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2010/0279(COD) Economic governance: enforcement measures to correct excessive macroeconomic imbalances in the euro area. 'Six pack'

Progress: Procedure completed

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead ECON HAGLUND Carl (icon: ALDE ALDE) HÜBNER Danuta Maria (icon: PPE PPE)
Committee Opinion BUDG
Committee Opinion EMPL BERÈS Pervenche (icon: S&D S&D) Thomas HÄNDEL (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL)
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Legal Basis:
TFEU 121-p6

Events

2014/11/28
   EC - Follow-up document
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The Commission has presented a review of the various legislative texts known as the “six-pack” and “ two-pack ” to strengthen the economic governance of the European Union. This review analyses to what extent the new rules introduced have been effective in achieving the objectives of ensuring closer coordination of economic policies.

The legislative packages aim to:

· more closely coordinate economic policies through a strengthening of budgetary surveillance under the Stability and Growth Pact;

· introduce a new procedure in the area of macroeconomic imbalances ;

· establish a framework for dealing with countries experiencing difficulties with financial stability;

· to proceed with codification in legislation, in the form of the European Semester, of integrated economic and budgetary surveillance.

Taking into account the short experience of their operation, with the six-pack entering into force in end-2011 and the two-pack only in mid-2013, the Commission considers it difficult to draw conclusions on the effectiveness of the regulations.

In the Macroeconomic Imbalance Procedure (MIP) (see also Regulation (EU) No 1176/2011 ), the surveillance of economic policies of the Member States was broadened beyond budgetary issues, including to external imbalances, competitiveness, asset prices, and internal and external debt.

The following main tools were introduced:

· the Alert Mechanism Report : it aims to identify the Member States for which a detailed scrutiny (an In-Depth Review) is necessary before concluding whether imbalances or excessive imbalances exist;

· the In Depth Reviews (IDRs): they identify policy challenges and policy options with the aim of preparing policy recommendations, and contributing to dialogue with the EU institutions and with the relevant Member States.

In the preventive arm of the procedure , should an imbalance be identified, policy recommendations can be adopted, as part of the country-specific recommendations which the Commission puts forward at the end of the European Semester. An excessive imbalance procedure (the corrective arm of the MIP) may be launched for the Member States experiencing excessive imbalances.

Under the corrective arm , the Member States concerned are requested to prepare corrective action plans, the implementation of which is regularly monitored. Financial sanctions may be imposed on the euro area Member States if their corrective action plans are not appropriate given the challenges.

Employment and social indicators are being introduced into the macroeconomic imbalances procedure to gain better understanding of the labour market and social developments and risks.

Assessment :

The Excessive Imbalance Procedure has not yet been implemented so far . In 2013 and 2014, the Commission has identified excessive imbalances on five occasions, but did not submit a proposal for their formal establishment by the Council so the procedure was not triggered.

In both years, the Commission was of the view that the policies outlined by the relevant governments (Spain and Slovenia in 2013, and Italy, Croatia and Slovenia in 2014) in their national reform programmes and stability (or convergence) programmes were appropriate to the respective challenges identified in the IDRs. In each of these cases, the Commission used the inherent flexibility in the Procedure framework to put in motion a specific and close monitoring of policy implementation, also contributing to peer pressure, real-time assessment of action and promoting reform action in the Member States.

In conclusion , if the review has revealed some strengths, it also shows possible areas for improvement, concerning transparency and complexity of policy making , and their impact on growth, imbalances and convergence.

According to the Commission, a proper involvement of national Parliaments remains crucial in ensuring the legitimacy of Member States' action. At EU level, the European Parliament has a key role to play, notably through “economic dialogues”, which have ensured that institutional actors have been regularly held to account on the main issues related to economic governance.

The Commission plans to discuss these points with the European Parliament and the Council in the coming months.

2011/11/23
   Final act published in Official Journal
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PURPOSE: to strengthen economic governance in the EU – and more specifically in the euro area – as part of the EU's response to the current difficulties on sovereign debt markets ( enforcement measures to correct excessive macroeconomic imbalances in the euro area).

LEGISLATIVE ACT: Regulation ( EU) No 1174/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council on enforcement measures to correct excessive macroeconomic imbalances in the euro area.

