The European Parliament in the Budgetary Process

  • Adrienne HéritierEmail author
  • Katharina L. Meissner
  • Catherine Moury
  • Magnus G. Schoeller
Part of the European Administrative Governance book series (EAGOV)


This chapter analyses the EP’s success and failure in empowering itself in the budgetary process. The EP’s prerogatives in the budgetary process have increased significantly since the creation of the European Economic Community. However, this empowerment has been mostly informal and irregular: treaty provisions kept intact for more than thirty years, and even today the EP has no say in revenues. Covering positive and negative cases in the budgetary process in this chapter, we assess the extent to which bargaining strategies have helped the EP to gain powers in this area of EU decision-making. The analysis of the budgetary process shows that, during the first decade of the European Economic Community, the member states’ concerns to ‘compensate’ for the national parliaments’ lack of control over the new direct expenditures had been the driver of EP empowerment in the budgetary process. Once the EP obtained leverage to strategically use a delaying, sanctioning or arena-linking strategy, it successfully did so to obtain more formal competences in the procedure.


Budget European Parliament Empowerment Expenditure Revenues 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adrienne Héritier
    • 1
    Email author
  • Katharina L. Meissner
    • 2
  • Catherine Moury
    • 3
  • Magnus G. Schoeller
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Political and Social Sciences and Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced StudiesEuropean University InstituteSan Domenico di Fiesole, FlorenceItaly
  2. 2.Centre for European Integration Research, IPWUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria
  3. 3.Universidade Nova de LisboaLisbonPortugal
  4. 4.Centre for European Integration Research, IPWUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

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