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Reviewing the EU fiscal framework

What are the positive and negative developments and is there scope for improvement?

Date: November 22, 2018, 12:30 pm Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance

VIDEO & AUDIO RECORDINGS


SUMMARY

On 10 October 2018, the European Fiscal Board (EFB) published its second annual report. The report reviews the way the EU fiscal framework was implemented in 2017, highlighting positive and negative developments and scope for improvement. It welcomes the return to some timid fiscal consolidation in 2017 in the euro area as a whole, based on current estimates. At the same time, the Board regrets that some Member States with large fiscal imbalances missed the opportunity of the solid economic expansion to reduce their high public debt faster and build fiscal buffers. Flexibility should work symmetrically: after the fiscal framework was softened during the recovery, requirements should have been tightened and compliance more strictly ensured in better economic times. Looking ahead, the report proposes a simpler and more effective Stability and Growth Pact (SGP) than the current one.

EVENT MATERIALS

Presentation by Prof. Niels Thygesen

Schedule

Nov 22, 2018

12:30-13:00

Lunch and Check-in

13:00-14:30

Discussion

Anne-Laure Delatte, Deputy Director, CEPII

Niels Thygesen, Chairman, European Fiscal Board

14:30

End

Speakers

Niels Thygesen

Chairman, European Fiscal Board

Anne-Laure Delatte

Deputy Director, CEPII

Location & Contact

Bruegel, Rue de la Charité 33, 1210 Brussels

Katja Knezevic

katja.knezevic@bruegel.org

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