The budget review has sparked some fresh and good debate on the future of the EU’s budget. A couple of blogs have been opened recently to contribute to this debate and they are probably the best place to gather information over what is going on. Here comes an overview:
LowCarbonBudget.eu by the UK’s Green Alliance. Focuses on the ‘green’ side of the budget but has very competent staff behind and also up-to-date information on general developments.
Budget in Perspective by the German Foreign Ministry. This blog is curently in beta status and will present contributions from known experts, academics and obviously some German officials. It has a useful press overview(that hopefully continue to be posted weekly).
Follow the Money by transparency activists ‘EU Transparency’. This blog is not much frequented recently but has until then covered analysis in the field of EU budget transparency.
The following blogs cover primarily specific EU policies but with a focus on their budgetary implications.
CAP Reform by a number of NGO and Think tank CAP experts from and around Brussels. Probably the leading commentary on progressive CAP reform.
Farmsubsidy.org is probably the oldest and most established blog on transparency in the agricultural (CAP) budget. It still holds up-to-date CAP beneficiary data and a few blog comments dating back to earlier this year. Its main driver is contributing with comments at the CAP Reform blog and these two are somehow related (as is Follow the Money).
Fishsubsidy.org is the CFP (fisheries policy) equivalent to Farmsubsidy and brings transparency into the fisheries budget by publishing its beneficiaries. However, it also offers some CFP-specific analysis.
Standard and official sources
The Commission‘s budget website is obviously a useful source for standard information but is no space of debate. However, it now offers some rather technical but useful tracker of current developments right on the homepage (as linked above). The website of the Budget Review still offers some interesting background information and the comments of around 300 actors on the future of the EU budget.
Unfortunately, I am not aware of any news website that pays particular attention to the EU budget. The best way to follow what is going is probably through these blogs. I am also trying to use #EUbudget in Twitter when I post news or comments on the EU budget. Others like LowCarbonBudget or CEEBankwatch seem to do the same.