CONTENT: on the basis of a compromise reached with the European Parliament, the Council adopted a package of six legislative proposals (“six-pack”) aiming to strengthen economic governance in the EU – and more specifically in the euro area.

The measures set out to ensure the degree of coordination necessary to avoid the accumulation of excessive imbalances and to ensure sustainable public finances. This will help the EU's monetary union to function properly in the long term.

They consist of:

a regulation amending regulation 1466/97 on the surveillance of Member States budgetary and economic policies; a regulation amending regulation 1467/97 on the EU's excessive deficit procedure; a regulation on the enforcement of budgetary surveillance in the euro area ; a regulation on the prevention and correction of macroeconomic imbalances; a regulation on enforcement measures to correct excessive macroeconomic imbalances in the euro area ; a directive on requirements for the Member States' budgetary frameworks .

The main elements of this Regulation are as follows:

Scope : this Regulation lays down a system of sanctions for the effective correction of excessive macroeconomic imbalances in the euro area.

Sanctions : an interest-bearing deposit shall be imposed by a Council decision, acting on a recommendation from the Commission, if a Council decision establishing non-compliance is adopted in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 1176/2011, where the Council concludes that the Member State concerned has not taken the corrective action recommended by the Council.

An annual fine shall be imposed by a Council decision , acting on a recommendation by the Commission, where:

(a) two successive Council recommendations in the same imbalance procedure as regards excessive imbalances and the Council considers that the Member State has submitted an insufficient corrective action plan; or

(b) two successive Council decisions in the same imbalance procedure as regards excessive imbalances. In this case, the annual fine shall be imposed by means of converting the interest-bearing deposit into an annual fine.

The abovementioned decisions shall be deemed adopted by the Council unless it decides, by qualified majority, to reject the recommendation within 10 days of its adoption by the Commission. The Council may decide, by qualified majority, to amend the recommendation.

The interest-bearing deposit or the annual fine recommended by the Commission shall be 0.1% of the GDP in the preceding year of the Member State concerned .

Allocation of the fines: fines shall be assigned to the European Financial Stability Facility. When the Member States whose currency is the euro create another stability mechanism to provide financial assistance in order to safeguard the stability of the euro area as a whole, those fines shall be assigned to that mechanism.

Review : by 14 December 2014 and every 5 years thereafter, the Commission shall publish a report on the application of this Regulation. The report shall evaluate, inter alia: (a) the effectiveness of this Regulation; (b) the progress in ensuring closer coordination of economic policies and sustained convergence of economic performances of the Member States in accordance with the TFEU.

Where appropriate, that report shall be accompanied by a proposal for amendments to this Regulation. The Commission shall send the report and any accompanying proposals to the European Parliament and to the Council.

ENTRY INTO FORCE: 13/12/2011.

2011/11/16
   CSL - Draft final act
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2011/11/16
   CSL - Final act signed
2011/11/16
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2011/11/09
   EC - Commission response to text adopted in plenary
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2011/11/08
   EP/CSL - Act adopted by Council after Parliament's 1st reading
2011/11/08
   CSL - Council Meeting
2011/09/28
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
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The European Parliament adopted by 395 votes to 63, with 206 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on enforcement measures to correct excessive macroeconomic imbalances in the euro area.

The report had been sent back to the competent committee on 23 June 2011 to be re-examined.

Parliament adopted its position in first reading in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure. The amendments adopted in plenary are the result of a compromise negotiated between Parliament and Council. The Commission’s proposal was amended as follows:

Economic governance : the amended text stresses the need for improved economic governance in the Union, which should be built on stronger national ownership of commonly agreed rules and policies and on a more robust surveillance framework at the Union level of national economic policies.

Parliament recalls that the improved economic governance framework should rely on several inter-linked policies for sustainable growth and jobs, which need to be coherent with each other, in particular:

a Union strategy for growth and jobs, with particular focus upon development and strengthening of the internal market, fostering international trade and competitiveness, an effective framework for preventing and correcting excessive government deficit (the Stability and Growth Pact), a robust framework for preventing and correcting macro-economic imbalances, minimum requirements for national budgetary frameworks, enhanced financial market regulation and supervision.

The coordination of the economic policies of the Member States within the Union should be developed in the context of the broad economic policy guidelines and the employment guidelines.

Strengthening of Commission’s role : the Commission should have a stronger role in the enhanced surveillance procedure as regards assessments that are specific to each Member State, monitoring, missions, recommendations and warnings.

