Implications of EU Budget 2020+ Negotiations for South East Europe (I/II)

Webinar: March 28, 2018I10:00-11:30 CETIBudget Preparation and Execution

This is the first of two webinars that will be organized with the aim to introduce the concept of public finances at the European Union (EU) level, especially about the multi-annual financial framework and the annual budget. They will discuss the expected challenges in the forthcoming EU budget negotiations for the post-2020 period, and raise awareness about the implications of these negotiations for South East European (SEE) countries.

As the result of the United Kingdom's referendum on its EU membership, publication of the European Commission’s proposal of multi-annual financial framework beyond 2020 has been postponed for May 2018, by which time the impact of Brexit on the EU's finances should be clearer. This multi-annual financial framework will have to 'fund more with less' since it is under increasing pressure to boost employment and growth, improve governance of the euro area, strengthen security and military cooperation, manage migration flows, and tackle climate change.

Since this webinar will take place before the publication of the European Commission’s proposal of multi-annual financial framework for the post-2020 period, the main topics it will cover include:

  • conceptual issues associated with multi-annual financial perspectives,
  • the key EU challenges that will be addressed in the forthcoming multi-annual financial framework, and
  • the position of pre-accession funds in these negotiations.

What will you learn? 

The webinar will be an opportunity to present and discuss key features of public finances at the EU level, i.e. of the medium-term financial framework and annual budget, prior to the beginning of the negotiations about the post-2020 EU budget, including the implications on funds to be allocated for pre-accession purposes.

After attending this webinar, participants will:   

  • Understand the concept of public finances at the EU, especially the difference between the medium-term financial framework and the annual budget,
  • Become familiar with the key differences between the EU budget and national budgets,
  • Discuss key challenges faced by the EU in the context of forthcoming negotiations about the post-2020 EU budget,
  • Examine recent trends and forthcoming challenges associated with the EU budget pre-accession funds.   

The webinar will be held in English. It will be designed to be partaking by combining subject matter presentations with question and answer sessions.

Who should attend?

This webinar is designed for officials of finance ministries, line ministries and other key government actors involved in the EU accession process, especially those ones involved in programming and managing the EU pre-accession funds. Furthermore, the webinar might be also of interest to individuals in other public institutions, academia and the business community with a general interest in EU financial affairs.

This webinar is publically available, and there are no limits to the number of participants per country or institution. Feel free to bring this webinar also to the attention of your colleagues who may find the discussion useful!

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Practical information

When: March 28, 2018 from 10:00 until 11:30 CET.

Where: From the convenience of your own computer, tablet or smartphone; you are encouraged to jointly connect with your colleagues.

How: You need to install the WebEX to your device. This will take only a few minutes but may require informing your system administrator. For detailed technical information please read the Guidelines on how to attend a webinar before the webinar starts.

Participation is free of charge.

To register for this webinar click the “Apply now’’ button on the right-hand side, or click here. You will be redirected to the CEF Online Learning Campus, where you need to click the “Enroll’’ button under the title of this webinar. 

Lead Experts

Mojmir Mrak, CEF Senior Advisor and Professor at the University of Ljubljana

Mr. Mrak is a Jean Monnet professor at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana. He has more than 20 years of experience in designing and implementing the Slovenian government’s policy in international finance and EU accession. He was the chief external debt negotiator of Slovenia, and responsible for credit arrangements with the EBRD and WB. Between 1998 and 2002, he was chief advisor of the Slovenian government on financial aspects of EU accession. He coordinated the Slovenian government’s activities with respect to the 2007-2013 financial perspective of the EU, and is currently involved in negotiations on the 2014-2020 financial perspective of the EU. Mr. Mrak has served as a consultant to numerous international organizations and several governments in SEE. He is Senior Program Advisor at the CEF.

Official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia - TBD


[Click here, for information on the second webinar in this series; changes may apply; more information available 3 months ahead of delivery]


This learning initiative is supported by:

Ministry of Finance, Slovenia Slovenia's Development Cooperation