Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - DynamInt

Follow the Money? – European Integration in Light of EU Budgetary Law

9th and 10th June 2022


ftmLogoThe “first really significant push for integration since Maastricht” was presumed by the philosopher Jürgen Habermas in view of the issuance of common European debts to cope with the economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. With the 2020 recovery fund NextGenerationEU, the European Union’s financial volume has multiplied. Upon discussing Europe ten years ago with Jürgen Habermas, the politician Joschka Fischer (Greens) and the legal scholar Christian Calliess, the economist Henrik Enderlein replied to the question of Europe not being far too big in the small and far too small in the big: “Too small and too big: an economist would always say ‘Follow the money!’” In effect, the budget authority would always be decisive. From a monetary perspective, the recovery fund adds an entirely new dimension to the European integration. Which legal problems does this development pose? How should it be contextualised politically and historically? These questions give reason to fundamentally examine the state of the integration in light of the budgetary law and to question the relationship between budgetary law and democracy in the multi-level system.

  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Biebricher, Associate Professor at the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School
  • Prof. Dr. Paul De Grauwe, John Paulson Chair in European Political Economy, European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Alberto de Gregorio Merino, LL.M., Director at the Legal Service of the Council of the European Union
  • Prof. Dr. Päivi Leino-Sandberg, LL.D., LL.M., Professor of Transnational European Law, University of Helsinki
  • Prof. Dr. N. Piers Ludlow, Professor and Head of Department of the Department of International History, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Prof. Dr. Claire Mongouachon, Senior Lecturer in Public Law, Université Paris Nanterre
  • Dr. Christian Neumeier, LL.M., Research Assistant, Chair of Public and Financial Law, Humboldt University of Berlin
  • Dr. Thu Nguyen, LL.M., Policy Fellow for EU Institutions and Democracy at the Jacques Delors Centre, Hertie School
  • Prof. Dr. Frank Schorkopf, Professor at the Institute for International and European Law, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
  • Sir Paul Tucker, Senior Fellow at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University, and Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School
  • Prof. Dr. Luuk van Middelaar, Professor of Foundations and Practice of the European Union and its Institutions, Leiden University
  • Prof. Dr. Claudia Wutscher, BA, Associate Professor at the Institute for Austrian and European Public Law, Vienna University of Economics and Business
  • Prof. Dr. Charles Wyplosz, Honorary Professor, International Economics and Faculty Associate, Centre For Finance And Development, The Graduate Institute, Geneva



The programme can be accessed here.  



The announcement poster can be accessed here.



In order to attend the conference in person or to follow via livestream, you can register here or via by the 31st of May. Active participation will only be possible in person, not via livestream. The capacities for in-person participation are dependant on the development of the pandemic prior to the conference. Should there be more registrations for in-person participation than places available, in-person participants will be selected by random choice. 


Contact and organisation: Dr. Ruth Weber