Subject matter and scope : it is clarified that the Regulation lays down a system of sanctions for effective correction of excessive macroeconomic imbalances in the euro area

Economic Dialogue : in order to enhance the dialogue between the Union institutions, in particular the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission, and to ensure greater transparency and accountability, the competent committee of the European Parliament may invite the President of the Council, the Commission and, where appropriate, the President of the Eurogroup to appear before the committee to discuss decisions taken pursuant to the Regulation.

The competent committee of the European Parliament may offer the opportunity to the Member State concerned by such decisions to participate in an exchange of views.

Sanctions : the amended text states that an interest-bearing deposit shall be imposed by a Council decision, acting on a recommendation by the Commission, if a Council decision on corrective action is where the Council concludes that the Member State concerned has not taken the recommended corrective action following a recommendation.

A yearly fine shall be imposed by a Council decision, acting on a recommendation by the Commission, if:

two successive Council recommendations in the same imbalance procedure are adopted where the Council considers, that the Member State has submitted an insufficient corrective action plan; two successive Council decisions in the same imbalance procedure are adopted declaring non-compliance. The fine shall be imposed by means of converting the interest-bearing deposit imposed into a yearly finance.

The decisions shall be deemed adopted by the Council unless it decides, by qualified majority, to reject the recommendation within ten days of the Commission adopting it . The Council may amend the recommendation acting by qualified majority.

The interest-bearing deposit or the yearly fine to be recommended by the Commission shall be 0.1% of the GDP of the Member State concerned in the preceding year .

The Commission may, on grounds of exceptional economic circumstances or following a reasoned request by the Member State concerned addressed to the Commission within ten days of conditions referred to in the text being met , propose to reduce the amount of the interest-bearing deposit or the fine or to cancel it.

Allocation of the fines : fines shall be assigned to the European Financial Stability Facility. By the moment another stability mechanism to provide financial assistance is created by Member States whose currency is the euro in order to safeguard the stability of the euro area as a whole, the fines shall be assigned to that last mechanism.

Review : within three years after the entry into force of the Regulation and every five years thereafter, the Commission shall publish a report on the application of the Regulation., and shall evaluate, inter alia: (a) the effectiveness of the regulation; (b) the progress in ensuring closer coordination of economic policies and sustained convergence of economic performances of the Member States in accordance with the Treaty.

Where appropriate, this report shall be accompanied by a proposal for amendments to the Regulation. The report and any accompanying proposals shall be forwarded to the European Parliament and the Council.

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2011/06/23
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2011/06/23
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
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The European Parliament adopted, by 368 votes to 80 with 209 abstentions a legislative resolution amending, in the first reading of the ordinary legislative procedure, the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on enforcement measures to correct excessive macroeconomic imbalances in the euro area. The vote on the resolution has been postponed to a later sitting. The main amendments are as follows:

Economic governance : Parliament recalls that the improved economic governance framework should rely on several inter-linked policies for sustainable growth and jobs, which need to be coherent with each other, in particular : (i) a Union strategy for growth and jobs, with particular focus upon development and strengthening of the internal market, (ii) fostering international trade and competitiveness, (iii) an effective framework for preventing and correcting excessive government deficit (the Stability and Growth Pact), (iv a robust framework for preventing and correcting macro-economic imbalances, (v) minimum requirements for national budgetary frameworks,(vi) enhanced financial market regulation and supervision.

The coordination of the economic policies of the Member States within the Union should be developed in the context of the broad economic policy guidelines and the employment guidelines,

Strengthening of Commission’s role : the Commission should have a stronger role in the enhanced surveillance procedure as regards assessments that are specific to each Member State, monitoring, missions, recommendations and warnings.

Subject matter and scope : it is clarified that the Regulation lays down a system of sanctions for effective correction of excessive macroeconomic imbalances in the euro area

Sanctions: the amended text states that an interest-bearing deposit shall be imposed by a Council decision, acting on a recommendation by the Commission, if a Council decision on corrective action is where the Council concludes that the Member State concerned has not taken the recommended corrective action following a recommendation.

A yearly fine shall be imposed by a Council decision, acting on a recommendation by the Commission, if:

two successive Council recommendations in the same imbalance procedure are adopted where the Council considers, that the Member State has submitted an insufficient corrective action plan; two successive Council decisions in the same imbalance procedure are adopted declaring non-compliance.

