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Lecture | European Union Seminar

The future of Europe’s finances

Friday 15 March 2024
EU Seminar
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague

Margaret Thatcher’s “I want my money back”, Mark Rutte’s “Not a cent to the Greeks” and Mario Draghi’s “Whatever it takes”: many key moments in the history of European integration have been shaped by debates about money. The EU is now facing some existential questions that will decide its future, and many of them will require massive investments. How are we going to battle climate change and protect ourselves from energy insecurity? How do we keep our companies competitive in the global market? How are we going to defend ourselves? And – of course – how are we going to pay for all this? Join us for the EU seminar with MEPs Margarida Marques (S&D), MEP Dorien Rookmaker (ECR), and Director in the European Commission’s Directorate General for Budget Eric von Breska, as we explore the options for the EU's fiscal future.

This event is organized by Vera Scepanovic and Sjoerd Gillissen on behalf of MA European Union Studies, and is co-hosted by the European Parliament liaison office in The Netherlands.

The event is supported by the Faculty of Humanities Impact Support Network.

Practical information


Walk-in: 15:00h
Discussion: 15:30-17:00h
Drinks: 17:00-18:00h

There is a security check at the doors so please make sure you arrive around 15:00 to take your seat. The discussion will start at 15:30. The event will be followed by a small reception.


If you are interested in joining us, please make sure to register via the button below, as seats are limited.

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About the speakers

Margarida Marques is a member of the Socialist Party of Portugal, and a Member of the European Parliament for the social-democratic S&D group. Prior to her current appointment she has held various positions in the European Commission and the Portuguese government. In 2019, she was elected to the European Parliament, where she is the Vice-Chair of the Budget Committee and a member of the Committee for International Trade. She has also served as the co-rapporteur for the EU’s Multi-Annual Financial Framework 2021-2027.

Dorien Rookmaker is a Dutch MEP in the conservative ECR group. Before entering politics she had a long and successful career in the financial sector, specializing in risk management. She was elected to the Dutch Senate in 2019 and joined the European Parliament in 2020, where she serves as a member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs.  

Eric von Breska is Director for Revenue and Multiannual Financial Framework in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Budget. Before joining DG Budget, Mr. von Breska worked in various capacities within the European Commission on matters of regional and urban policy and development of financial instruments for regional development in the EU.

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