Update – the Main Results are now available.
Agenda items include a debate on the state of play on own resources, an exchange of views on the presentation of the Presidency Work Programme, adoption of the Council Recommendation on the appointment of the President of the European Central Bank, adoption of the Country-Specific Recommendations for the European Semester, and information from the Netherlands delegation on aviation taxation and carbon pricing.
Looking back on 20 years of the euro, it is widely acknowledged that it has proved successful as the common currency of the euro area, and that it has also developed into a vehicle for international trade, having become the second most widely used currency in the world. However, this growing international role is not reflected in the external representation of the euro in international financial fora, notably the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Over the years, various attempts have been made to change this. The latest of these attempts came in the wake of the Five Presidents’ Report of 2015, which subsequently led to a Commission proposal for a Council decision on unified representation of the euro area in the IMF. The proposal aims to secure representation of the euro area on the IMF’s Executive Board through the creation of a single euro-area constituency, and by the Eurogroup in the remaining IMF bodies. Member States have shown reluctance to give up the current form of representation on the IMF Executive Board in favour of a unified euro-area constituency. Their objections are mainly geopolitical in nature. They tend to consider that their national interest is best served in the framework of the existing IMF governance structure. Although the proposal has been on Council’s table since 2015, there has been no visible progress to date, with the 2025 implementation deadline proposed by the Commission now called into question.
The analysis, carried out by the Economic Governance Support Unit, provides summaries of all external experts papers published on the request of the ECON Committee during the 8th parliamentary term (2014-2019). External expertise provide the papers in spring and in autumn of each year, aligned with the semi-annual work programmes of the Eurogroup.
On 6 June 2019 the Governing Council approved key parameters of the third series of targeted longer-term refinancing operations (TLTRO III). These operations, announced on 7 March 2019 and to start in September 2019 and end in March 2021, with a maturity of two years each, will apply an interest rate for each operation set at 10 basis points above the average rate applied to the Eurosystem’s main refinancing operations (MROs) over the life of the respective TLTRO. The rate applied to TLTRO III operations will be lower for counterparties whose eligible net lending between the end of March 2019 and the end of March 2021 exceeds their benchmark net lending. More detailed information on these technical parameters can be found in a related press release available on the ECB’s website.
This document gives an overview of key developments under the preventive and corrective arms of the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP) on the basis of (1) the latest Council decisions and recommendations in the framework of the SGP; (2) the latest comprehensive European Commission (COM) economic forecasts; and (3) the latest COM opinions on the Draft Budgetary Plans (DBPs) of euro area Member States. This document is regularly updated.
In line with the mandate of the Euro Summit of December 2018, the Eurogroup in inclusive format agreed on the main features of the budgetary instrument for convergence and competitiveness (BICC) for euro area, and for EMR II Member States on a voluntary basis. The instrument will strengthen the Economic and Monetary Union by supporting a higher degree of convergence and competitiveness within the euro area and participating Member States, hence contributing to the overall cohesion of the Union. It will help to strengthen the potential growth and to enhance the resilience and adjustment capacities of our economies as well as the mechanisms of economic governance.