History of budgetary powers in the EU. Part I: European Coal and Steel Community 1952-2002

13-04-2015

This study is the first part of a series which will analyse inter-institutional relations in the budgetary domain, with a particular focus on the evolution of the role of the European Parliament. The ECSC and its budget was a very interesting case with its specific features – autonomy of the executive, a fiscal mechanism, and the capacity to contract loans and lend money. Was this approach successful? Why were these mechanisms not replicated in the European Community? To what extent did the struggles of the Assembly of the ECSC influence the subsequent Treaties? Those are some of the questions that the study will try to answer. The study will also highlight how the ECSC was ahead of its time, as the solutions found for certain problems were, in some cases, similar to debates decades later. The various studies in the European Union History series are primarily based on documents preserved in, and made available to the public by, the Historical Archives of the European Parliament.

This study is the first part of a series which will analyse inter-institutional relations in the budgetary domain, with a particular focus on the evolution of the role of the European Parliament. The ECSC and its budget was a very interesting case with its specific features – autonomy of the executive, a fiscal mechanism, and the capacity to contract loans and lend money. Was this approach successful? Why were these mechanisms not replicated in the European Community? To what extent did the struggles of the Assembly of the ECSC influence the subsequent Treaties? Those are some of the questions that the study will try to answer. The study will also highlight how the ECSC was ahead of its time, as the solutions found for certain problems were, in some cases, similar to debates decades later. The various studies in the European Union History series are primarily based on documents preserved in, and made available to the public by, the Historical Archives of the European Parliament.