EU taxes and how they can increase citizens support for the European Union

19th May 2021 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Conversations for the Future of Europe
In the fourth and final instalment of the Conversations for the Future of Europe series, Brigid Laffan will introduce speakers Miguel Maduro, Mattias Kumm and Jakob Kapeller as they discuss to which extent should the EU be funded by its own genuine resources (‘EU taxes’) or continue to be funded mostly by transfers from national budgets.
The new economic and recovery package of the European Union has brought with it a renewed discussion on the EU own resources. To which extent should the Union be funded by genuine own resources (‘EU taxes’) or continue to be funded mostly by transfers from national budgets? How would this impact on the legitimacy of the EU and the support of EU citizens for the Union’s budget and actions? And if indeed the Union should change how it funds itself what criteria should be used to define where to introduce new own resources? These are some of the questions to be discussed in this session.

Speaker: Miguel Maduro
Discussants: Jakob Kepeller & Mattias Kumm



Conversations for the Future of Europe feature one speaker and two discussants and will take place on Zoom.

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Conversations for the Future of Europe 2021

To guide the steps of the European Union and to mobilize its citizens so as tomake such steps possible, it is not enough to analyse the past and criticize the present. It is crucial to concoct concrete proposals for a better future and to subject them to a no-nonsense, multidisciplinary discussion. The conversations for the future of Europe aim to contribute to such a discussion. 

A concern for concreteness and political feasibility should be present throughout, the aim being, as in Robert Schuman’s 1950 declaration, “des réalisations concrètes” rather than vague dreams. However, this should not prevent us from bearing in mind Max Weber’s warning at the end of 

Politik als Beruf : Certainly all historical experience confirms the truth that man would not have attained the possible unless time and again he had reached out for the impossible. A concern for feasibility is compatible with boldness. Indeed, it may require it.