How much is our Union worth?

At a SIEPS seminar on 18 April 2018, the future of the EU budget was discussed. The seminar was arranged together with the European Commission in Sweden.

On 2 May the European Commission will present its proposal for the EU budget in the coming years. This Multiannual Financial Framework is of key importance for the EU for several reasons.

The UK will leave the EU and a substantial contribution to its budget is thus lost. In addition, the EU is facing new challenges, such as the protection of its external borders, a need for increased defence and security cooperation, fight against terrorism,  migration policy and climate policy, which all require common EU financing. 

The EU's financial resources will thus be a key factor in the elaboration of the EU that we want to have in the future. To facilitate this discussion the European Commission has put forward a Reflection paper, which among other things features "price tags" for increased EU cooperation in different fields.

During this seminar we will discuss the following questions:

  • Will the EU budget have to be increased to address the new challenges?
  • Can cuts in current EU expenditure compensate for the loss of the UK contribution?
  • Which will Sweden's position in the negotiations be?

The seminar was recorded and is available here. 


  • 18 April 2018 10:30 - 12:00


  • Europahuset, Regeringsgatan 65, 2nd floor, Stockholm


  • Hans Dahlgren, State Secretary to Prime Minister Stefan Löfven
  • H.E. Hans-Jürgen Heimsoeth, German Ambassador to Sweden
  • Daniel Tarschys, Professor of Political Science, SIEPS
  • Katarina Areskoug Mascarenhas, Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Sweden


  • Cecilia Garme, journalist


  • Registration and coffee from 10.00.
  • Sandwiches will be served for lunch.
  • The seminar is free, but the registration is binding. Please inform us if you will not be able to attend, thus freeing up your seat for somebody else.
  • The seminar will be webcast.