Non-Obligatory Expenditure

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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In particular, any proposals to redirect funds to the Balkans or to change the budget for MEDA would be subject to ultimate approval by the European Parliament (because the relevant budgetary lines are classed as non-obligatory expenditure)".
(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).

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