Join us for the fourth edition of the high-level conference on the European budget. The aim of this series of events is to discuss with the stakeholders – EU institutions, governments, academics and civil society – how the EU budget should be shaped to maximise EU added value.

This year’s conference takes place at a crucial moment in time. In May, the Commission unveiled its package of proposals for the next long-term EU budget covering the period 2021-2027. The presentation of the package was followed over the summer by intensive technical deliberations by the Council and the European Parliament.

Building on a deeper understanding of the issues at stake, now is the right time to engage once again with the stakeholders and the broader public to gather feedback and to debate the strategic choices and policy decisions that shape a modern, fair and balanced EU budget for the future.

The discussions will be organised in three panels, each with a different perspective on the next long-term budget. Panel 1 will kick off the conference focusing on the new priorities of the European Union in the coming years, and on the funding necessary at the EU level to support them. Panel 2 will debate long-standing, traditional EU policies and the modernised approach to their implementation.The conference will close with a high-level political discussion on the main elements of the future long-term EU budget taking into account and looking forward to the negotiations. Finally, two expert sessions will be held during the lunch break to tackle two specific policies in more detail: the digital and the research sectors.

Practical information

Friday 12 October 2018, 9.30 - 17.30 (CEST)
Charlemagne Building, Gasperi Hall
Rue de la Loi 170
1000 Brussels



  • 08.30 - 09.30 (Europe/Brussels)


  • 09.30 - 09.40


    Günther H. Oettinger
    Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources

  • 09.40 - 10.00


    Jean-Claude Juncker
    President of the European Commission

  • 10.00 - 11.20
    Panel I

    The priorities for the new EU budget

    Keynote speech by Helle Thorning-Schmidt
    CEO Save the Children, former Prime Minister of Denmark


  • 11.20 - 11.40

    Coffee break

  • 11.40 - 13.00
    Panel II

    A modern approach to traditional EU policies

    Keynote speech by a Member of the European Commission


  • 13.00 - 15.00

    Lunch break

    Option to attend parallel sessions

  • 13.30 - 14.30
    Parallel session I

    Digital revolution – not only about technology but also about people


    Khalil Rouhana
    Deputy Director-General, DG for Communications Networks, Content and Technology

    • Dirk Pilat
      Deputy Director for Science, Technology and Innovation of the OECD
    • Representative of the EU High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence
  • 13.30 - 14.30
    Parallel session II

    Turning ideas into products – bridging the gap between research and industry


    Kurt Vandenberghe
    Director for Policy development and coordination, DG RTD

    • Representative of the academic world
    • Representative of the EU High Level Group of Innovators
  • 15.00 - 16.20
    Panel III

    Political discussion on the future of the EU budget

    Keynote speech by Günther H. Oettinger
    Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources


  • 16.50 - 17.10

    Closing remarks by the European Commission

    Gert Jan Koopman
    Director-General, DG Budget