Contractual arrangements between the EU and Member States: money for structural reforms?

EGMONT − Royal Institute for International Relations organises a conference on Contractual arrangements between the EU and Member States: money for structural reforms?

The conference will take place on Tuesday 3 December from 14:00 to 16:00  in Room 1 of the Central Economic Council (Conseil Central de l’Economie – Centrale Raad voor het Bedrijfsleven),  17-21, avenue de la Joyeuse entrée 1040, Brussels.


Both the Commission’s proposal for a “Competitiveness and Convergence Instrument” (Blueprint) and the “contractual arrangements” presented by President Van Rompuy (President’s report) share a common concept:  associating EU money with national structural reforms by creating a binding agreement between the Commission and contracting Member States. These instruments are to be discussed during the December session of the European Council.

During this conference, the following questions will be addressed:

- Should we conceptualize ‘solidarity in Europe’ on the basis of ‘reciprocity’ and ‘contracts’?
- What is the current state of play regarding “contractual arrangements?”
- What would be their possible design?
- What could they deliver?



  • Welcome address by Marc Lepoivre, Director European Affairs Programme, Egmont Institute
  • Keynote speech by Frank Vandenbroucke, Professor at the KU Leuven and Belgian Minister of State: “Solidarity and reciprocity in European governance: some key issues”
  • Panel discussion on the desirability and feasibility of contractual arrangements in the EU
    • Renaud Thilaye, Senior Researcher, Policy Network
    • Shahin Vallée, Cabinet of European Council, President Herman Van Rompuy
    • Xavier Vanden Bosch, Research fellow, Egmont Institute
  • Question and answer session


Please note that only a limited number of seats are available. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.


Registration in advance is mandatory and can be e-mailed (name, title, organisation) to before 29 November 2013.