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25 September 2018, ITUH, Bd du Roi Albert II, 5; 1210 Brussels, ETUI meeting room 7th floor

What can workers in Europe expect from a post-Brexit EU Budget that declares itself to be more social, more innovative and more flexible?

Speakers: László Andor, Head of Department and Associate Professor at the Department of Economic Policy at the Corvinus University of Budapest and former EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (2010-2014) and

Iain Begg, Professorial Research Fellow at the European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science

Comments: Thiébaut Weber, ETUC Confederal Secretary

Moderator: Philippe Pochet, General Director ETUI


The European Commission published its proposal for the 2021-2027 multiannual financial framework (MFF) on 2 May this year. The proposed budget aims to help in responding to a number of current challenges facing Europe, such as the technological and demographic transition, climate change and scarce resources, unemployment, and new security threats from migratory pressures and geopolitical instability. At this Monthly forum the speakers and discussant will analyse and comment on the potential of this budget to deal with these issues, focusing on several key questions.

Can the new budget help in countering the trends of economic, social and political disintegration which have put increasing pressure on the structure of the EU?

Does this MFF proposal enhance or undermine the capacity of the EU to finance « new priorities » such the digital economy, sustainability, security, migration, human capital and skills, as well as support for small businesses and innovation?

Will the renewed European Social Fund (ESF), the so-called European Social Fund Plus (ESF+), with a clear reference to the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR), contribute to strengthening the EU’s social dimension?  

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A light lunch will be served in the room from 13h.

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