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The MFF under scrutiny: Cohesion policy in an enlarging European Union

Laurence Ziegler / Unsplash
Laurence Ziegler / Unsplash

The EIB-IEP lunch debate "The MFF under scrutiny: Cohesion policy in an enlarging European Union" debates the future of EU cohesion policy from 2028 onwards against the background of the "Next Generation EU" instrument and the possible enlargement of the Union.

Wednesday, 29 November 2023 12:30 pm – Wednesday, 29 November 2023 02:00 pm

This event is in the past.

Cohesion policy is the EU’s designated tool to reduce economic inequalities across member states and their citizens and has been a fundamental aspect of European integration. While it constitutes a significant part of the EU’s budget, the implementation process and results of the policy instruments are not beyond doubts and criticism.

The preparations of the next Multiannual Financial Framework, starting in 2028, will take place in a context marked by increasing budgetary needs arising among others from inflation, the climate crisis, Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine and the potential enlargement of the EU. Additionally, the implementation of the "Next Generation EU” instrument raises the question as to whether common borrowing by EU institutions could become a more frequent way to raise funds.

This lunch debate brings together experts from science and practice to discuss the design of cohesion policy within the next MFF.

Date and time

Wednesday, 29 November 2023
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Online on Zoom
(Link upon Registration)


Kim Jørgensen, DG and Permanent Representative of EIB to the EU Institutions, Brussels

Céline Gauer, Director General of the Recovery and Resilience Task Force (RECOVER), European Commission, Brussels

Prof Dr Friedrich Heinemann, Head of Research Unit “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance”, ZEW, Mannheim & Adjunct Professor of Economics, University of Heidelberg

Dr Thu Nguyen, Deputy Director, Jacques Delors Centre, Berlin


Johanna Hase, Research Advisor, Institut für Europäische Politik, Berlin


The IEP organizes this event in cooperation with the European Investment Bank (EIB) as part of the IEP-EIB event series.


About the Europe talks project: The IEP's Europe Talks bring together citizens, decision-makers, academics and civil society to discuss challenges and perspectives on European integration. In this way, they promote the debate on European policy in Germany.

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