About: Maria João Rodrigues

Economy & Jobs 31-05-2018

MEP Rodrigues: Imposing eurozone ‘as it is’ on Italy is not the answer

Populist forces in Italy are “playing with fire” and exposing the country to market pressure, vice-president of the Socialist Group in the European Parliament Maria João Rodrigues warned in an interview.
Politics 11-12-2017

Over A Coffee with Maria João Rodrigues MEP, Vice President of the Social Democrats

Maria João Rodrigues, Portuguese MEP, and Vice President of the Social Democrats, joins EURACTIV Reporter, Brian Maguire, Over A Coffee.
Politics 17-11-2017

‘Let’s do our work’ on social policy, Juncker tells member states

Europe’s credibility hinges on national leaders agreeing social legislation that applies across the bloc, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Friday (17 November) at a summit with leaders from EU countries in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Economy & Jobs 17-11-2017

Juncker is ‘sincerely in favour of social Europe’

Jean-Claude Juncker deserves credit for making social issues a priority for the European Commission, Socialist MEP Maria Joao Rodrigues told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Future EU 07-07-2017

Rodrigues: ‘This European Parliament can’t be led by a right-wing majority’

The European Parliament on Wednesday (5 July) failed to agree a common position on the Commission Work Programme for 2018. In an interview with EURACTIV.com, Maria João Rodrigues welcomed this as a sign that the conservative domination of the legislature is coming to an end.
Economy & Jobs 26-04-2017

App economy jobs come under Commission scrutiny

The European Commission will change an EU law on employment contracts by the end of the year in a move to create standards for precarious jobs created by online apps like Uber and Deliveroo.

MEPs call for EU law requiring minimum wage in every country

MEPs are asking the European Commission to require member states to introduce national minimum wages in a move that will unnerve politicians across Europe, business lobby groups and even some trade unions.
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.
Maria João Rodrigues
Development Policy 17-09-2015

Rodrigues: Juncker must flex muscle with member states

As the European Parliament adopts its first joint resolution on the Commission work programme to be presented in October, Portuguese MEP Maria João Rodrigues said Juncker must take leadership and restore political dynamism in the EU.
Euro & Finance 17-02-2015

Many of Greece’s problems were aggravated by the EU

We must recognise that many of Greece's problems were aggravated by the behaviour of the European Union, writes Maria João Rodrigues.
EU Priorities 2020 11-12-2014

Socialists propose European investment fund exempt from fiscal rules

Creating a European fund exempt from EU fiscal rules is the main idea of a 200 page report commissioned by the Socialists and Democrats group in the European Parliament, just ahead of the 18-19 summit which is expected to make decisions concerning the investment plan, recently presented by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

Female leadership is a must, not an option

To stay competitive on a global scale, the European Union needs to mobilize the untapped potential and talent of women in all spheres, write a number of women leaders, after launching the EU Women Caucus on 2 December, 2014.

S&D Vice President: We need a new instrument to support investment

As the European Investment Bank has not been an effective tool in a previous attempt to create a massive investment package, this time, a new instrument needs to be created, MEP Maria João Rodgrigues told EutrActiv in an exclusive interview.

On the social dimension of a genuine Economic and Monetary Union

Social convergence should be a key consideration as member states embark on a new round of integration to complete the EMU, otherwise it will result in an intensification of competition between them and social dumping, writes Maria João Rodrigues.
Euro & Finance 25-10-2011

Euro zone crisis: Is the EU’s political suicide the only solution?

European leaders must be desperate to consider their main external partners, via the IMF, as the new solution to save the European economy. Should they accept this, they will enter world history as those who buried the European project and turned Europe into a second-rank actor, writes Maria Joao Rodrigues, a former Portuguese minister and adviser to the EU institutions.
Euro & Finance 18-07-2011

The deal we need to overcome the eurozone crisis

The euro zone needs greater European cohesion, more responsibility from its member states and increased coordination if it is to overcome the current crisis, argues Maria João Rodrigues in an exclusive op-ed for EURACTIV.
Euro & Finance 21-06-2011

For a new narrative on the euro zone

The euro zone needs a new narrative to overcome the current crisis or it runs the risk of a major political split, writes Maria João Rodrigues, a professor at the Institute of European Studies in Brussels and an advisor to the EU institutions, in an exclusive op-ed for EURACTIV.
Euro & Finance 18-02-2011

European pacts: Time for an economic union

Germany's proposal for a 'competitiveness pact' opens a unique opportunity to forge a real economic, not just monetary union, says Maria João Rodrigues, an economic policy professor and special advisor to the EU institutions. But she also warns about risks of serious divisions which have started to emerge.
Euro & Finance 03-12-2010

A new compromise for a sustainable euro zone

The euro zone is facing a systemic crisis, but exit or default are not solutions and a new compromise is needed between member states and financial investors, writes Maria João Rodrigues, professor of European Economic Policies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and a policy advisor to the EU institutions.
Euro & Finance 28-10-2010

Economic governance: What today’s EU summit debate might look like

The main concern underlying reform of EU economic governance is avoiding another debt crisis, but although this is key, Europe should also focus on fostering sustainable growth for future competitiveness, writes Maria Joao Rodrigues, professor of European economic policies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and a policy advisor to the EU institutions. In the sketch below, she simulates a debate on reforming economic governance.

EU policy guru: ‘Austerity plans risk stifling growth’

Austerity measures to cut public debt and rein in speculation on the euro are threatening to kill the fragile economic recovery, warned policymakers ahead of a summit aimed at strengthening budget discipline in the European Union. Maria João Rodrigues, former special advisor at the European Commission and an economics professor, spoke to EURACTIV in an interview.
Future EU 20-12-2007

Rodrigues: New treaty to allow EU to ‘shape globalisation’

The Treaty of Lisbon will allow the European Union to develop an effective response to the new realities of globalisation, while giving a significant boost to the Growth and Jobs agenda by creating more binding mechanisms for its implementation, Special Advisor to the Portuguese Prime Minister for the EU Presidency Maria Joao Rodrigues told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.