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The future of EU budget support: Political conditions, differentiation and coordination

May 2012

Faust, J., Koch, S,. Molenaers, N., Tavakoli, H., Vanheukelom, J. 2012. The future of EU budget support: Political conditions, differentiation and coordination. London: ODI.

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The EC’s new approach to budget support has been largely driven by the dissatisfaction of members states, who consider that the EU’s policy has been too insensitive to political issues. Although there are a number of good reasons why donors should not turn a blind eye to governance issues, tying budget support more strictly to the political conditions in a recipient county is not without its pitfalls. It is unclear whether this attempt to protect some of the positive attributes of budget support will in fact be its downfall.

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Economic Transformation and TradeEuropean external affairsBudget support

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Jörg Faust

Svea Koch

Nadia Molenaers