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The EU Budget for 2014-2020: Major Reform or Status Quo?

Thursday, 28 November, 2013 - 12:00 to Thursday, 28 November, 2013 - 14:30
Karel Van Miert
Conference Room Rome (Floor -1)
Institute for European Studies
Pleinlaan 5, 1050 Brussel
Institute for European Studies
Policy Forum

The Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel kindly invites you for a Policy Forum on "The EU Budget for 2014-2020: Major Reform or Status Quo?"

The format will be a lunch seminar with three speakers representing the three budgetary authorities of the European Union:

  • European Parliament: Mr. Ivailo Kalfin (Rapporteur for the MFF Regulation, S&D)
  • Council of the EU: Mrs. Agnieszka Bartol (Secretariat General)
  • European Commission: Mr. Patrizio Fiorilli (Spokesperson, Cabinet of Janusz Lewandowski - the Commissioner for Financial Programming and Budget)

The battle over the EU multiannual budget seems to have no end. The initial political agreement reached in June and the Parliament’s Resolution adopted in July did not bring the positions of the negotiating institutions close enough to announce a deal. After the summer break, the dispute between the Parliament and the Council flared up yet again.

The very difficult conditions to reach an agreement became even more complicated with the inclusion of outstanding payments from the 2013 budget and agreement on the annual budget for 2014 to the list of negotiated issues. Due to the ongoing dispute, the adoption of the Multiannual Financial Framework has been postponed to the very last moment, which in turn will delay the adoption of the sector-specific legislative package. It is almost certain that the start of implementation of the projects scheduled for the new financial period will be delayed to mid-2014 or even the beginning of 2015.

The intention of the Policy Forum organisers is to discuss these issues with the representatives of the three negotiating institutions.

In particular the speakers will be asked to give their answers to the following questions:

  • Why did the negotiations take so long?
  • How powerful were the institutions in the consent procedure?
  • What has been achieved during the negotiation process?
  • To what extent has the EU budget changed?
    • Size and priorities, duration, flexibility, own resources system, instruments in support of better spending
  • Which aspects of the budget should be reformed in the future?
  • Does the multifinancial planning structure facilitate reaching agreements on the annual budgets?

Registration & Venue

The policy forum starts at 12:00 with a lunch reception and will be followed by the discussion at 12:30. Participation is free of charge and open to all but due to space limitations, registration is mandatory. Please register here!


Institute for European Studies
Karel Van Miert Building
Conference Rooms Rome (Floor -1)
Pleinlaan 5
1050 Brussels


Dr. Magdalena Sapala
Postdoctoral Researcher
Institute for European Studies

Ms. Jacintha Liem (Logistics)
Events Manager
Institute for European Studies