In early 2018, the European Commission is set to open EU budget negotiations with its own proposal for how the budget should look after 2020. During coalition negotiations in Germany, the CDU, CSU and SPD agreed on plans to increase Germany’s payments to the EU. EU Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources, Günther Oettinger, has already announced that the EU’s budget proposal will also include ideas for new sources of revenue. The EU budget and potential savings will be the focus of today’s Lunch Debate, which is part of a regular discussion series hosted in Brussels by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim. On the subject of EU budget reforms, Professor Friedrich Heinemann, head of the Research Department “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” at ZEW, offers his view.