Negotiations on an upcoming Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) are proving to be more difficult than ever. There is a clear argument that policy areas which actually provide European added value like defense or immigration need more resources. At the same time, the loss of a substantial net payer with the exit of the United Kingdom will further tighten budget constraints. Against this backdrop, a new study conducted by the Bertelsmann Stiftung and ZEW has explored new ways of dividing the responsibilities for various policy areas between the Union and the Member States which would have substantial implications for the structure of the budget. The study identifies policy areas for which there is a clear case both for and against additional European financing.
In this Lunch Debate, we will present key insights on how the framework of responsibilities within the EU may look like in the future. We will discuss how the budget should be adjusted to meet the emerging challenges facing Europe and also shed light on potential sources of political resistance to these plans.
Aart De Geus is chairman and CEO of the Bertelsmann Stiftung, where he oversees projects relating to European integration, the future of democracy, and sustainable economies. In 2007, he was named deputy secretary-general of the OECD. From 2002 to 2007 he served as Dutch minister of social affairs and employment.
Günther Oettinger is European Commissioner for Budget & Human Resources. He previously held the positions of EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society and EU Commissioner for Energy. From 2005 to 2010 he was minister-president of Baden-Württemberg.
Stefan Lehner is the director of DG Budget’s “Own Resources, Evaluation and Financial Programming” unit.He joined the European Commission in 1985, where he has since, among other positions, headed the Cabinet of Budget Commissioner Michaele Schreyer (Prodi Commission). Lehner has a graduate degree in economics.
Petri Sarvamaa is the first vice-chair of the European Parliament Committee on Budgets as well as the EPP coordinator in the Committee on Budgetary Control. He is also chair of the Kokoomus (Finnish National Coalition Party) agriculture delegation.
Silke Wettach is an EU correspondent for the German weekly business magazine „Wirtschaftswoche“. She has received numerous accolades for her work as a journalist, including the Ludwig Erhard Stiftung’s award for young journalists and a grant from the U.S. State Department. She holds a master’s degree in economics.
Participation is by personal invitation only. If you are interested in attending the event, please contact LunchDebates@zew.de.
The EU Budget: How Europe Can Deliver
24.01.2018 | 12:00 - 14:15
Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the European Union
Rue Belliard 60 - 62 1000 Bruxelles