About: Mário Centeno

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.
Economy & Jobs 16-03-2020

Eurogroup chief: EU living ‘war-like’ conditions, long struggle lies ahead

Eurogroup chief Mario Centeno warned on Monday (16 March) that under the coronavirus outbreak the European economy is experiencing the equivalent of a war, and that a long struggle lies ahead.
Economy & Jobs 16-03-2020

EU ministers hold videoconference to agree coordinated economic coronavirus response

European Union finance ministers plan to agree on Monday (16 March) on a coordinated economic response to the coronavirus pandemic, with the European Commission forecasting the effects of the virus could push the EU into a recession. The action would...
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.
Economy & Jobs 18-02-2020

Eurozone ministers discuss fiscal boost options as coronavirus worries weigh

Euro zone finance ministers discussed ways to pursue a more growth-friendly fiscal policy mix on Monday (17 February), in a potential nudge to Germany and the Netherlands to spend more as fears of a downturn grow in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic.
Economy & Jobs 16-01-2020

In blow to Eurogroup head, EU Commission criticises Portugal’s budget

The European Commission said on Wednesday (15 January) that Portugal's draft budget for 2020 was at risk of breaking European Union fiscal rules because of insufficient progress in reducing its structural deficit.
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 .
05-12-2019

Eurogroup fails to move forward on eurozone reform

EU finance ministers failed to reach an agreement on Wednesday (4 December) on the reform of the EU's bailout fund and move to political discussions on the European Deposit Insurance Scheme ahead of the Euro summit next week.
Economy & Jobs 19-11-2019

Merkel ignores calls for bigger fiscal stimulus

German chancellor Angela Merkel resisted calls to increase public spending as pressure continues to grow from her country and abroad to avoid the austerity that worsened the euro crisis.
Economy & Jobs 12-03-2019

Eurogroup keeps anti-shock capacity for eurozone budget off the table

Eurogroup president Mario Centeno said late on Monday (11 March) that the future eurozone budget would not include a stabilisation function, despite insistance by France and a handful of other countries to broaden its scope.
Economic governance 20-11-2018

Italy’s revised budget ‘did not dispel concerns’, Eurogroup president says

Italy’s slightly modified budget might not get the green light from the European Commission, the president of the Eurogroup, Mario Centeno, told the Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee on Tuesday (20 November), raising the likelihood of an excessive deficit...
Economy & Jobs 20-08-2018

Commitments have to be respected, EU tells Greece

Greece will now be “a normal country” but the reforms and the ambitious fiscal targets agreed with its lenders must be respected,  the Commissioner for economic affairs, Pierre Moscovici, said on Monday, the day the Hellenic nation exited its bailout programme.
Economy & Jobs 26-06-2018

‘Differences’ persist on eurozone budget ahead of key EU summit

Eurogroup head Mário Centeno warned Monday (25 June) of differing opinions towards a plan by France and Germany to establish a eurozone budget, ahead of a key EU summit to discuss the matter.
Economy & Jobs 25-05-2018

Eurozone to decide terms of Greek bailout exit, debt relief in June

Eurozone finance ministers will decide next month on all measures, including further debt relief, needed for Greece to exit its bailout successfully, their chairman said on Thursday (24 May).
Economy & Jobs 14-03-2018

Portuguese PM: eurozone needs fiscal leg for stability, growth

The eurozone will never reach its full potential and may face a new crisis in the future without a fiscal capacity, Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa told the European Parliament on Wednesday (14 March).
Economy & Jobs 14-03-2018

Europe’s reform push faces reality check

The impulse to bolster the eurozone, sparked by Emmanuel Macron’s victory in France almost one year ago, is losing its vigour as political instability persists and a group of countries have solidified their opposition to bold changes.
Future EU 08-03-2018

EU Parliament expects more cooperation from Council on future appointments

The chair of the European Parliament's economic committee has written a curt letter to the president of the Eurogroup, asking for “greater cooperation” from the Council when it comes to high-level appointments. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Economy & Jobs 23-01-2018

Greece gets green light for fresh bailout cash

Eurozone finance ministers approved another 6.7 billion euros in bailout cash for Greece yesterday (22 January) after Athens pushed through controversial reforms that drew strikes and protests.
Banking union 18-01-2018

Berlin demands clarity on risk reduction for banking union

Germany said on Wednesday (17 January) that eurozone members should first agree on clear parameters for reducing risks in the banking sector before progress can be made toward completing a banking union through a deposit insurance scheme in the currency bloc.
Future EU 17-01-2018

Eurogroup head hails German coalition blueprint for eurozone reform

The Eurogroup's new president, Mario Centeno, has welcomed eurozone reform proposals agreed by Germany's two biggest parties in preliminary coalition talks.
Economy & Jobs 05-12-2017

Portugal scores again, landing Eurogroup presidency

Portuguese Finance minister Mário Centeno became on Monday the new president of the Eurogroup as he promised to bring consensus across the aisle to strengthen the eurozone. 
Economy & Jobs 04-12-2017

Battle to lead Eurogroup reaches climax

Eurozone finance ministers pick the replacement for Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem on Monday (4 December), with four countries led by Portugal battling for the challenge of guiding the eurozone currency bloc through much needed reforms.
Economy & Jobs 24-11-2017

Candidate list for Eurogroup chief to be published on 1 December

The chairman of euro zone finance ministers, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, will announce on 1 December the names of those who applied to succeed him, but there are still no clear front-runners for the election that will happen three days later.
Economic governance 17-03-2017

Dutch vote throws Eurogroup leadership into doubt

Jeroen Dijsselbloem could well lose his role as chair of the EU body coordinating eurozone policy after his party was routed in the Dutch election. But there is a chance he could retain his position even if he is no longer finance minister in a new coalition.

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