In the Spanish general elections of 20 December 2015 Prime Minister Rajoy's Partido Popular (PP) received most votes, followed by the Socialist Party (PSOE), Podemos and Ciudadanos. The success of newcomer parties Podemos and Ciudadanos for the first time in decades makes the formation of a coalition government or minority government in Spain inevitable: neither […]Read More..
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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is pushing for the IMF to stay out of Greece's third bailout programme, leaving the eurozone to take full responsibility for overseeing economic reforms, the Financial Times reports in an interview. Tsipras' resentment of IMF involvement has been no secret, especially after he clashed on the matter with Germany on […]Read More..
In their meeting of 17/18 December 2015 the Heads of State and Government of the European Union discussed the migration crisis, the fight against terrorism, the British reform demands, the completion of the single market, and the Five Presidents' Report. On EMU, they concluded: "14. Further to the Five Presidents' report on completing the Economic […]Read More..
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 […]Read More..
Malte Kröger (firstname.lastname@example.org) is currently legal trainee (Referendar) at the Higher Regional Court of Hamburg and a PhD-candidate at the Albrecht Mendelssohn Bartholdy Graduate School of Law at Hamburg’s Law Faculty. Malte is the author of the Report on Luxembourg and the Report on Malta on this website, and is currently also completing the Report […]Read More..
Rita De Brito Gião Hanek is a lawyer and legal consultant working with governmental and nongovernmental organizations on public law, public international law and international human rights law projects and is also co-author of the Report on Portugal on this website Parliamentary approval of financial assistance provided under the ESM is not required in Portugal. […]Read More..
In its statement of 14 August 2015 on the ESM Programme for Greece, the Eurogroup stated: "The first tranche under the ESM programme of EUR 26 bn will consist of two sub-tranches. The first sub-tranche of EUR 10 bn will be made available immediately in a segregated account at the ESM for bank recapitalisation and […]Read More..
In an interview with Greek newspaper To Vima the Managing Director of the ESM Klaus Regling commented: "The monetary union was designed in a way that no exit of any country was anticipated. Therefore, there is no framework for that. Greece has agreed to implement reforms which are necessary so that its partners can provide […]Read More..
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The 8 December ECOFIN has discussed the issue of flexibility within the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP). The discussion follows the Communication of the European Commission of 13 January 2015 to other relevant institutions on how to make the best use of the flexibility within the existing rules on the SGP. The Communication gives clarifications […]Read More..
In the margins of the ECOFIN Council the Ministers of the 28 Member States issued the following statement on Banking Union and bridge financing arrangements for the Single Resolution Fund: "ECOFIN Ministers reaffirm the importance of deepening the Banking Union in the context of a well-functioning Economic and Monetary Union. Following the successful establishment of […]Read More..
ADEMU Workshop announcement 11 December: Legal and Institutional Dimensions of EMU. Economists and Legal Scholars in DiscussionDecember 7, 2015
Legal and Institutional Dimensions of EMU: Economists and Legal Scholars in Discussion European University Institute 11 December 2015 Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia The purpose of this workshop is to begin discussions on four key areas in which actual or proposed changes to EMU can meet with legal and institutional constraints or raise important issues of […]Read More..
Latvians do not trust Greeks or how Latvia approved the Third Greek Bailout: Parliamentary involvement – by Zane RasnačaDecember 5, 2015
Zane Rasnača is PhD Researcher in Law at the European University Institute and author of the ‘Report on Latvia’ on this website. The tumultuous road towards Latvian support for the Third Greek Bailout was marked by strong scepticism from both politicians and the general public. Already in late 2013 when Latvia was in the process […]Read More..
The ECB Governing Council has decided to extend one of its non-standard monetary policy measure, the asset purchase programme (APP). The monthly purchases of €60 billion under the APP are now intended to run until the end of March 2017, or beyond, if necessary, and in any case until the Governing Council sees a sustained […]Read More..
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 […]Read More..
The Board of Directors of the ESM has decided to release €2.72 billion to Greece to recapitalise Piraeus Bank. The decision came after approval by the European Commission of additional state aid based on the bank’s amended restructuring plan.Read More..
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.Read More..
In line with article 11(2) of the Intergovernmental Agreement on the Single Resolution Fund, the agreement has entered into force after ratification by enough parites (more specifically representing 90% of the aggregate of the weighted votes of all the Member States participating in the Single Supervisory Mechanism and the Single Resolution mechanism). This means that […]Read More..
The European Commission has presented a proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and the Council on the establishment of the Structural Reform Support Programme for the period 2017-2020. Member States may benefit from support in addressing challenges as regards the design and implementation of institutional, structural and administrative reforms. The intention is to […]Read More..
The European Commission has launched the annual economic governance cycle of 2016 presenting the Annual Growth Survey. The Commission recommends building on the three main pillars for the EU's economic and social policy: re-launching investment, pursuing structural reforms, and responsible fiscal policies. The package presented reflects the new approach to the European Semester set out […]Read More..
The Commission has presented its Alert Mechanism Report 2016, the annual starting point of the Macroeconomic Imbalances Procedure. Based on a scoreboard of indicators, the Alert Mechanism Report identifies countries for which a closer analysis (in-depth review) is deemed necessary. The outcome of these in-depth reviews forms the basis for further steps under the Macroeconomic […]Read More..
