About: structural reforms

Economy & Jobs 14-04-2021

Parliament to look into Commission’s multi-million bill with consultancy firms

The European Parliament will examine the European Commission’s sizeable expenditure on big consultancy firms, recently revealed by EURACTIV.com, and propose a different approach to limit their influence in structural reforms, the chair of the Parliament’s budgetary control committee has said. 
Economy & Jobs 01-06-2018

Unemployment peaks to trigger new investment shield

A spike in unemployment numbers would give EU countries access to €30 billion of soft loans to maintain investment in times of economic turbulences, according to proposals unveiled by the European Commission on Thursday (31 May).
Euro & Finance 18-11-2016

Schäuble praises progress made by Spain, takes aim at Moscovici

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has praised Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy for the "great progress" he has made in structural reforms and refuted EU claims that Germany should be spending more to stimulate growth. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Euro & Finance 09-12-2015

Member states limit new flexibility clauses in EU fiscal pact

EXCLUSIVE / EU member states believe the European Commission is giving too much breathing space to struggling national economies when applying the Stability and Growth Pact, and decided to adopt a more restrictive view of EU fiscal rules, according to an official paper seen by EURACTIV.
Euro & Finance 12-10-2015

Europe needs a new economic reform agenda

Europe's governments must make tough reforms to bring back competitiveness and prosperity to EU economies, writes Gunnar Hökmark.
Euro & Finance 26-02-2015

Brussels demands more ambitious reforms from France

The European Commission is expecting to receive a new programme of structural reforms from Paris by April, despite the recent adoption of the Macron bill. EURACTIV France reports
EU Priorities 2020 28-11-2014

French, German economists offer plan to counter EU ‘stagnation’

Warning that Europe risks a "stagnation trap", leading French and German economists proposed reforms and investments to revive growth in the eurozone's two biggest economies, but Berlin swiftly dismissed a key proposal to boost its public investment.
Trade & Society 09-12-2013

France is the ‘sick man’ of Europe, says EU think-tank

A controversial study by The Lisbon Council, a Brussels think-tank, says France is the sick man of Europe and singles out resistance to change as being responsible for a large part of the country's woes.
Euro & Finance 30-05-2013

France placed under EU reform scrutiny

The European Commission told France on Wednesday (29 May) to cut labour costs, reform its pension system and open up its protected markets in exchange for a two-year respite to bring its budget deficit under 3% of GDP. French President François Hollande replied swiftly, saying “the Commission cannot dictate what we should do”.
Future EU 18-04-2012

Attali: A federal Europe is the only way out of the crisis

?The only way to save the euro and get Europe out its financial crisis while maintaining people’s living standards is to have a more integrated union, the economist Jacques Attali said in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.
Euro & Finance 11-04-2012

Spain denies bailout talks

Spain's economy minister and European Union officials denied yesterday (10 April) that the country needed an international bailout, following Greece, Ireland and Portugal.
Euro & Finance 04-04-2012

EU: Portugal reforms on track, no need for a second bailout

Portugal is making progress with reforms aimed at bringing its finances back to health and should be able to return to markets in 2013 as planned, the European Commission said yesterday (3 April).
Euro & Finance 21-02-2012

Greek bailout gambles on mass privatisations, wage cuts

The eurozone's second attempt at reversing Greece's economic fortunes will rely heavily on mass privatisations and brutal salary cuts aimed at transforming the debt-laden country into a competitive, export-driven economy by 2014, EU officials said.

Top-paying jobs grow but that’s not all good news, say analysts

As modest growth figures fail to dim fears of recession and employment data do not restore confidence in a recovery, experts flag a ‘worrying’ crisis outcome if structural reforms are not taken promptly to adapt the workforce to new business needs. 
Elections 23-11-2011

Brussels confident Italy’s Monti will balance budget

After talks with the new Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, Commission President José Manuel Barroso said he was confident that Italy would deliver the needed structural reforms to balance the budget. 
Euro & Finance 09-11-2011

China’s senior banker wants IMF reform before EU aid

China cannot afford to have Europe fail: If help is needed, it will be considered through the International Monetary Fund (IMF). But the priority remains to finalise the IMF quotas reform, Xie Duo, a senior official at China's central bank, said in an interview with EURACTIV.
Euro & Finance 27-10-2011

Berlusconi’s reform plan reassures EU leaders

Italy’s EU colleagues expressed satisfaction with the contents of a letter brought to the summit yesterday (26 October) by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi setting out Rome’s intention to rein in public expenditure and counter contagion from Greece’s sovereign debt crisis. EU SUMMIT LIVE!