Re:connecting Europe is now even more important than ever: the upcoming Brexit negotiations, past and upcoming bailouts, the migration policy debate, and rising eurosceptic parties across its member states put the strength of the European Union to the test. In these debates, the budget and finances around the European Union are a heated topic. So now it is more important than ever to understand how EU money flows work.
The H2020 Project OpenBudgets.eu has developed a toolbox to research budgets and focused specifically on the EU. In the last 2.5 years, we have researched how the EU spends its money, by tracing almost 300 Billion in EU Funds to the project level with subsidystories.eu, we have run campaigns to create accountability on MEP allowances (https://transparency.eu/gea/) leading to the revelations on misallocation of funds http://www.ir-d.dk/2017/05/citizens-pay-for-eu-ghost-offices/, and we have developed a toolkit so that everyone can analyse public budgets for member states and the European Union.
The workshop will first explain the immensely complex and entangled EU Budget system and the money flows between member states and the EU. Showing examples from the OpenBudgets.eu research, EU Subsidy Open Data project and the MEP allowances and expenses lobby campaign. In the second interactive part of the workshop, we will do an analysis of the EU Budget together with the participants showing how the OBEU toolbox can help to understand money flows and to start digging into the EU Finances themselves.