 


Dr Andrea Mairate studied Economics in Grenoble, Turin and Paris where he got a PhD in 1987. After qualification, he started an academic career as lecturer and researcher in applied economics in Paris. In 1989, he worked in Rome as research director in Fondazione Censis, an Italian research centre. In 1994, he joined the European Commission in the area of regional policy and held managerial posts in evaluation, economic analysis and policy coordination. He is currently in charge of EU policies in the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs at the European Commission. 

During his professional activity, he held several academic positions as associate professor in Padua, Milan (Bocconi University) and currently in the Institute of European Studies (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) where he carries out research and teaching activities on European Integration and regional development. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Department of Economics at the University of Venice.

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