The fine shall be imposed by means of converting the interest-bearing deposit imposed into a yearly finance.

The decisions shall be deemed adopted by the Council unless it decides, by qualified majority, to reject the recommendation within ten days of the Commission adopting it. The Council may amend the recommendation acting by qualified majority.

The interest-bearing deposit or the yearly fine to be recommended by the Commission shall be 0.1% of the GDP of the Member State concerned in the preceding year.

The Commission may, on grounds of exceptional economic circumstances or following a reasoned request by the Member State concerned addressed to the Commission within ten days of conditions referred to in the text being met , propose to reduce the amount of the interest-bearing deposit or the fine or to cancel it.

Allocation of the fines: fines shall be assigned to the European Financial Stability Facility. By the moment another stability mechanism to provide financial assistance is created by Member States whose currency is the euro in order to safeguard the stability of the euro area as a whole, the fines shall be assigned to that last mechanism.

Economic Dialogue : in order to enhance the dialogue between the Union institutions, in particular the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission, and to ensure greater transparency and accountability, the competent committee of the European Parliament may invite the President of the Council, the Commission and, where appropriate, the President of the Eurogroup to appear before the committee to discuss decisions taken pursuant to the Regulation.

The competent committee of the European Parliament may offer the opportunity to the Member State concerned by such decisions to participate in an exchange of views.

Review: within three years after the entry into force of the Regulation and every five years thereafter, the Commission shall publish a report on the application of the Regulation., and shall evaluate, inter alia: (a) the effectiveness of the regulation; (b) the progress in ensuring closer coordination of economic policies and sustained convergence of economic performances of the Member States in accordance with the Treaty.

Where appropriate, this report shall be accompanied by a proposal for amendments to the Regulation. The report and any accompanying proposals shall be forwarded to the European Parliament and the Council.

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2011/06/22
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2011/06/20
   CSL - Debate in Council
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The Council agreed unanimously an updated general approach on a package of legislative proposals on economic governance, with the aim of enabling negotiations with the European Parliament to be concluded in time for the European Council meeting on 23 and 24 June.

It will inform the Parliament of its compromise text by a letter to be sent by the chairman of the Permanent Representatives Committee on 21 June.

The proposals set out to strengthen economic governance in the EU – and more specifically within the euro area – as part of the EU's response to the challenges highlighted by recent turmoil on sovereign debt markets.

The Council reached agreement on a general approach on 15 March, opening the way for the negotiations with the Parliament.

Recognising that existing EU instruments have not generated a satisfactory decline in public debt levels and have catered insufficiently for macroeconomic imbalances, the proposals are aimed at enhancing budgetary discipline in the Member States and broadening the surveillance of their economic policies. They implement the recommendations of a task force, chaired by the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, which concluded that the EU's monetary union will not be able to function properly in the long term without increased economic policy coordination .

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2011/06/20
   CSL - Council Meeting
2011/05/17
   CSL - Debate in Council
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The Council took note of a report from the presidency on progress in negotiations with the European Parliament on a package of legislative proposals on economic governance.

Taking note of the views expressed by delegations, the presidency called on all parties to remain constructive and show the degree of flexibility that will be necessary to enable an agreement to be reached in June, as called for by the European Council.

The proposals set out:

to strengthen economic governance in the EU – and more specifically within the euro area – as part of the EU's response to the challenges highlighted by recent turmoil on sovereign debt markets. The Council reached agreement on a general approach in March, opening the way for the negotiations with the Parliament; to enhance budgetary discipline in the Member States and broaden the surveillance of their economic policies , thus implementing the recommendations of a task force chaired by the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy.

The package consists of:

a draft regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 1466/97 on the surveillance and coordination of Member States' budgetary and economic policies; a draft regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 1467/97 on the excessive deficit procedure; a draft regulation on the enforcement of budgetary surveillance in the euro area; a draft regulation on the prevention and correction of macroeconomic imbalances; a draft regulation on enforcement measures to correct excessive macroeconomic imbalances in the euro area; a draft directive on requirements for the Member States' budgetary frameworks.

