There should be reforms as well as cuts
Identifying changes that might improve the EU's business.
Appeared in print on 22.11.2012
When the leaders of national governments get together to argue over the European Union’s budget, they put their national interests to the fore. That is wholly to be expected, but it means that the EU’s own workforce is short of friends round the negotiating table. The EU officials work for every member state and so belong to no one. So, during the negotiations on EU spending in 2014-20, national governments will demand cuts to the EU institutions’ own administrative expenditure – principally on staff and their buildings.