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DG ECFIN Workshop – "What public investment for the future?"

On Thursday 25 January 2024, DG ECFIN will organise its annual workshop on fiscal policy, dedicated this year to public investments. 

The workshop will be a half-day online event with high-profile speakers and discussants from academics and international organizations.

The workshop will be structured in two parts. The first session will focus on identifying the most-growth enhancing public investments, in the current context of limited fiscal pace in the EU. The second session will zoom in on defence investment, which has become a higher priority for EU countries in the aftermath of Russia’s war on Ukraine and  the economic effects of which have not been thoroughly explored in the European context.

What public investment for the future? - Programme


  • fiscal policy
  • Thursday 25 January 2024, 13:45 - 17:55 (CET)


  1. 25 Jan 2024, 13:45 - 14:00 (CET)
    Opening Speech Director General Maarten Verwey
  2. 14:00 - 16:10 (CET)
    Session I: Which public investments are the most growth enhancing?
  3. 16:10 - 16:20 (CET)
    Break time
  4. 16:20 - 17:55 (CET)
    Session II: Can defence be considered as growth-enhancing expenditure?

Practical information

Thursday 25 January 2024, 13:45 - 17:55 (CET)
Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs