High level conference on the EU Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020: first plenary session with the participation of Janusz Lewandowski
On 20 October 2011, Janusz Lewandowski, Member of the EC in charge of Budget and Financial Programming, participated in the first plenary session of the High level conference on the EU Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020. Among participants, there were also Jutta Haug, Member of the EP, Enikő Győri, Hungarian Minister of State for European Affairs, and Paulo Mota Pinto, Member of the Portuguese Parliament.
The future scope and impact of EU policies will largely depend on the shape of the next Multiannual Financial Framework, the details of which are now under discussion, on the basis of the European Commission's proposals submitted in June 2011. This conference would aim to explore how the Commission's proposals resonate with other EU institutions and with the Member States. It would also promote a common reflection on the type of added value which the EU can provide and the way in which the Union's policies should be funded in the future - taking account of the current and foreseeable state of public finances across Europe and potential synergies between national budgets and the EU's own budget.