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

Webinar: June 20, 2018I13:00 - 14:30 CESTIBudget Preparation and Execution

This was the second of two webinars that was organized with the aim to: (i) introduce the concept of public finances at the EU level, especially about the multi-annual financial framework and the annual budget, (ii) discuss the expected challenges in negotiations on the EU budget for the post-2020 period, and (iii) raise awareness of the implications of these negotiations for SEE countries.

Since this webinar took place after the publication of the European Commission’s proposal of multi-annual financial framework for the post-2020 period, the main topics that it covered included:

  • overall assessment of the proposal,
  • identification of the key challenges expected in the negotiations, and
  • analysis of the proposal from the point of view of EU candidate countries from SEE.

As an introduction, watch the recording of the first webinar explaining expectations from the new EU multi-annual financial framework. 

Useful reading materials

Who attended?

This webinar was 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 was also of use to individuals in other public institutions, academia and the business community with a general interest in EU financial affairs.

This webinar was publicly available, and there were no limits to the number of participants per country or institution

Practical information

When: June 20, 2018 from 13:00 until 14:30 CEST.

Where: From the convenience of your own computer, tablet or smartphone.

How: For detailed technical information please read the Guidelines on how to attend a webinar.

Participation was free of charge.


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 Slovenia’s early 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 analytical activities with respect to the 2007-2013 and 2014-2020 financial frameworks of the EU, and is currently involved in negotiations on the 2020+ financial framework 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.


Dr Gordana Djurović - Professor at the University of Montenegro

 Ms. Djurović is a full professor on the Faculty of Economics, University of Montenegro in Podgorica, where she teaches Economic Development, EU Enlargement policy, International Economic Relations, EU Cohesion policy and Regional policy. She is the Head of the post-graduate and under-graduate studies in the field of European Economic Integration. Also, she was head of the Jean Monnet Chair project focused on curriculum development of the European studies (2012-2015) and currently heads "Communicating Europe in the Pan-European Societies (2017-2019), as president of the Montenegrin Pan-European Union. Prof. Dr Djurović is the author of more than seventy articles published in international and national professional journals, several text-books, as well as the number of papers on economic development, comparative economic analysis, and European integration. She was the Minister for International Economic Relations and European Integration (February 2004-October 2006), the Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration (November 2006 – June 2009) and the Minister for European Integration (July 2009-December 2010). During her mandate in the Montenegrin government she was Chief negotiator for the SAA with the EU, Chief negotiator for WTO accession negotiation, coordinator of the CEFTA 2006 negotiations, led the project EC Questionnaire, the first National Programme of integration for Montenegro, Communication strategy about European integration, coordinated IPA committee for programming of the EU pre-accession assistance, led National commission for implementation of the strategy for fight against corruption and organised crime, etc.


This learning initiative was supported by:

Ministry of Finance, Slovenia Slovenia's Development Cooperation