Four of the proposals deal with reform of the EU's Stability and Growth Pact , enhancing the surveillance of fiscal policies, introducing provisions on national fiscal frameworks, and applying enforcement measures for non-compliant Member States more consistently and at an earlier stage. The other two proposals target macroeconomic imbalances within the EU.

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2011/05/17
   CSL - Council Meeting
2011/05/05
   ESC - Economic and Social Committee: opinion, report
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2011/04/29
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
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2011/04/29
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
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2011/04/19
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
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The Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs adopted the report drafted by Carl HAGLUND (ADLE, FI) on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on enforcement measures to correct excessive macroeconomic imbalances in the euro area.

It recommended that the European Parliament’s position adopted at first reading, under the ordinary legislative procedure, should be to amend the Commission proposal as follows:

Economic governance : Members recall that the improved economic governance framework should rely on several inter-linked policies for sustainable growth and jobs, which need to be coherent with each other, in particular: (i) a Union strategy for growth and jobs, with particular focus upon development and strengthening of the internal market; (ii) fostering international trade and competitiveness; (iii) an effective framework for preventing and correcting excessive budgetary positions (the Stability and Growth Pact); (iv) a robust framework for preventing and correcting macro-economic imbalances; (v) minimum requirements for national budgetary frameworks; (vi) enhanced financial market regulation and supervision, including macro-prudential supervision by the European Systemic Risk Board; (viii) and a credible permanent crisis resolution mechanism.

Subject matter and scope : this Regulation shall also apply to a Member State whose currency is not the euro and which has notified the Commission of its willingness to apply this Regulation. Such a notification shall be published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Sanctions : according to the amended text, an interest-bearing deposit shall be imposed by the Council, acting on a proposal by the Commission, if a Council recommendation on corrective action is adopted, where the Council concludes that the Member State concerned has not taken the recommended corrective action following a recommendation.

A yearly fine shall be imposed by the Council, acting on a proposal by the Commission, if:

a second Council recommendation in the same imbalance procedure is adopted where the Council concludes that the Member State has submitted an insufficient corrective action plan, even after the first Council recommendation on amending its corrective action plan or if; a second Council recommendation in the same imbalance procedure is adopted where the Council concludes that the Member State has not taken the recommended corrective action even after the first Council recommendation on corrective action. The fine shall be imposed by means of converting the interest-bearing deposit imposed into a yearly fine.

The interest-bearing deposit or the yearly fine to be proposed by the Commission shall be 0.1% of the GDP of the Member State concerned in the preceding year. In the case of deliberate and severe non-compliance with Council or Commission recommendations the fine may be raised up to 0.3% of GDP .

The committee proposes that in the event that a Member State manipulates financial data, falsifies statistics or deliberately provides misleading information , in particular resulting in a violation of the European statistical rules, are based, the Council, acting on a proposal from the Commission, may adopt a decision requiring the Member State to pay a fine. Such a fine shall be a one-off payment of 0.5% of the GDP of the Member State concerned in the preceding year. The decision shall be deemed adopted by the Council unless it decides, by qualified majority, to reject the proposal within ten days of adoption by the Commission. The Council may amend the Commission’s proposal in accordance with Article 293(1) TFEU.

The total yearly amount of the cumulative fines imposed on a Member State, excluding the fine referred to in paragraph 4a, shall not exceed 0.5% of its GDP.

The non-interest-bearing deposit should be released upon correction of the excessive deficit while the interest on such deposits and the fines collected should be allocated to the permanent stability mechanism.

Until the establishment of this mechanism the interest and the fines should be allocated as provisioning for risk-sharing financial instruments for EU relevant projects financed by the European Investment Bank in conformity with provisions of the Protocol (nº 5) on the Statute of the European Investment Bank annexed to the Treaties.

Voting within the Council : in order to increase public scrutiny, accountability and national ownership, when discussing and adopting the decisions on fines, Council deliberations shall be open to the public.

Economic dialogue : in order to enhance the dialogue between the Union institutions, in particular the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on the one hand, and the national parliaments, governments and other relevant bodies of the Member States on the other, and to ensure greater transparency and accountability, the competent committee of the European Parliament may conduct hearings and organise public debates on macroeconomic and budgetary surveillance undertaken by the Council and the Commission.

