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EU Budget 2014-2020: a strategic investment tool?

26 November - 26 November 2013, Brussels, Belgium (DG BUDGET)


The European Journalism Centre, in cooperation with the European Commission’s DG Budget, invites 24 journalists from the EU28 to participate in a one-day high-level seminar discussing the hotly contested EU budget for 2014 to 2020. The event will take place in Brussels on 26 November 2013.

Over the last two years, the EU Parliament and the executive European Commission had been at odds with austerity-minded EU hardliners UK, Germany and the Netherlands, who early this year shot down plans to increase spending and instead pushed through a historic three-percent cut. After tough and lengthy negotiations, a compromise deal was reached in July 2013. The 960-billion-euro budget regulates what the bloc can spend on agricultural subsidies, infrastructure and measures to support employment.

The proposed multiannual financial framework for 2014-2020 (MFF) includes new initiatives to help young Europeans find jobs, to help small and medium enterprises gain access to badly needed investment funds. The MFF includes an important deal on flexibility which will allow making a maximum use of funds the level of which has been substantially reduced by the EU Member States as compared to the original Commission´s proposal.

The event is exclusively catered for specialist and expert journalists in the field of EU affairs.

The Director-General for Budget, Hervé Jouanjean, and the European Commissioner for Financial Programming and Budget, Janusz Lewandowski, will respectively make the opening and the closing of the programme.

The selected participants will also have the opportunity to discuss on EU financial rules with DG BUDGET officials, MEP’s from the Budget Committee and independent experts, as well as with beneficiaries of EU funding.

Flights, accommodation and most of the meals during the programme will be covered by the organisers.

Due to the limited number of places available for this seminar, we advice you to apply as soon as possible.

For further information, please contact Elise Rochez at [email protected]

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