Economic governance

14-10-2021

EU directive on minimum corporate tax expected before end of year

Days after 136 countries agreed on an international tax deal, a European Commission official announced that a directive to implement the corporate minimum tax rate might be forthcoming before the end of the year.
08-10-2021

136 countries agree on international tax reform

More than 100 countries agreed on Friday (8 October) a reform of the international tax regime intended to make it fit for the digital age and respond to longstanding concerns about corporate tax evasion.
07-10-2021

EU Parliament criticises member states’ inaction in debate on Pandora Papers

EU lawmakers criticised the bloc's finance ministers on Wednesday afternoon (6 October) for their inaction against tax avoidance, in a debate devoted to the Pandora Papers, the latest leak of financial documents exposing malpractice and tax avoidance by the rich and powerful across the globe.
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Economy & Jobs 05-10-2021

EU finance ministers strike three countries off tax haven blacklist, ignoring Parliament’s calls

Following a new massive leak of financial documents, the so-called Pandora Papers, EU lawmakers called for more action against money laundering and tax evasion and urged the bloc's finance ministers to review the blacklist of global offenders. However, the ministers chose to remove three countries from the list on Tuesday (5 October).
04-10-2021

Draghi on quest to challenge EU rules and grow out of public debt

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi unveiled an ambitious Italian budget for 2022-2024 last week, with deficits above the limits set by the Stability and Growth Pact, in what appears to be a bet on a change in the EU’s fiscal rulebook.
28-09-2021

ECB-Lagarde reacts to MEPs’ inflation fears

European Central Bank chief Christine Lagarde told EU lawmakers on Monday that the recent uptick in inflation was likely to be a temporary phenomenon.
14-09-2021

The Brief, powered by EPRA — The politics of the pact

The EU’s fiscal rule book was an early victim of the COVID pandemic, correctly, pushed aside by the need to keep businesses afloat as lockdowns derailed economies. But it has not been forgotten.
10-09-2021

Commission hints at quick fix of fiscal rules in 2022

The European Commission said on Friday (10 September) that it will explore options to improve the Stability and Growth Pact by the end of next year, as member states are preparing for a bruising battle over the reform of the EU’s fiscal rules.
17-08-2021

The new crusade for fiscal prudence

The frugal alliance stands to gain very little if their campaign for premature fiscal consolidation following the pandemic succeeds, but they risk exposing the entire EU to serious political and economic consequences, writes Anna Peychev.
02-07-2021

Revamping fiscal rules requires a new understanding on debt sustainability

It is necessary to reform the European Union’s flawed macroeconomic architecture as the post-pandemic world demands a new fiscal rulebook to boost our economies, argues Margarida Marques.
22-04-2021

The ECB needs political guidance on secondary objectives

While EU Treaties clearly stipulate that the European Central Bank “shall support the general objectives of the European Union", politicians cannot simply stand by, hoping that it will use its discretionary power to act on them, writes Grégory Claeys.
Economy & Jobs 05-03-2021

EU’s revised fiscal pact to consider ‘golden rule’ on investment

The European Commission will propose towards the end of the year how to simplify the European Union's complex budget rules, cut accumulated debt and boost investment, European Economic Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said on Thursday (4 March).
03-03-2021

Commission wants to keep fiscal rules suspended in 2022

The European Commission said on Wednesday (3 March) that the Stability and Growth Pact should remain suspended next year as the European economy needs additional stimulus to return to the pre-crisis level.
Economy & Jobs 01-03-2021

EU likely to waive borrowing limits again in 2022

The European Union is likely to waive limits on government borrowing again in 2022, given persistent uncertainties about the pace of economic recovery once the coronavirus pandemic is contained, officials say.
12-02-2021

The Coronavirus exposes the Netherlands as a tax haven – again

Governments miss out on billions of tax revenues annually as the result of tax havens such as The Netherlands. The Coronavirus pandemic tellingly shows how such tax havens undermine public policy and cohesion within the EU, argues Boris Kowalski.
27-01-2021

EU’s Gentiloni calls for greater involvement of unions in recovery plans

The economic crisis caused by COVID-19 could turn into a “social crisis”, the EU's economic  affairs commissioner Paolo Gentiloni has warned, calling for greater involvement from trade unions in the elaboration of national recovery plans. 

Portuguese minister: Fiscal discipline suspension should continue due to second wave

Portugal's finance minister said on Monday (25 January) that the stimulus to the European economy must be maintained until the COVID-19 pandemic “loses momentum”.
Economy & Jobs 30-12-2020

2021: Build back to the future

The EU will double down on its efforts to use the Covid-19 crisis to accelerate the ‘Green’ and digital transitions, fuelled by its €1.95 trillion stimulus, an intense policy agenda and new trade opportunities to improve its global standing.
18-11-2020

Commission green-lights extra spending to avoid double-dip recession 

The European Commission has given its blessing to the draft budgetary plans submitted by the 19 eurozone countries, containing the extra spending to combat the risk of a new recession, but warned about the growing imbalances in many EU economies.
Economy & Jobs 27-10-2020

Economic support will last ‘as long as necessary’, says Gentiloni

Given the increasing number of covid-19 cases and the risk of a double-dip recession, the support to the European economy will be maintained “as much as is needed, for as long as is needed”, said on Tuesday (27 October) commissioner for Economy, Paolo Gentiloni.
Economy & Jobs 24-08-2020

Germany’s Scholz sees ‘no way back’ from EU joint debt

German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said Sunday (23 August) that the European Union's recovery package financed by joint borrowing was a long-term measure rather than a short-term coronavirus crisis fix, contradicting Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Economy & Jobs 16-07-2020

ECB to sit tight as EU leaders shape virus recovery plan

European Central Bank governors are expected to refrain from doling out fresh stimulus medicine Thursday, hoping EU leaders will do their bit to shore up the crisis-hit region with a huge coronavirus recovery plan.
Economy & Jobs 07-07-2020

Italy, Spain and France worst performers as recession deepens

Italy, Spain and France will register the worst economic downturn among eurozone countries this year as the contraction will be more severe than previously expected, according to the latest European Commission forecast published on Tuesday (7 July).
07-07-2020

Joint EU debt must not become a regular thing, says Germany’s Weidmann

A decision by European leaders to issue joint debt to finance coronavirus aid for weaker member states should remain an exemption and not serve as a blueprint for future budget challenges, Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann said on Sunday (26 July).