NextGenerationEU one year on: achievements, lessons learnt and the way forward

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Strategic conversation with Gert Jan Koopman, European Commission Director General for Budget

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The NextGenerationEU package, the largest stimulus package ever financed in Europe, is more than two trillion euros injected into EU economies to help rebuild a post-pandemic Europe. The goal of NextGenerationEU is to foster initiatives to create a greener, more digital, and more resilient Europe for the future. One year on, what has been achieved, what are the lessons learnt and what way forward can we expect given latest geopolitical developments?

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‘What the chief says’ events are exclusive, small, informal and off the record regular roundtable debates which offer our members the exclusive opportunity to engage directly and get to the heart of a specific policy issue with a senior decisionmaker from a European institution or government. These events are geared to be in tune with the interest of our members and are strategically linked to emerging trends within the EU sphere. It allows us to focus on the opportunities and identify the possible challenges in the European Commission’s own agenda and provides the possibility to go into greater depth and discuss the ‘nitty gritty’ of policies affecting Europe in the next years and beyond.

This 60-minute discussion will include a 10-minute introduction by European Commission Director-General for Budget Gert Jan Koopman, after which Friends of Europe’s members will have the opportunity to pose comments or questions in an off-the-record exchange on the achievements, lessons learnt and way forward for NextGenerationEU.


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Gert Jan Koopman

European Commission Director-General for Budget (DG BUDGET)

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Gert Jan Koopman is the Director-General of the European Commission’s budget department since August 2018. In his role, he has worked to develop the EU budget from a mere source of funding for policies such as cohesion and agriculture to a tool fuelling Europe’s ever more ambitious policy agenda. He has contributed to putting in place the European Union’s €800 billion NextGenerationEU recovery plan and enable its financing on the capital markets through a sovereign-style funding system. Mr Koopman has been serving the EU for roughly three decades. Previously, he was in charge of State Aid control at the Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition. His earlier assignments included senior management posts in the Commission’s departments for Economic and Financial Affairs, which supervises the smooth running of the single market.

Dharmendra Kanani
Dharmendra Kanani

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Spokesperson of Friends of Europe

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Prior to joining Friends of Europe, Dharmendra Kanani was director of policy at the European Foundation Centre (EFC). He was the England director at the Big Lottery Fund, the largest independent funder in the UK and fourth largest in the world. Dharmendra has held senior positions in the public and voluntary sector and advisor to numerous ministerial policy initiatives across the UK.

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