Understanding the EU Budget and the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF)

12/12/2019 - 13/12/2019
Location: Maastricht (NL)
Project number: 1920301

Understanding the EU Budget and the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF)

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Do you work within the administration of a Member State preparing for the post-2020 budget negotiations and wonder what lies ahead?

How can you pinpoint your issues within the process and determine the available scope for change?

Do you want to know how the EU budget is funded, drafted and executed?

This course will help you understand how the EU institutions prepare, adopt, execute and discharge an EU budget. You will receive a clear and concise explanation of the budgetary principles, procedures and the roles of the different actors involved, as well as an insight into the political dimensions of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and of the annual budget procedure.

What you will learn in this course:
  • the annual budget cycle and its key actors
  • the functioning of the MFF and the advantages/challenges of MFF
  • the role of special instruments in MFF and budget negotiations
  • the key actors and interaction patterns in budget and MFF negotiations.
By the end of the course, you will have a clear understanding of:
  • the key issues and dynamics in annual budget negotiations;
  • the main provisions of the MFF 2014-2020
  • the MFF 2021-2027 proposal
  • the Own Resources proposals 2021-2027
  • the key political issues pervading the debates on the future EU budget
Who is this course for?

Officials from Member State administrations, candidate countries, and the EU institutions, as well as budget and policy consultants who are directly or indirectly affected by European decision-making on budgetary issues. In particular:

  • Budget attachés and national finance/EU affairs ministries/departments
  • National officials supporting negotiators of multiannual spending programmes
  • Brussels-based experts and national delegates
Course methodology

The course is both practical and interactive, offering a combination of lectures, group discussions and Q&A sessions with experts




Registration of participants




Welcome, general introduction and opening of the seminar
Dr Theo Jans, Associate Professor, EIPA Maastricht




Introduction: key characteristics of EU budget

  • Comparing the EU budget to national budgets
  • Key budgetary principles and actors
  • History and context




Coffee break




The legal framework for budget decisions

  • Treaty provisions, the budget cycle, multinannual financial framework, IIA budget discipline and sound financial management, own resources
  • Explaining the jargon: commitments, payments, RAL, reserves, transfers, pilots, carry-overs, assigned revenues, joint undertakings, etc.




Lunch at Hotel Derlon
Onze Lieve Vrouweplein 6, 6221 HD, Maastricht Tel. +31 43 32 16 770




The future of Cohesion Policy and the ESI funds

  • CPR and ESF
  • The post-2020 proposals

Marco Lopriore, Expert, EIPA




Coffee break




The Multiannual Financial Framework: issues, flexibility and revision

  • Technical adjustments
  • Special instruments
  • Net balances, negotiation dynamics and challenges
  • Exercise “policy challenge”




 End of the first day




Reception at hotel Derlon









New Own Resources

  • The European Commission proposals for new own resources

Jorge Nunez Ferrer, CEPS




Coffee break




From Lessons of the current MFF to the post-2020 MFF proposals

  • The MFF proposals
  • Negotiation process
  • Issues for the post-2020 MFF

Official, DG Budget, European Commission




Lunch at Hotel Derlon




The Common Agricultural Policy: current issues and MFF proposals

  • Current trends and issues
  • The MFF proposals
  • Issues, dynamics and negotiations




Evaluation and end of the course

Course venue
European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)
O.L. Vrouweplein 22
6211 HE, Maastricht
the Netherlands

Programme Organiser
Ms Nicolette Brouwers
Tel: + 31 43 3296245

The fee includes documentation and refreshments. Lunches, a reception or dinner are included if mentioned in the programme. Accommodation and travel costs are at the expense of the participants or their administration.

EIPA offers a 10% discount to all civil servants working for one of EIPA’s supporting countries, and civil servants working for an EU institution, body or agency.

Who are the supporting countries?
Civil servants coming from the following EIPA supporting countries are entitled to get the reduced fee: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

For all other participants, the regular fee applies.

Lunches, the reception or dinner will be served at a restaurant in town. Special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic) can be indicated once you receive the confirmation of the seminar.

Hotel reservations
EIPA has special price arrangements with a number of hotels. All hotels are within 10 minutes walking distance from EIPA. Should you wish to make use of this possibility, please book directly via the links below. Payment is to be made directly and personally to the hotel upon checking out. At the time of booking, please mention in the requested field the EIPA project number for your course.

Confirmation of registration will be forwarded to participants on receipt of the completed online registration form.

Prior payment is a condition for participation.

Cancellation policy
For administrative reasons you will be charged €150 for cancellations received within 15 days before the activity begins. There is no charge for qualified substitute participants.

EIPA reserves the right to cancel the activity up to 2 weeks before the starting date. In that case, registration fees received will be fully reimbursed. EIPA accepts no responsibility for any costs incurred (travel, accommodation, etc.). 


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