12 July 2012
Spain’s Balancing Act
Net Contributor or Net Beneficiary of the EU Budget
This paper addresses Spain’s need to balance several interests in the negotiation of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2014-2020, arguing that this will require a flexible position combined with some firm principles. Furthermore, because of its likely new role as a net contributor, Spain’s general position in the negotiation will be based on the objective of achieving an agreement on the revenue system in parallel to discussions on EU expenditure, and it should try to leave all options on the table.
© 2012 Elcano Royal Institute of International and Strategic Studies
Mario Kölling, Cristina Serrano Leal