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.