Introductory statement by Mario Draghi, President of the ECB, and Luis de Guindos, Vice-President of the ECB, (Frankfurt am Main, 7 March 2019).
“Our first discussion topic today was euro area economic policies. We agreed five priorities for 2019 in the areas of: Growth enhancing structural reforms; Fiscal sustainability and public investment; Labour markets and social inclusion; Financial stability; and finally EMU deepening.”
This note presents information on the Eurogroup’s policy actions in relation to the 2018 euro area recommendations and provides an overview of the recommendations addressed to the euro area as a whole under the European Semester for 2019.
On 14 March 2019 DG ECFIN organizes the thirteenth meeting of the Network of Public Finance Economists working in public administrations. The meeting will cover two key challenges for European budgetary surveillance. First, the interrelations between fiscal policy and macroeconomic imbalances will be discussed. Second, the meeting will include discussions on the interplay between national fiscal rules and supranational fiscal rules, including in terms of compliance. The aim is to find best practices that could feed into policy advice in the future.