The European Commission has adopted a proposal for a regulation establishment a European Deposit Insurance Scheme (EDIS) based on article 114 TFEU. The would be mandatory for euro area Member States and open to non-euro area Member States willing to join the banking union. See also the Commission's press release and these factsheets prepared by […]Read More..
President of Portugal Anibal Cavaco Silva appointed Socialist Leader Antonio Costa as the new Prime Minister after the early collapse of the minority right wing government that took office after the elections of October 4. The President asked for guarantees from the leftwing parties, concerning the 2016 budget, EU budgetary rules, Portugal's NATO commitments, the […]Read More..
Today the Board of Directors of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) authorised the disbursement of €2 billion to Greece, following, following the Greek government’s completion of the first set of milestones and a positive statement by the Eurogroup: "The Eurogroup welcomes the completion by the Greek authorities of the first set of milestones and the […]Read More..
Today the following statement was adopted by the Eurogroup: "The close coordination of Member States' fiscal policies significantly contributes to the strength and cohesion of the euro area. This cohesion and appreciation of common challenges is all the more important when policy-making is confronted by major challenges and uncertainty such as now following the events […]Read More..
Read the statement by the European Commission, ECB and IMF: Staff teams from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Commission (EC), in liaison with the European Central Bank (ECB), visited Nicosia during November 3-13 to review Cyprus’s economic reform programme. Cyprus’s programme, which is supported by financial assistance from the European Stability Mechanism […]Read More..
Following a petition signed by the necessary 50.000 citizens, Finland's Parliament in 2016 will debate whether to leave the euro. The objective of the petition is to have a referendum on euro membership, but this will only happen if supported by Parliament. For more details, see Euractiv.Read More..
The Greek Parliament has approved a set of prior actions, including a home foreclosures bill, part of a deal between Greece on the one hand and the European Commission, ECB, ESM and IMF on the other hand on the measures needed for approval by the eurozone Finance Ministers of a disbursement of € 2 billion. […]Read More..
After French Prime Minister Valls announced that increased security spending will prevent France from respecting its EU budget deficit target, Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Moscovici commented that "The security of citizens is the absolute priority, and the commission will show full understanding." See for further reporting Reuters, EUObserver and The Guardian.Read More..
The Greek government is reported to have reached a deal with the European Commission, ECB, ESM and IMF on the measures needed for approval by the eurozone Finance Ministers of the disbursement of € 2 billion. Last week the Eurogroup failed to gave a green light to the disbursement. For more details see the news […]Read More..
The Commission has published its opinions on the national draft budgetary plans. All eurozone member states apart from Portugal (elections), Greece and Cyprus (both subject to a macroeconomic adjustment programme) had presented their draft budgetary plans in accordance with Regulation No 473/2013 (two-pack). The Commission urges Portugal to submit a draft budgetary plan as soon […]Read More..
From 9-13 November staff from the Commission, in liaison with the ECB and in coordination with the IMF carried out the fourth post-programme surveillance mission to Ireland. See the Commission or ECB press release for more details.Read More..
A vote of no confidence by 123 out of 230 MPs today brought the Portuguese minority government led by Pedro Passos Coelho down, when both the government program and the budget were rejected. This early exit of the minority government follows the decision by President Cavaco Silva not to have a left-wing coalition government because […]Read More..
Today, British Prime Minister David Cameron has sent a letter to President of the European Council Donald Tusk, outlining the areas where the UK is seeking reforms to address the concerns of the British people over British membership of the European Union. He also gave a speech on Europe at Chatham House, setting out the […]Read More..
No deal was reached (yet) at Monday's Eurogroup on disbursement of a next tranche of € 2 billion to Greece, nor to release the linked € 10 billion reserved for bank recapitalisation, as creditors and Greece disagree on the details of foreclosure legislation (the protection offered to homeowners). See for more detailed news coverage EUObserver […]Read More..
The Greek Parliament on Friday approved new measures ahead of the eurogroup meeting of Monday 9 November which is to decide on a disbursement of 2 billion euro's. For detailed news coverage see the Financial Times and Repubblica.Read More..
4 November 2015: Speech by Dijsselbloem on private risk buffering and banking union, capital markets union and a European fiscal capacityNovember 6, 2015
At the Tatra Summit in Bratislava, President of the Eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem held a speech on the medium- and long-term of EMU, discussing what is the best way forward to strengthen the risk-absorbing capacity of the eurozone and to assure build-in stabilisation tools.Read More..
Chancellor George Osborne gave a speech in Berlin at the BDI (Germany's industry body) in which he provide more details about what the UK Government wants to see changed in the EU. This is what he had to say about fixing the relationship between the member states in the Eurozone and those outside the Eurozone: […]Read More..
Païvi Leino-Sandberg is Adjunct Professor of EU Law, Academy of Finland Research Fellow, University of Helsinki and co-author of the Report on Finland available on this website. (This comment first appeared on the EU Law Analysis Blog: http://eulawanalysis.blogspot.be/2015/11/further-development-of-emu-should.html) The June 2012 the President of the European Council presented a report to the European Council setting out […]Read More..
The Greek Parliament on 31 October adopted a bill allowing for the injection of funds into the financial sector. This coincided with the publication by the ECB of stress test results indicating that the 4 biggest Greek banks (National Bank of Greece, Piraeus, Alpha Bank and Eurobank) needed recapitalisation. See for detailed news coverage Reuters […]Read More..