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Converging views on key elements of the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020 as a result of a high-level conference in Brussels

Brussels, 21 October 2011 - The two-day high-level conference on the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020, bringing together national parliamentarians, ministers and other stakeholders with representatives of the EU institutions, concluded with a convergence of views on many key issues, while showing the need to continue a broad dialogue on the basis of the Commission's proposals.

Participants stressed that such an event represented a unique opportunity to have a debate with all key players on such an important issue as future EU budgets.

A convergence of views emerged in many essentials aspects:

  • the need to maximise added-value through a clear link between the budget and a clear political strategy, our Europe 2020 strategy;

  • the need to focus on what is best done at European-level, for example the single market, investment in infrastructure and research etc.

  • the need to go further in simplification of how the budget is spent, of making the life of users more simple, whilst acknowledging that this is a shared responsibility between the European and the national level.

  • the need to have a more flexible budget and to focus on quality of spending.

  • the need to keep an open mind when discussing the issue of resources, and to strive to have a more transparent way of financing the EU, one which would end the discussions around net beneficiaries and contributors;

  • finally, the need to continue this dialogue, and in particular the need to involve national parliaments further.

Towards the end of the conference, the future Danish presidency of the EU announced its intention to organise a second such conference in the first half of 2012.


More than 400 representatives from national parliaments, governments, stakeholders and the EU institutions had the occasion to meet and discuss the Commission's proposal for a Multiannual Financial Framework for 2014-2020 tabled on 29 June 2011. Two plenary sessions were complemented by working sessions on spending priorities, the future of own resources and European added value. The event was co-organised by the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Polish Presidency of the Council. From Commission side, President Barroso and Vice President Šefčovič as well as Commissioners Lewandowski, Šemeta and Hahn participated in the event.

For more information:

Programme of the conference

Website of the conference

Videos of the conference on 20 and 21 October 2011:


Brochure "Basic Guide to the Multiannual Financial Framework" (available in all languages)

Press material, including on European added value

EU budget myths

Contacts :

Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen (+32 2 295 30 70)

Jens Mester (+32 2 296 39 73)

Antonio Gravili (+32 2 295 43 17)

Patrizio Fiorilli (+32 2 295 81 32)

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