Shaping Our Future: Designing the Next Multiannual Financial Framework

Charlemagne Building, Brussels
8 January 2018 to 9 January 2018

Shaping Our Future
Designing the Next Multiannual Financial Framework

8-9 January 2018


In his State of the Union speech on 13 September 2017, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, laid out his roadmap towards the European Summit in May 2019. He underlined that the European Union needs a budget that matches its ambitions and meets future challenges. The Reflection Paper on the Future of EU Finances has fostered a debate on the EU´s budgetary needs to sustain Europe’s prosperity and security. The task is now to look into policy options and to prepare decisions.

The European Political Strategy Centre, the European Commission’s in‑house think tank, convened this conference to feed into the preparation of the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). The sessions were interactive and participatory. Participation in the event was by invitation only; a live web stream of the sessions was provided publicly.


Welcoming remarks

Ann METTLER, Head, European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission

Opening address

Jean-Claude JUNCKER, President of the European Commission

A Budget Matching our Ambitions

Günther OETTINGER, Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources

Transcript of the speech

Opening address

Sigmar GABRIEL, German Federal Vice-Chancellor and German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs

A Budget for the EU27

What are the new parameters for the forthcoming MFF negotiations? What are the principal differences on the revenues and the expenditure side of the budget as compared to the current MFF?

Scene-setter: Jean PISANI-FERRY, Professor of Political Sciences, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin

  • Mário CENTENO, Minister of Finance, Portugal, future Eurogroup President
  • Pier Carlo PADOAN, Minister for Economy and Finance, Italy
  • Nathalie LOISEAU, Minister for European Affairs, France
  • Gernot Blümel, Federal Minister for the EU, Arts, Culture and Media, Austria
  • Jyrki KATAINEN, Vice-President of the European Commission for of Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness

Moderator: Ann METTLER, Head, European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission

Squaring the Circle – How Does the Post 2020-MFF Need to Differ

What should be the principles for deciding on the nature and volume of spending from the EU budget? How should the revenue side of the budget be catered for?

Scene-setter and Moderator Lars P. FELD, Professor of Economic Policy, University of Freiburg, Germany

  • Lilyana PAVLOVA, Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council, Bulgaria
  • János LAZAR, Minister of Prime Minister’s Offi ce, Hungary
  • Jean ARTHUIS, MEP, Chair, Committee on Budget, European Parliament
  • Konrad SZYMANSKI, Secretary of State for European Aff airs, Poland
  • Mario MONTI, Chair, High-Level Group on Own Resources and former Prime Minister of Italy

1st Day Closing remarks: Structural Policy under the New MFF

Corina CREŢU, Commissioner for of Regional Policy

EU Added Value: How to define the underlying principle of EU funding

Presentation of a study by Friedrich HEINEMANN, Professor of Economics, Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) Mannheim, Germany

The Next Steps Towards the Commission Proposal

Günther OETTINGER, Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources