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The Politics of the EU Purse: Mastering the Multiannual Financial Framework


Date: 23-24 June 2020

Place: Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels

Course Coordinators: Cinzia Alcidi (CEPS) and Wolfgang Wessels (EUI and University of Cologne)

Deadline: 22 May 2020 

Early bird: 30 April 2020

  Training Programme




This executive training focuses on the financial framework of the European Union. The deal for the new long-term budget 2021-2017 is still under discussion, while severe differences remain between the countries that are net contributors and those that are net recipients of EU funds.

Given the current limitations and challenges concerning the formulation of the new budget, this training will identify the strategic role that member states and parliaments of all levels play, and work on avenues for insight and influence in the ongoing negotiations on the new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027.

Participants will upgrade their strategic knowledge on the EU’s multi-level and multi-actor playing field, develop key skills in EU monitoring and share best practices regarding these critical negotiations. This interactive seminar discusses both the substance and the organisation of the MFF as a case study, with the aim to strengthen participants’ grip on processes taking place in Brussels and in the member states.


How you will learn during the training:

  • Lectures from experts: gain knowledge of the latest developments of the MFF as well as the EU negotiation process by academic experts and key practitioners in the field.
  • World Café: the world café sets the scene for the training seminar. In small interactive discussions, participants share knowledge and understanding of the EU budget, the negotiating procedures and the political issues of crucial importance in the negotiations up to the new programming period.
  • Sharing best practices: how do different actors approach the negotiations? Which are their positions and what are the best practices in the scrutiny of this process? During an interactive session, we draft the political map of the MFF.
  • Classroom discussion: participants are given opportunity to interact and share their knowledge and views, the perspective of the institution where they work, as well as the position of the country where they live.
  • Simulation Game: participants will simulate a joint parliamentary meeting of the European Parliament’s committees for budgetary control, for budgetary affairs, and for legal affairs with the corresponding committees of national parliaments.


What you will gain from this training:

  • Insiders information on the structure of the new MFF, its funding and the state of play of negotiations.
  • Insights on the potential impact of the new EU budget structure on member states.
  • Understanding of member states’ and institutional interests, preferences and positions.
  • Identification of keys for influencing the set-up and implementation of the EU’s financial framework as well as best practices of parliamentary scrutiny.
  • Getting a first insight into the changed constellations in the EU’s architecture with new persons at the top.
  • A specific point will be the financing of the green deal e.g. the just transition fund.


Fees: 1.300 

Discounted fees for applicants from:

  • University (PhD, Post-doc, research fellows etc.): 350 Euros
  • EU institution and national parliaments: 975 Euros

In case of registration of 3 participants from the same organisation, the course fee is waived for one of them. Special deals apply for larger groups.

The fees cover the cost of the course as well as coffee and lunch breaks. Travel and hotel costs are not included.


Meet your trainers

Cinzia Alcidi Head of Economic Policy Unit at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels, where she leads the Economic Policy Unit, and fellow at LUISS - School of European Political Economy.

Mendeltje Van Keulen Professor ‘Changing role of Europe’ at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Member of the EUI stakeholder group on national parliaments and associate of the public consultancy group Berenschot EU in Brussels.

Andreas Maurer Professor and Jean Monnet Chair for Political Science and European Integration at the University of Innsbruck. 

Jorge Núñez Ferrer Senior Research fellow at CEPS. He is specialised in EU budgetary and financial instruments, but has also worked in the areas of national and regional strategic planning, public financial management, trade policy and smart cities.

Andreas Schwartz Director for ‘Revenue and Multiannual Financial Framework’ in DG BUDG as of 1 August 2019. He joined the Commission on a permanent basis in 2003.

Wolfgang Wessels Faculty member of the School of Transnational Governance (STG). He is Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges and Natolin and Director of the Centre for Turkey and European Union Studies (CETEUS) at the University of Cologne.