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14 June: Eurogroup President concerned about flexible application SGP

June 14, 2016

During a meeting of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committe of the European Parliament review the Dutch Presidency of the ECOFIN Council, he remarked: "If we have an agreement between us, it is important that all of us comply. The role of the Commission is crucial when it comes to interpretation of flexibility rules and […]

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20 July: EP wants say over possible suspension of funds

July 20, 2016

EP President Schulz told the European Commission on 20 July that his institution wants to have a say in a decision to suspend structural funds for Spain and Portugal, following the Council's decision of 12 July that both countries have failed to take effective action under the excessive deficit procedure. See the news coverage by Euractiv:

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3 October: structured dialogue between Commission and EP on suspending funds for Spain and Portugal

October 3, 2016

Following the Council decision of 12 July 2016 that both Spain and Portugal had under the excessive deficit procedure failed to take effective action in response to Council recommendations under article 126(8) TFEU, on 3 October a structured dialogue took place between the Commission and EP on one of the consequences of this decision, namely suspension […]

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22 November: European Parliament debates EU economic priorities and European Semester

November 22, 2016

Read the statement by the European Commission's Vice-President Dombrovskis here. The European Parliament's press release reads: "Various ways to avoid or cushion the negative impact of austerity were debated in Tuesday's morning debate with Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis on EU economic priorities in 2017 and yearly “European Semester” economic policy coordination work. While some MEPs […]

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17 December 2015: EP calls for more parliamentary oversight of euro area governance

December 18, 2015

The European Parliament's plenary on 17 December adopted a Resolution stating that more parliamentary oversight and public debate is needed to ensure democratic accountability and to get citizens on board. In the Resolution, prepared by MEP Roberto Gualtier, the European Parliament is calling for an Interinstitutional Agreement between the Commission, EP, Council and Eurogroup covering […]

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16 february: EP adopts resolution on euro area budgetary capacity

February 17, 2017

During the EP's plenary session, a resolution prepared by MEPs Reimer Böge (EPP, DE) en Pervenche Berès (S&D, FR) was adopted on a budgetary capacity for the euro area. The resolution states the following principles: "The transfer of sovereignty over monetary policy requires alternative adjustment mechanisms such as the implementation of growth-enhancing structural reforms, the […]

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2 December 2015: Conference of Presidents decides EP will establish bailout oversight

December 3, 2015

The Conference of Presidents of the political groups in the European Parliament has decided on 2 December that the European Parliament will establish the structure and the process for the oversight of financial adjustment programmes, following an earlier request by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras for EP oversight of the Greek bailout programme. Greens/EFA president […]

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31 January: European Parliamentary Week discusses economic governance

January 31, 2017

The 2017 European Parliamentary Week included a European Semester Conference (for the exchange information on best practices in implementing the Semester cycles, and to strengthen cooperation in order to scrutinise the actions of the executive at national and European levels within the framework of the European Semester cycle) and an interparliamentary Conference on Stability, Economic […]

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1 December 2015: EP committee adopts critical Resolution on Commission’s EMU plans

December 2, 2015

The European Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee has adopted a critical resolution on the European Commission's plans on Completing Europe's Economic and Monetary Union. A debate in the EP's plenary is scheduled for 14 December.

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10 April: ECB monetary dialogue with European Parliament

April 10, 2017

Today, Vítor Constâncio presented the ECB Annual Report for 2016 to the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee of the European Parliament. Read the ECB Vice-President's statement here.

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6 January : delay reported in EP oversight of euro area governance

January 7, 2016

See for more details the news coverage by Euractiv.

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4 April: European Commission discusses Greece with EP

April 4, 2017

Read the statement by Commissioner Moscovici here (in French).

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21 January: EP sets up working group for assistance oversight

January 21, 2016

The European Parliament's Conference of Presidents is reported to have made further decisions on the EP's involvement in oversight of the financial assistance programme for Greece. The Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee will be tasked with the oversight, and is to be assisted by a Financial Assistance Working Group (FAWG) comprising 30 MEPs, which will […]

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22 March: EP hearing with SRB chair

March 22, 2017

At the European Parliament, SRB chair Elke König discussed issues such as changes in the regulatory framework, the state of play of Minimum Requirements for own Funds and Eligible Liabilities (MREL) and the Single Resolution Fund. Read König's full statement to the European Parliament's Economic and Monetary affairs committee here.

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16 February: European and National Parliaments debate democratic accountability in economic governance

February 16, 2016

As part of the European Parliamentary Week, MEPs and members of national parliaments in the EU have debated ways to increase the democratic accountability of how the EU coordinates the economic policies of member states.

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15 February: Draghi tells EP that ECB monetary policy worked

February 15, 2016

Questioned by the EP's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee on Monday 15 February about the ECB's monetary policy, President Mario Draghi told MEPs: "Quantitative Easing and our monetary policy decisions worked. Almost half of the recovery over the last two years can be ascribed to our monetary policy. We have seen two years of gradual […]

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11 April: Commission discusses Greece with EP Working Group

April 11, 2016

After an invitation from Greek Prime Minister Tsipras, the European Parliament has created a Working Group within the ECON Committee, to strengthen its efforts to ensure a strong parliamentary scrutiny of financial assistance programmes. The first fact-finding mission of the ECON Working Group took place in Athens on 30 and 31 March 2016. The delegation […]

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26 April: EP discusses budgetary capacity for the euro area

April 26, 2016

On 26 April a joint meeting of the Committee on Budgets and the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs held a discussion in preparation for the non-legislative report on a budgetary capacity for the Eurozone, a report that is meant to look at consequences for the EU budget, complementarities and parliamentary control. Read the draft […]

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7 April: ECB presents annual report in EP

April 7, 2016

Read the introductory statement of ECB Vice-President Vítor Constâncio here.

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2 March: ECB discusses fiscal capacity for euro area at EP hearing

March 2, 2016

At the public hearing of the European Parliament, Benoît Cœuré, member of the Executive Board of the ECB, made the following introductory remarks: "I am grateful to the two rapporteurs and to the two committee chairs for holding this hearing today to advance the public debate on a fiscal capacity for the euro area. We […]

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30 May: EP discusses report on budgetary capacity for the eurozone

May 31, 2016

On Monday 30 May a joint meeting of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) and the Committee on Budgets (BUDG) of the European Parliament discussed a draft report by Rapporteurs Berès and Böge that identifies three functions for a fiscal capacity: convergence, absorption of asymmetrical and of symmetrical shocks. The rapporteurs identify […]

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