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Economy & Jobs 31-03-2020

EU Commission expects deeper recession than in 2009

The economic slump caused by the coronavirus COVID-19 is expected to be deeper than the 2009 Great Recession, according to a European Commission document seen by EURACTIV.
Economy & Jobs 27-03-2020

Leaders clash over stimulus against pandemic, pass hot potato to Eurogroup

EU leaders on Thursday (26 March) continued to disagree over the economic response to the coronavirus as Northern countries rejected the idea of issuing joint debt, known as "corona bonds", proposed by nine member states to finance the recovery.
Coronavirus 26-03-2020

France wants EU to win virus ‘communications battle’

European solidarity is being put to the test as some EU member states are not supporting the idea of 'corona bonds' and the EU's approach to communicating with the public about the crisis remains too discreet, according to Paris. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 26-03-2020

Germans and Dutch set to block EU ‘corona bonds’ at video summit

Germany and the Netherlands will lead opposition to issuing joint bonds to help revive the European Union economy from a deep slump caused by the coronavirus when the bloc's national leaders discuss emergency assistance on Thursday (26 March).
Economy & Jobs 25-03-2020

Eurogroup nearing agreement to use bailout fund against pandemic

Countries of the euro area are close to an agreement to use the European Stability Mechanism to provide credit lines of up to 2% of their GDP to tackle the consequences of the coronavirus COVID-19.
Coronavirus 24-03-2020

COVID-19: France wants to activate EU bailout fund without conditions or delay

The financial crisis management tool of the eurozone countries must be activated without delay and without conditions, said French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire before the Eurogroup meeting on Tuesday (24 March). EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 24-03-2020

EU countries warn of ‘severe economic downturn’, suspend Stability Pact

EU member states took the unprecedented decision to suspend the Stability and Growth Pact obligations on Monday (23 March), in order to allow billions of euros in extra spending to mitigate the "severe economic downturn" caused by the coronavirus.
Economy & Jobs 20-03-2020

Commission proposes unprecedented suspension of EU’s fiscal rules 

The European Commission proposed for the first time on Friday (20 March) the activation of the general escape clause that would ‘pause’ the adjustments member states have to do to meet their fiscal targets and allow them to spend "as much as they need".
Coronavirus 19-03-2020

ECB unveils €750 billion stimulus against coronavirus

The European Central Bank unexpectedly announced just before midnight on Wednesday (18 March) that it would spend €750 billion in bond purchases to calm down sovereign debt markets, in the strongest signal in the euro area to date that it was ready to fight against the economic fallout of the coronavirus.
Economy & Jobs 19-03-2020

Germany and Netherlands ‘open’ to considering ‘coronabonds’ 

Germany and The Netherlands, two of the most staunch opponents to the idea of issuing common debt in the eurozone, would be “open” to discuss eurobonds to mitigate the economic impact of the coronavirus COVID-19.
Economy & Jobs 17-03-2020

Euro area countries mobilise around €120 billion against coronavirus

Euro area countries have mobilised around 1% of their GDP (€120 billion) to fight against  the economic fallout from the coronavirus but continued to disagree over deploying a joint fiscal stimulus, after a joint teleconference held on Monday (16 March). 
Economy & Jobs 13-03-2020

Coronavirus ‘very likely’ to push Europe into recession, Commission warns

The European Commission said on Friday (13 March) that the coronavirus COVID-19 will “very likely” push the European economy into recession this year, and warned that the rebound next year will depend on a bold response from member states.
Economy & Jobs 13-03-2020

ECB approves more money, seeks strong fiscal stimulus versus coronavirus

The ECB decided on Thursday to inject more money into the real economy to combat the economic fallout of coronavirus. As markets continued to plunge, the bank's president Christine Lagarde stepped up pressure on member states to pass an “ambitious and collective” fiscal stimulus.
Coronavirus 11-03-2020

EU pledges €25 billion to weather coronavirus impact

EU institutions and member states agreed on Tuesday (10 March) to ease EU spending rules and mobilise at least €25 billion of EU funds to address the economic fallout from the coronavirus.
Economy & Jobs 04-03-2020

EU finance ministers hold fire on combating coronavirus

EU finance ministers promised on Wednesday (4 March) a coordinated response to address the economic impact of coronavirus but postponed any decision at least until their formal meeting in mid-March.
Economic governance 12-02-2020

‘Too early to assess’ the economic impact of coronavirus, Commission says

The European Commission won't consider the effects of the coronavirus outbreak in its updated growth forecast, expected on Thursday (13 February), saying it is "too early" to estimate the impact of the virus on the region’s output, EU sources told EURACTIV.
Economic governance 24-01-2020

IMF warns of the risk of central banks’ ‘cheap money’

The monetary stimulus has been one of the main engines of growth over the past years, but continuing with the supply of 'cheap money' could hurt low-income countries, fuel risky investments and affect savers, warned the IMF on Friday (24 January).

ECB’s Lagarde warns of ‘danger of doing nothing’ on climate

ECB chief Christine Lagarde on Thursday (23 January) said the bank would study what role it could play in combatting climate change as part of a major policy review, warning of "the danger of doing nothing".
Economic governance 22-01-2020

IMF calls for ‘more automatism’ in public spending

As monetary policy nears its limits to lift the world's sluggish economy, the International Monetary Fund told governments on Tuesday (21 January) to introduce "more automatism" in their fiscal rules in order to counter the economic slowdown.
Economy & Jobs 02-01-2020

Eurozone 2020: The race against the clouds

After seven years of growth, the eurozone's outlook is deteriorating. There is a risk of a recession if the trade war with Washington worsens, while member states continue to disagree over the completion of the economic and monetary union that would help them cope with a downturn.

Germany’s incoming ECB board member opposes pumping cash into green assets

The European Central Bank should not favour so-called "green" assets in its multi-trillion-euro bond-buying programme or its work as bank supervisor, incoming ECB board member Isabel Schnabel said in an interview published on Monday (30 December).
Economy & Jobs 18-12-2019

Brussels lowers expectations about ‘green’ overhaul of Stability and Growth Pact

The European Commission is cautious about loosening EU fiscal rules in order to incentivise ‘green’ investment by member states. Valdis Dombrovskis, the Commission Vice-President for the economy, said on Tuesday (17 December) he wants to avoid “divisive” issues.
Economy & Jobs 13-12-2019

Conte buys Italy’s government more time over eurozone bailout fund

Italy's prime minister Giuseppe Conte claimed victory on Friday (13 December), after changing the wording of the Euro summit's conclusion postponing a final agreement on the reform of the eurozone bailout fund.
Economic governance 13-12-2019

Costa and Centeno clash over euro budgetary instrument 

Tensions between Portuguese prime minister, Antonio Costa, and his finance minister and Eurogroup president, Mario Centeno erupted in front of EU leaders on Friday (13 December) as the two clashed over the design of the eurozone budgetary instrument .

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