Annual Budget Conference 2021 - Visual

In 2020, the EU agreed a €2.0 trillion economic response to support the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and build a greener, more digital and more resilient future. At the heart of it is the EU budget. To finance part of this response – the NextGenerationEU recovery instrument of some €800 billion – the European Commission, on behalf of the EU, will borrow on the capital markets.

Fast forward to 2021, the EU first borrowing transactions are already a reality. The funds under the 2021-2027 long-term budget and NextGenerationEU are starting to flow to the EU countries, regions, municipalities and companies, helping make Europe’s economy better fit for the future. New own resources for the EU budget will be proposed in 2021.

The new responsibilities of the EU budget are raising major questions about its changing role today and in the future.

To take stock of the ongoing reflection and shape the future debate, the European Commission is hosting the conference "The EU budget and NextGenerationEU: fireworks or big bang?". The event will take place on 8 November 2021. It will bring together policy-makers, research organisations, capital market participants and citizens in a lively online discussion on:

  • How fit is the EU budget to address the challenges ahead of the EU?
  • NextGenerationEU as a game changer on the capital markets – making it happen.
  • New revenue to the EU budget – why does it matter?
  • Bringing policy ambition at the heart of the EU budget – how to make the green and digital transitions happen?

Interested to join the debate and have your say about the changing role of the EU budget?

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The Annual EU Budget Conference is part of a broader initiative, the Conference on the Future of Europe, which enables people from across Europe to share their ideas and help shape our common future.


  • 09:50 - 10:00

    Welcome remarks

  • 10:00 - 10:15

    Keynote address: The EU Budget at the centre of policy delivery

  • 10:15 - 11:15

    The EU as an issuer: challenges and opportunities

  • 11:30 - 12:30

    New Own Resources empowering the EU budget

  • 12:30 - 14:30

    Lunch Break

  • 14:30 - 14:40

    TED-style talk: “An EU budget for growth”

  • 14:40 - 15:40

    The evolving nature of the EU budget

  • 15:40 - 15:50

    Annual Budget Conference closing remarks

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Confirmed speakers

  • Ursula von der Leyen, President, European Commission
  • Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
  • Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Budget and Administration, European Commission
  • Johan Van Overtveldt, Member of the European Parliament - Chair of the Committee on Budget
  • Nadia Calviño, Vice-President and Minister for Economy and Digitalisation, Spain
  • Clément Beaune, Minister of State for European Affairs, France
  • Christian Sewing, CEO of Deutsche Bank
  • Gert Jan Koopman, Director-General for Budget, European Commission
  • Clemens Fuest, President of the Institute for Economic Research and Director of the Center for Economic Studies University of Munich
  • Sam Fleming, Brussels Bureau Chief, Financial Times
  • Cinzia Alcidi, Director of Research, Centre for European Policy Studies
  • Rebecca Christie, Bruegel Fellow
  • Philippe Lamberts, Member of the European Parliament, Greens/EFA Co-President
  • Jon Blöndal, Head of Budgeting and Public Management, OECD
  • Diana Ürge-Vorsatz, Vice Chair of Working Group III (Mitigation) of IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)
  • Clara De La Torre, Deputy Director-General for Climate Action, European Commission
  • Ester Asin Martinez, Director, WWF European Policy Office
  • Sylvain Broyer, S&P Chief Economist, EMEA
  • Beatriz Rios, Journalist


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Practical information

Monday 8 November 2021, 9.50 - 16.00 (CET)