About: Olli Rehn

Enlargement 13-09-2016

Romania and Bulgaria were not ready for accession, EU auditors confess

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) lifted the veil on a little-known page of European history yesterday (12 September) when it revealed the Court had initially opposed the accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the EU.
Global Europe 22-08-2016

EU and Turkey: Time to act

The failure of the coup attempt in Turkey is celebrated as a victory for democracy by Turks. However, after rapidly condemning the coup, the EU’s weak solidarity has become a source of resentment for Ankara, writes Bahadir Kaleagasi.
Jean-Claude Juncker.
Elections 05-07-2016

How can the Commission president be replaced?

Nicholas Whyte contends that in the event of a vacancy at the top of the European Commission, the EPP vice-presidents are well-placed to fill it.
Development Policy 10-06-2015

Finland slashes development aid by 43%

The new centre-right Finnish government has decided to cut development aid by 43%, prompting furious reactions from NGOs and fears other EU countries will follow its example.
Edinburgh
Elections 03-09-2014

UK government: Independent Scotland can’t both rejoin the EU and keep the pound

An independent Scotland could not rejoin the EU if it used the pound informally, a senior British minister will say on Tuesday (9 September), according to a former top EU official. Scotland's historic independence referendum is less than three weeks away.
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INFOGRAPHIC: Who is who in the European Parliament? [Version 2.0]
EU Priorities 2020 08-07-2014

INFOGRAPHIC: Who is who in the European Parliament? [Version 2.0]

After a first plenary session and a series committee meetings in early July 2014, key positions were distributed in the European Parliament. The European Parliament’s 22 committees held their first meeting on Monday (7 July). On the agenda was the election of committee chairs and vice-chairs. The week before, MEPs gathered for the Parliament's first plenary session in Strasbourg, and elected a president, vice-presidents and quaestors. They also appointed the leader(s) of their faction. The final leading positions were settled after one Vice-President, Corina Cretu, was selected to take up a Commissioner role in Jean-Claude Juncker's EU executive team. Find an overview of the Parliament's key faces for 2014-2019 in our infographic.
EU Elections 2014 01-07-2014

Four of the seven Commissioners elected take MEP seats

Seven of the present EU Commissioners stood for European elections and all were elected. Commission President José Manuel Barroso announced today (1 July) that four of them will take their MEP seats, and informed of the temporary re-allocation of their portfolios, pending decisions of their replacements.
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Economy & Jobs 25-06-2014

Barroso confirms former Finnish PM Katainen as Economics Commissioner

Finland's former Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen will become the new European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, Commission President José Manuel Barroso confirmed on Wednesday.
Euro & Finance 25-06-2014

Outgoing Finland PM named to key EU economics post

Jyrki Katainen, Finland's outgoing prime minister, is to become the EU's interim Economics Affairs commissioner, replacing compatriot Olli Rehn, who is leaving to join the European Parliament, the EU said Wednesday (25 June).
Euro & Finance 04-06-2014

Lithuania ready to adopt euro, Commission says

Lithuania meets all the criteria for joining the euro, the European Commission said on Wednesday (4 June), clearing the way for the Baltic state to become the 19th member of the single currency from the start of next year.
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Economy & Jobs 04-06-2014

Lithuania ready to join euro from 2015, Commission says

Lithuania is ready to join the euro from 2015 and will become the 19th country to do so. This is the message that the European Commission sent on Wednesday as it released its 2014 Convergence Report, an assessment of how ready eight member states are to join the single currency.
Euro & Finance 02-06-2014

Hollande’s taxes blamed for France’s failure on Commission debt targets

France will miss its European Commission debt targets this year and in 2015 because it failed to curb spending on healthcare and pensions and increased corporate taxes, which stalled growth and jobs, the EU’s executive said today (2 June).
EU Elections 2014 27-05-2014

Think tank: no reason to rejoice about high EU election turnout

The relatively high turnout seen at this weekend's European elections was not driven by a sudden rise in interest about European matters, nor by the supposed election of a new President of the European Commission, analysts argue. Rather, it was driven by anger and the rejection of the European project, according to analysts from the Centre for European Policies Studies (CEPS).
Olli Rehn
EU Elections 2014 26-05-2014

Commissioners search for signals to decide their future

Seven Commissioners have won MEP seats, but four of them are undecided if they will take them or stay on as Commissioners, in order to maximise their chances for a better future outside the European Parliament, EURACTIV has learned.
Manuel Valls
Euro & Finance 17-04-2014

France will keep its promises, says Manuel Valls

The new prime minister reaffirmed France’s commitment to reducing its national deficit, and ending the government’s unclear stance on EU affairs. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 08-04-2014

New French cabinet tests German waters

France's new Socialist government delivered mixed messages yesterday (7 April) to Germany, its closest partner and the European Union's pivotal power, on its priorities for reducing the budget deficit and stepping up economic reforms to boost growth.
EU Priorities 2020 04-04-2014

New French cabinet shelves European affairs

The appointment of Arnaud Montebourg, and disputes over public debt, will complicate relations with Brussels. EURACTIV France reports.
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Economy & Jobs 01-04-2014

EU ministers agree 3-part bailout loan for Greece

Eurozone finance ministers approved on Tuesday the latest bailout aid for Greece, ending a six-month stand-off between Athens and its international lenders.
Euro & Finance 07-03-2014

Brussels rings French deficit alarm

The European Commission has issued a warning about imbalances in France's economy. But an excessive budget deficit threatens to expose the country to first-time sanctions.
Euro & Finance 07-03-2014

Brussels renews criticism of German trade surplus

In its latest macro-economic survey, the European Commission again pointed the finger at Germany's high export surplus. Serious imbalances were also detected in Italy and France, EURACTIV.de reports.
Euro & Finance 27-02-2014

Growing divergences between Paris and Brussels on deficits

The latest European Commission forecasts offer little hope that the French deficit will be brought below 3% by 2015, contrary to France's pledges, EURACTIV France reports.
Euro & Finance 26-02-2014

Economic recovery picking up, but risks remain, Commission says

European Commission Vice-President Olli Rehn, responsible for economic and monetary affairs, told the European Parliament yesterday (25 February) that the EU economy was recovering overall, but warned of the risks of “protracted low growth” if structural reforms were not implemented.
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Economy & Jobs 25-02-2014

EU forecasts mild economic growth, warns of high unemployment

'Recovery in the European Union is gaining ground'. With this message, EU commissioner Olli Rehn launched the bloc's winter economic forecast, showing higher growth in Europe than previously expected. Speaking at the European Parliament on Tuesday, Rehn said that the 18 eurozone countries would grow by 1.2% this year and 1.8% in 2015. But warning that signs of recovery are still 'modest', Rehn also highlighted that unemployment across the bloc remains too high.
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Economy & Jobs 28-01-2014

Eurogroup announces Lithuania’s hopes to join euro, warns Greece to speed up bailout talks

Lithuania hopes to join the euro in 2015, emulating its Baltic neighbours Latvia and Estonia. The announcement came after a meeting of eurozone finance ministers in Brussels on Monday, where the Eurgroup's head Jeroen (Yurun) Dijsselbloem said that Vilnius was 'very determined' to join the currency bloc. It is the country's second attempt to join, after an earlier failed bid when it missed a target for inflation.

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