Informal meeting of economic and financial affairs ministers (ECOFIN): Media Advisory


The informal meeting of EU economic and financial affairs ministers will take place on 27-28 April in the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria. The meeting will be chaired by Vladislav Goranov, Finance Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria.

Among the topics at the first day of the meeting will be convergence inside the EU and reducing fragmentation in the capital markets union. The second day will focus on taxation, with discussions on revenue collection and tax fraud, and on a renewed approach towards corporate taxation. The meeting will be preceded by a Eurogroup meeting.



27 April 2018 | Friday

Informal Eurogroup

8:30 – 9:00            Arrivals at the National Palace of Culture, doorsteps and handshake (broadcast live)

8:55 – 9:00            Roundtable (broadcast live)

9:30 – 12:00          Eurogroup meeting

12:00 – 12:30       Eurogroup press conference (broadcast live)


Informal ECOFIN meeting

12:30 – 13:00       Arrivals at the National Palace of Culture, doorsteps and handshake (broadcast live)

14:40 – 14:45       Roundtable (broadcast live)

14:45 – 17:00       Working session I

                                 Convergence in the EU – inside and outside the Euro area

                                 Reducing fragmentation within the capital markets union

17:00 – 17:15       Family photo (broadcast live)

17:15 – 17:45       ECOFIN press conference (broadcast live)


28 April 2018 | Saturday

8:45 – 9:30            Arrivals at the National Palace of Culture, doorsteps (broadcast live)

9:25 – 9:30            Roundtable (broadcast live)

9:30 – 11:00          Working session II

                                 Towards a common agenda for modern tax administrations: Improving revenue collection and fighting tax fraud in the single market

11:10 – 11:15       Roundtable (broadcast live)

11:15 – 12:30       Working session III

A renewed approach for corporate taxation in the Single Market and tax challenges of the digitalisation of the economy

12:30 – 13:00       ECOFIN press conference (broadcast live)


Accreditation information

Accredited journalists can pick up their badges on Wednesday, 25 April 2018 at the Registration Desk at Entrance B-2 of the National Palace of Culture between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.  Members of the press arriving in Sofia on the day of the event will be able to get their badges at the same entrance upon their arrival at the National Palace of Culture. Only accredited members of the press will have access to the National Palace of Culture.


Photos and videos

All media opportunities during the event (doorstep statements, handshake, roundtable, press conferences) will be streamed live on the Website of the Bulgarian Presidency. Throughout the day, photos and videos will be uploaded in the Photo and Video sections of the Website. All official photos from the event are also available for download in high resolution on the Flickr account of the Bulgarian Presidency. Videos can be downloaded from Vimeo.


Press contacts

In Sofia:               Veselin Jelev, [email protected], +359 883 990 247

In Brussels:          Genoveva Chervenakova, [email protected], +32 473 575 083

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