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Economy & Jobs 19-12-2018

Greek parliament approves first post-bailout budget

Greek lawmakers approved on Tuesday (18 December) the country's first post-bailout budget which projects a high primary surplus next year and sees a pick-up in economic growth.
Economy & Jobs 19-12-2018

Salvini says Commission approved the Italian budget

Italy has done a deal with the European Commission over its contested 2019 budget, a spokeswoman at the Economy Ministry said on Tuesday (18 December), signaling an end to weeks of wrangling that had shaken financial markets.

Green transition: ECB and budgetary authorities should face their responsibilities

Reforming the rules for coordinating budgetary and economic policies in the eurozone is a necessity to conciliate economic, social and climate objectives, write Olivier Bodin and Michael Vincent.
Economy & Jobs 27-11-2018

Another German budget without new debt

The German Bundestag adopted the national 2019 budget with the votes of the 'Grand Coalition' last Friday (23 November), with expenditure reaching a record €356 billion and a particular rise in defence spending. Nevertheless, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz has managed to avoid creating any new debt. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economic governance 25-11-2018

Commission ‘not at war’ with Italy, Juncker says

The European Commission has no plan to start a war with Italy over its budget, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said a day after a working dinner with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Saturday (24 November). But Rome confirmed that the main reforms included in the disputed budget will stay unchanged.
Economy & Jobs 25-11-2018

Commission: Italy, EU to work to bring views on 2019 budget closer together

Italy and the European Commission will work in the coming days to bring closer their positions on Italy's 2019 draft budget, which the EU executive says breaks EU laws by not reducing the country's huge public debt.
Economic governance 21-11-2018

Commission launches excessive deficit procedure against Italy, saying it is ‘sleepwalking into instability’

The European Commission hedged its bets and called for the opening of an excessive deficit procedure against Italy on Wednesday (21 November) as Rome refused once again to revise its draft budget plan.
Economy & Jobs 22-10-2018

Italian populist government braces for EU budget rejection

The Italian government expects the European Commission to decide for the first time ever on Tuesday (23 October) to ask a member state to revise its draft budget, a government source said on Sunday.
Economy & Jobs 05-10-2018

Italy dismisses concern the EU will reject its budget plan

The Italian government on Thursday (4 October) dismissed concerns that the European Commission would reject its plan to raise deficit spending next year and signalled that it would not backtrack, even under market pressure.
Economy & Jobs 28-09-2018

Moscovici slams Italy budget as stocks plunge

The European Union on Friday (28 September) issued a stern warning to Italy's populist leaders following their defiant pledge to increase spending and run a budget deficit that risks putting Rome on a collision course with Brussels.
Elections 28-09-2018

Italy defies Brussels with budget deficit at 2.4%

Italy's government on Thursday (27 September) targeted the budget deficit at 2.4% of gross domestic product for the next three years, defying Brussels and marking a victory for party chiefs over economy minister Giovanni Tria, an unaffiliated technocrat.
Economy & Jobs 04-09-2018

Italy on collision course with EU over budget deficit

Party leaders in the Italian coalition government signalled they will seek leeway from the EU to increase next year's budget deficit, heading on a collision course with the European Commission and investors who want it cut.
15-06-2018

Merkel blowing smoke on reform proposals, says former German MEP

With proposals for a European Monetary Fund and an investment budget for the eurozone, Chancellor Angela Merkel only tentatively moves closer to French President Emmanuel Macron. But the proposals do not go far enough, German MP Franziska Brantner told EURACTIV Germany in an interview.
Economy & Jobs 23-05-2018

Commission demands ‘credible response’ from Italy to reduce debt

The European Commission on Wednesday (23 May) approved Italy’s efforts to balance its public accounts but asked the new government for a “credible response” in order to further reduce its immense public debt.
Economic governance 07-03-2018

Commission passes the ball on sovereign debt rules

European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis said on Wednesday (7 March) that he does not intend to amend the regulatory treatment of sovereign debt held by banks following inconclusive discussions at international level.
Economic governance 22-11-2017

Commission calls for reforms to address wage stagnation

The European Commission told member states on Wednesday (22 November) to prioritize policies that support wage growth, in light of the economic pain still suffered by many Europeans.
Euro & Finance 02-05-2016

Sanctions loom over Spain for breaching fiscal rules

The fourth largest economy in the eurozone is about to become the first country to be punished for breaking the EU’s Stability and Growth Pact, EURACTIV.com has learned.
Climate change 16-03-2016

Climate deal relegated to ‘other items’ in Council agenda

The economy and the climate will be pushed to the margins of this week’s European Council summit (17-18 March), where discussions will once again be dominated by the migration crisis. EURACTIV France reports.
Euro & Finance 08-03-2016

Brussels piles pressure on Spain and Italy to balance their budgets

The European Commission will send a series of warnings to Spain, Italy, Finland, Romania and Belgium today (8 March) because of their “serious” deviations from agreed-on fiscal paths, EURACTIV.com has learned.
Euro & Finance 04-03-2016

Dombrovskis: ‘Unilateral decisions on refugees create new problems’

It is high time to follow “prudent” economic policies, says European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis. His call comes against the backdrop of global market turbulence, a revolt against EU fiscal rules in Spain and Italy, the Brexit debate in Britain, and the ongoing refugee crisis.
Euro & Finance 25-02-2016

Maria João Rodrigues: We should invest in Europe and expand domestic demand

The European Parliament insists that fiscal consolidation and reforms are not enough and that the EU should have a strong priority in investment in Europe and expanding the internal domestic demand, Maria João Rodrigues told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Euro & Finance 23-02-2016

Italy wants EU bonds to fund refugee response

A common European Union policy to manage external borders and cope with the refugee crisis should be funded with common resources, including through the issuance of EU bonds, Italy said on Monday (22 February).
Euro & Finance 25-01-2016

Diplomat: Dutch presidency will promote economic and environmental cooperation

The rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU fell to the Netherlands at the beginning of January 2016. EURACTIV France spoke to Ed Kronenbug, the Dutch envoy to France, about the EU's top priorities over the next six months. 
Euro & Finance 06-11-2015

Schulz in row with Commission over parliament’s economic oversight

The European Commission promised MEPs a greater involvement in the so-called European Semester - but, according to Martin Schulz, the executive's latest proposals do not live up to Parliament’s expectations.