Bertelsmann Stiftung have released their latest report ”How Europe can deliver. Optimising the division of competences among the EU and its member states”. 

Written at a time where there are growing concerns surrounding the performance of the European Union, this study aims to provide guidance for a better performing EU through an improved allocation of competences between the European Union and its member states.  Highlighting that areas with higher levels of integration leads to better provision of public goods and, hopefully, therefore, greater acceptance among European citizens resulting in better performance in each member state. 

The case studies presented cover eight specific policies from a wide range of fields, reflecting a chosen assignment, and relating to a competency at a European level or a National level. Through this study it indicates whether it would be more advantageous to address them on different levels. One example being that it would be preferable to have responsibility for higher education and providing farmers with income support at the national level. On the other hand, shifting responsibility and competencies  of asylum policies, defence, corporate taxation and development aid would be more suitable on a European level. 

Results have resounding implications for the structure of the EU budget and the Multiannual Financial Framework and taking the current political landscape into consideration, negotiations will be crucial in aligning Europe’s position. 

In conclusion, the study puts forward a framework for a new integration strategy recommending new European level policies in certain areas and a retraction of EU involvement in other fields allowing for more responsibility on a national level. 

More more information please download the report here