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EU Budget Focused on Results

Conference Programme

Here you can check our high-level speakers and the issues discussed during this first annual conference. It was attended by policy-makers, experts and academics from more than 40 countries – many of them took part in the discussions, asked questions, expressed their points of view.



  • 09:00 – 10:00
  • 10:00 – 10:30
    Keynote address by Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva, Budget and Human Resources
  • 10:30 – 11:30
    Performance in the Public Sector: Theory and Practice
    • Presentation of performance-based budgeting fundamentals
    • Panel discussion on the performance budgeting approach of the EU Budget compared to international best practices and academic research
    • Moderator: Ann Mettler, Head of the European Political Strategy Centre
  • 11:30 – 11:45
  • 11:45 – 12:30
    Focus on Policy: EU Budget in Climate Action
    • Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, Energy Union and Rachel Kyte, Vice President and Special Envoy, Climate Change Group exchange views on tackling climate change with public budgets from the perspective of the European Commission and the World Bank
    • Moderator: Nadia Calviño, Director-General of DG Budget
  • 12:30 – 14:30
  • 14:30 – 15:30
    Key Features of the EU Budget's Performance
    • Presentation on key performance features in the EU Budget's Multi-Annual Financial Framework 2014-2020
    • Panel discussion on budgetary and programme performance practices at EU, national and regional levels (examples of employment, agriculture and cohesion)
    • Moderator: Commissioner Marianne Thyssen, Employment and Social Affairs     
  • 15:30 – 15:45
  • 15:45 – 16:00
    Keynote address by President Jean-Claude Juncker, European Commission
  • 16:00 – 17:30
    Outlook: an EU Budget Focused on Results
    • Keynote address by Dr Wolfgang Schäuble, Federal Minister of Finance, Germany
    • Panel discussion on the possibilities for further improvements in the performance and added value of the EU budget and their relevance for the current and future Multiannual Financial Frameworks
    • Moderator:  Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva, Budget and Human Resources