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The final session of Friends of Europe’s 2017 State of Europe high-level roundtable gathered participants in small groups to brainstorm on the future financing of the European Union in areas ranging from agriculture and entrepreneurship, to growth and health, to security and sustainability. The discussions were set against the preparations for the next round of negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) designed to set the EU’s funding priorities for a seven-year period beyond 2020. The new MFF is an opportunity for EU member states to define new political priorities and a chance to re-connect with citizens in the context of 2019 European elections.
The table discussions brought together a diverse group of senior stakeholders and European Young Leaders from different backgrounds and countries. Participants not traditionally involved in budget discussions allowed for a more transparent discussion and approach on MFF, while in the past it has been the result of behind-the-scenes debates. The discussions led to a concrete set of recommendations for the next EU budget on where to invest and how to make financial choices that reflect EU citizens' priorities.
To ensure that the voice of the citizens was also heard in the discussions, the recommendations were compared to expectations from citizens, previously collected through an online survey hosted by our citizens platform Debating Europe.
What should the EU invest in? View our recommendations below