Conference on the EU Financial Framework 2014-2020
Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič today delivered the closing speech (see video) at a high-level conference in Brussels on the EU's next multiannual financial framework. The conference, organised by the European Commission, the Polish Presidency, and the European Parliament, aimed to explore how the Commission's proposals resonate with other EU institutions and with the Member States. It also promoted 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. Other speakers included Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, and former Belgian Prime Minister and now MEP Guy Verhofstadt.
Vice-President Šefčovič reiterated his firm desire to widen the discussion of the next multiannual financial framework as much as possible. He said this meant the full participation of citizens and their representatives at both national and European level, and the involvement of all of the European Union's institutions. He went on to say that the decisions the EU takes in the coming months about the size of the budget and the way it is allocated will shape the Union for many years to come. Finally, he called for a 'partnership for progress', in which growth-enhancing investment at national and EU level is used to drive Europe's economies forward.