Non-Obligatory Expenditure

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Non-Obligatory Expenditure

A government outlay that the European Parliament is not required to make in order to fulfill its responsibilities as a body of the European Union. For example, payroll for EU employees is non-obligatory because it is not mentioned in any of the treaties. However, agricultural subsidies are considered an obligatory expenditure. Changes to non-obligatory expenditures require a majority vote of the members of Parliament in attendance. However, the difference between obligatory and non-obligatory expenditures is sometimes difficult to determine.
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12) Most importantly the Parliament got the "last say" with respect to the non-obligatory expenditures (especially for structural funds, administrative matters and research).
272 TEC the European Parliament has currently the last word in non-obligatory expenditures (especially structural fund money and administrative expenditures) and can turn down the budget as a whole.
13) The Parliament became able to finalize changes of the budget with respect to the non-obligatory expenditures with 60 percent of the vote cast (and 50 percent of its members).
14) Altogether non-obligatory expenditures accounted for 8.

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