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Economic governance 17-07-2017

European fiscal board chief: ‘Stop talking about recovery, we are approaching normality’

Arguably, the EU’s economic governance framework is one of the most divisive issues among member states and top priority in Europe’s to-do list of outstanding reforms. Niels Thygesen does not shy away from this challenge. After questioning European Commission fiscal stance for this year recommendation, he proposed a return to a more ‘prudent’ orientation for 2018. In October, he will address one of the hottest topics: whether the application of the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP) unfairly favoured countries like France.

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.

Euro & Finance 01-02-2017

Member states warn EU fiscal supervision ‘inadequate’

Rules to control national spending are “complex” and the current approach is “inadequate”, the chair of the EU Network of Independent Fiscal Institutions, José Luis Escrivá, said on Tuesday (31 January).

Elections 26-01-2017

French presidential hopeful says EU’s ‘3% public deficit dogma must end’

During a TV debate yesterday evening (25 January), both contenders for the Socialist ticket in the French Presidential election said they would loosen the country’s purse strings, with Benoît Hamon going a step further by promising to end the EU's “3% deficit dogma”. EURACTIV France reports.

Euro & Finance 19-01-2017

Rutte and Schulz take the gloves off in front of Davos elite

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and former European Parliament President Martin Schulz clashed over the strategy to relaunch the Union, illustrating the deep division at Europe’s helm in front of the global audience of the World Economic Forum.

Euro & Finance 14-12-2016

EU leaders to turn a blind eye to Commission’s fiscal stimulus call

The European Council is expected to ignore the Commission’s call for €50 billion in eurozone stimulus, seen by the Commissioners as an “ambitious” step toward a budgetary union.

Euro & Finance 09-12-2016

European Fiscal Board chief: Commission’s analysis ‘made a bit too quickly’

The new European Fiscal Board began working just as the European Commission took the unprecedented step of proposing a fiscal target for the eurozone. The Board’s chief, Niels Thygesen told EURACTIV.com that the Commission should have done “more analysis” before proposing an expansionist stance.

Euro & Finance 17-11-2016

Brussels makes timid fiscal push to reverse austerity, counter populist wave

The European Commission stepped up its efforts to leave austerity behind on Wednesday (16 November) by advocating for the first time a timid expansionary fiscal policy for the eurozone and forgiving Spain and Portugal for breaching EU budget rules.

Euro & Finance 09-11-2016

Italy and Spain: A tale of two deficits

While Italy has opted for a confrontational approach to clinch budget spending leeway from the European Commission, Spain is hoping that better-than-expected growth will placate EU demands.

Euro & Finance 04-11-2016

Guindos’ reappointment hailed by Eurogroup, Commission

EU officials in Brussels welcomed the confirmation of Luis de Guindos as Spain's economic affairs minister for a second term. The man is considered as an “extremely able” envoy of the Madrid government.

Euro & Finance 20-10-2016

Commission’s top advisor championed market ‘discipline’ in crisis years

Niels Thygesen, the new chair of the European Fiscal Board, called for “ambiguity” in the eurozone’s rescue mechanisms in order to let investors “impose discipline” on national governments.

Euro & Finance 06-10-2016

Parliament secures extra time for Portugal and Spain before freezing EU funds

The European Parliament gave some leeway to Spain and Portugal on Thursday (6) before an expected suspension of EU funds takes place, as MEPs decided to continue their assessment by calling their finance ministers