The European Integration Fund: Principles, Decision-Making and Output

  • Pierre Georges Van Wolleghem
Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics book series (PSEUP)


Whilst the end of Chapter  3 starts the analysis of the European Integration Fund’s policy cycle with a focus on policy formulation, this chapter goes through the successive steps that led to the adoption of the fund. Using process tracing, it shows that the absence of a sound competence at EU level and the permanence of unanimity voting in the Council resulted in the creation of a fund that would grant great discretion to member states as to its spending. In other words, the decision making process emptied the fund of its most constraining clauses. By looking at the most disputed provision, this chapter also shows that most of the debate on the adoption of the fund revolved around the henceforth classic “who-gets-what” question.


Unanimity Vote in the council Bargaining Target group Distribution key Principle of additionality Principle of partnership European Integration Fund 


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  • Pierre Georges Van Wolleghem
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  1. 1.Fondazione ISMU and University of MilanMilanItaly

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