The future scope and impact of EU policies will largely depend on the shape of the next MFF¸ the details of which are now under discussion¸ on the basis of the European Commission’s proposals submitted in June. This conference would aim to explore how the Commission’s proposals resonate with other EU institutions and with the Member States. It would also promote a common reflection on the type of added value which the EU can provide and the way in which the Union’s policies should be funded in the future – taking account of the current and foreseeable state of public finances across Europe and potential synergies between national budgets and the EU’s own budget.
The first session¸ which will be open and broadcast to outside viewers¸ is entitled ‘The Big Issues in the Next MFF’. It will be devoted to identifying the key questions in the MFF process and to highlighting and assessing the specific impact of the EU budget on activities directly affecting EU citizens. It will represent a unique opportunity for a wide variety of actors – from our towns and regions¸ civic bodies¸ NGOs and businesses¸ as well as independent analysts – to engage in a genuine dialogue with representatives of the European Parliament¸ the Council and the European Commission and of Europe’s national parliaments¸ on the substance and the details of the next financial framework.