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Economy & Jobs 20-05-2020

Commission defends gradual return to fiscal discipline to avoid ‘mistakes’ of austerity

The European Commission could start controlling deficit and debt levels from next year, once the recession is over. But the road to balancing public accounts again will avoid the “mistakes” of the last crisis, the institution said on Wednesday (20 May). 
Economic governance 06-06-2019

Five takeaways from the EU’s economic recommendations to member states

While the public finances of all EU member states are now officially out of the “red zone”, the European Commission on Wednesday (5 June) still had tough economic policy recommendations for Spain, Italy, Belgium, Greece and Germany.
Economic governance 23-05-2017

Moscovici: Italy, Portugal, Spain fiscal progress ‘good news’

Portugal, Italy and Spain became yesterday (22 May) illustrative examples of the new period Europe enjoys. The executive congratulated Lisbon and Madrid for turning their economies upside down, just one year after they became the first countries that breached the fiscal rules, while it gave its blessing to Rome’s adjustments, one of the eurozone’s troublemakers.
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Economy & Jobs 06-03-2015

“We need a European social dialogue,” Schulz says

"If we want a social market economy in Europe, we need a European - I repeat - a European social dialogue," said European Parliament president Martin Schulz on Thursday during a high level conference on social dialogue in Brussels.

Commission seeks to revive battered social dialogue

In a move to give new impetus to social partners’ relations, seen as instrumental in the new economic governance set up, the European Commission launched on Thursday (5 March) a new start for social dialogue.
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Euro & Finance 05-08-2014

Hollande urges ECB to ‘inject liquidity in the economy’

The European Central Bank and Germany must do more to boost growth and fight a "real deflationary risk" in Europe, French President Francois Hollande told the newspaper Le Monde in an interview.
José Manuel Barroso, European Commission President, gives a press conference on the 2014 country-specific recommendations. Brussels, 2 June. [Photo: EC]
Euro & Finance 03-06-2014

Brussels tells France, Italy to keep budget promises

The European Commission told France and Italy on Monday (2 June) to stick to their pledges to curb spending while reforming their economies, showing little sign of wavering on EU budget rules.
Health 13-02-2014

European Semester’s increased target on healthcare reform

The European Commission's country-specific recommendations for economic reforms in member states are increasingly targeting the healthcare sector, but they are not always working, experts say.
Trade & Society 09-12-2013

France is the ‘sick man’ of Europe, says EU think-tank

A controversial study by The Lisbon Council, a Brussels think-tank, says France is the sick man of Europe and singles out resistance to change as being responsible for a large part of the country's woes.
Central Europe 13-09-2013

ECB ‘interested’ in bailing out Slovenia

The European Central Bank is interested in Slovenia applying for aid from the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), the eurozone's bailout mechanism, according to German business daily Handelsblatt.
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Economy & Jobs 12-09-2013

European Commission on a potential bailout for Slovenia

The European Central Bank is interested in Slovenia applying for aid from the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), the euro zone's bailout mechanism, according to German business daily Handelsblatt. Slovenia has been in recession since last year and is struggling to avoid an economic bailout. On Friday Slovenian officials said they would liquidate two small banks to ensure the financial stability of its banking system.
Euro & Finance 27-06-2013

Leaders pressed to tame their egos at EU summit

A two-day EU summit opening in Brussels today (27 June) comes against the background of harsh verbal exchange between France and the European Commission over what role the EU executive should take in the new economic governance architecture that is being put in place to avert a repetition of the eurozone debt crisis.
EU Priorities 2020 26-06-2013

‘No crisis with Brussels’, says French EU minister

INTERVIEW / Ahead of an EU summit in Brussels, Thierry Repentin has dismissed as bluster the recent spate of attacks by French ministers against the European Commission. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Priorities 2020 30-05-2013

Commission spells out reforms to ‘move EU beyond the crisis’

The European Commission tabled yesterday (29 May) its “country-specific reports” with recommendations to capitals to boost competitiveness and make their economies more dynamic. In an apparent shift from austerity, this year's recommendations call on countries to be “more ambitious” in spurring growth.
Euro & Finance 30-05-2013

France placed under EU reform scrutiny

The European Commission told France on Wednesday (29 May) to cut labour costs, reform its pension system and open up its protected markets in exchange for a two-year respite to bring its budget deficit under 3% of GDP. French President François Hollande replied swiftly, saying “the Commission cannot dictate what we should do”.
Euro & Finance 31-05-2012

Commission fears for Spain and relieves Hungary

Spain faces spiralling debt unless its banking sector can be resolved the European Commission warned yesterday (30 May), in a series of country-specific reports totalling 1.500 pages, which also saw warnings sent to Cyprus and France.