Top European economy and finance policy-makers will gather in Brussels tomorrow – 22 September – to discuss how EU money is to be spent most efficiently and deliver more in terms of growth, competitiveness and job creation.
The one-day conference “EU Budget focused on results” will bring together European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Vice-Presidents Kristalina Georgieva and Maroš Šefčovič, representatives of European and national institutions, international organisations and experts with the aim to foster dialogue and pave the way for concrete actions.
The list of high profile speakers includes Wolfgang Schäuble, Germany’s Federal Minister of Finance, Rachel Kyte, World Bank Group’s Vice President and special envoy for climate change, Duarte Rodrigues, board member of the Portuguese Cohesion and Development Agency and Chair of the OECD working party on territorial indicators, and Kevin Cardiff, member of the European Court of Auditors.
The main objective of the event is to exchange views and opinions on topics which, following the financial crisis and the tight scrutiny of public expenditure, are of crucial importance to the EU. The conference will discuss where and how money is spent, and how to make the best possible use of every Euro in the EU Budget.
It will be an interactive event where all participants and citizens will be invited to ask questions, share comments and make suggestions through different online platforms. The three panel sessions will focus on the performance oriented budgeting, the key features of the EU budget’s performance and how to further increase the value added by the EU Budget within and beyond the 2014-2020 multiannual financial framework. EU budget implications for agriculture, regional policy, employment and R&D will be discussed from a Commission and national perspective. Climate change will be another policy highlight.