About: stability and growth pact

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.
Eric Schweitzer [Heinrich Böll Stiftung/Flickr]
Trade & Society 17-09-2014

German trade chief on Greece: ‘Sustainable stimulus only comes from the private economy’

German investments in Greece have been dwindling, but there is good news for Greco-German economic relations, explained Eric Schweitzer, outlining German investment and Greek growth in an interview with EURACTIV Greece.
EU Priorities 2020 23-06-2014

Sannino: Italy will turn the perfect storm into the perfect rainbow

After the eurozone's perfect storm, Europe can regain competitiveness and growth through an aggressive investment plan. The Italian presidency starting next week will do its utmost to push partners to adopt  measures  for the ‘perfect rainbow’ of sustainable recovery, said Italy's ambassador to the EU, Stefano Sannino, in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.

Monks: Austerity ‘too much, too fast’

Eurozone governments panicked at the onset of the Greek crisis and now there is a real risk that austerity measures, hastily adopted, might prompt a double-dip recession, John Monks, secretary-general of the European Trade Union Confederation, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Euro & Finance 13-09-2010

Waigel: ‘EU should have questioned Greece’s budget figures much sooner’

Theo Waigel, Germany’s former finance minister and one of the architects of the euro in the 1990s, says the Greek sovereign debt crisis has exposed the failure of the institutions underpinning the common currency, in particular the European Commission. He spoke to EURACTIV.de in an exclusive interview.

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.
EU Priorities 2020 19-05-2010

Slovak Deputy Minister: ‘Control over national budgets does not compromise sovereignty’

Europe can only overcome its national egotism and unite around a common cause when confronted with potentially disastrous crises, Peter Kažimír, state secretary at the Slovak Ministry of Finance, told EURACTIV.sk in an interview.
Future EU 06-02-2004

Full interview with Siim Kallas, the future Commissioner nominated by Estonia

The commissioner nominee for Estonia, Siim Kallas, comes with solid credentials for the job - a former prime minister and finance minister, he was also responsible for finalising the country's negotiations with the EU.

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