High level European Commission conference on the next multiannual financial framework


Budget and Human Resources Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger launched a high-level conference on ‘Shaping Our Future – Designing the Next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF)’, which is hosted by the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC), on 8 and 9 January.

The conferences were attended by senior EU representatives, including European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Vice-President of the Commission responsible for jobs, growth, investment and competitiveness Jyrki Katainen and Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţa.

In his opening address, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: "Budgets are not bookkeeping exercises - they are about priorities and ambition. So let’s first discuss about the Europe we want. […] I am against the old debate between so-called net recipients versus net payers to the EU budget - because when it comes to the EU, we are all net recipients".

The EU is expected to play a bigger role in new policy areas like migration, internal and external security or defence. And Europe should also preserve its leading role on the global stage, as a major humanitarian and development aid donor and as a leader of the fight against climate change. That must be achieved with an EU budget that will only get smaller following the departure of the United Kingdom.


Through the County Development Agency over the past three and a half years a number of projects have been realized or initiated for which more than 7 million Euros have been provided by the EU

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