Who will pay for it – for the upcoming debates maybe most important – how
will contributions to and receipts from the EU budget be distributed among
members in the post-2020 budgetary framework? How will the abolishment
of the UK rebate and all “rebates on the rebate” affect EU27 countries’
share in budget contributions? How will cost cuts, merger of programs and
reprioritisation change member states’ (relative) net position in the EU’s
Should cost cuts on existing programs be evenly
distributed or mainly be borne by the bloc’s most wealthy countries?
— Zero-sum game or added value for all – will the perception in European
capitals on EU budget negotiations broadly remain one of a “zero-sum
game” – where one member’s gain is another one’s loss? Or will the
Commission succeed in promoting its priorities of a “modernized” EU
budget that focuses on maximizing “European added value” that goes
beyond each member’s net contribution?