2011/04/12
   EP - Specific opinion
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2011/04/07
   BG_PARLIAMENT - Contribution
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2011/03/18
   EP - Committee opinion
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2011/03/15
   CSL - Council Meeting
2011/02/16
   ECB - European Central Bank: opinion, guideline, report
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OPINION OF THE EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK on economic governance reform in the European Union.

On 29 November 2010, the European Central Bank (ECB) received a request from the Council for an opinion on a package of six legislative proposals aiming to strengthen economic governance.

The ECB considers that the Commission proposals represent an important broadening and strengthening of the EU economic and budgetary surveillance framework and go some way in improving enforcement in the euro area. However, they fall short of the necessary quantum leap in the surveillance of the euro area, which the ECB deems necessary to ensure its stability and smooth functioning .

The ECB calls on the EU legislator and the Member States to take advantage of the ongoing legislative process to strengthen the economic governance package to the maximum allowed under the current Treaties. In addition, the EU should consider at a certain point in time Treaty reform to further strengthen economic governance.

The ECB makes the following observations:

Insufficient automaticity : for the ECB, insufficient automaticity is a fundamental flaw of the Commission proposals. In this vein, the ECB proposes that the EU legislator consider reverting the changes to the Stability and Growth Pact introduced in 2005 which increased the leeway allowed to Member States in respect of their obligations under the Pact.

Furthermore, the ECB states that there are several elements showing insufficient automaticity in the Commission proposals which should be reconsidered:

the draft budgetary surveillance procedure provides the possibility for Member States to depart from the adjustment path towards the medium-term budgetary objective in case of a severe economic downturn of a general nature; the draft budgetary enforcement procedure provides that the Council will review interest-bearing deposits, non-interest bearing deposits and fines it imposes, on the grounds of exceptional economic circumstances or following a reasoned request by the Member State concerned; lastly, the Commission’s obligation to take into account discussions within the Council as a condition for the continuation by the Commission of any procedure should be excluded. In addition, the ECB recommends increasing automaticity by means of adding reverse Council qualified majority voting whenever possible.

Additional political and reputational measures : these measures should be established in the draft budgetary surveillance procedure and EDP, including Member State reporting obligations and reports from the Council to the European Council. In addition, the Commission, in liaison with the ECB if it deems it appropriate, where euro area Member States or ERM II participant Member States are concerned, should conduct missions to Member States not complying with Council recommendations.

Assessing compliance with the reference value for the government debt ratio : while all relevant factors should be considered when the Commission prepares a report on the existence of an excessive debt ratio and while particular consideration should be given to the effect of guarantees issued by the Member States under the European Financial Stability Facility or eventually under the future European Stability Mechanism (ESM), all these factors should only be considered where the government debt ratio is declining over a three-year horizon according to the Commission’s forecasts. Any relevant mitigating factors should never lead to an assessment that a Member State has no excessive debt ratio where its debt ratio exceeds the reference value and is projected to be on an increasing path.

Procedure concerning the draft budgetary surveillance procedure : the ECB recommends that:

sufficient progress towards the medium-term objective should be evaluated on the basis of an overall assessment with the structural balance as a reference, including an analysis of expenditure net of discretionary revenue measures; the growth rate of government expenditure should normally not exceed a projected reference medium- term growth rate of potential gross domestic product (GDP) growth; the projected medium-term rate of potential GDP growth should be calculated according to the common methodology used by the Commission; taking into account the impact of the structure of economic growth on revenue growth.

Macroeconomic surveillance procedure : the ECB strongly welcomes the introduction of a macroeconomic surveillance procedure, which closes an important lacuna in the economic governance framework. This new procedure should concentrate firmly on euro area Member States experiencing sustained losses of competitiveness and large current account deficits. The scope of the procedure should by defining the term ‘imbalances’ address an open list of situations to be prevented by the procedure. In addition, the macroeconomic surveillance procedure should be determined by transparent and effective trigger mechanisms.

Fines : as to the interest accruals from the non-remunerated deposits and the fines imposed on euro area Member States under the Commission proposals, they should be assigned to the ESM to be created in 2013, with an appropriate transition solution until its creation.

Independent advisory body : the ECB sees also the need to establish an advisory body of persons of recognised competence in economic and fiscal matters to prepare an independent annual report addressed to the Union institutions on compliance by the Council and the Commission, including Eurostat, with their obligations under Articles 121 and 126 of the Treaty and under the procedures addressed in the Commission proposals.

Draft directive on the budgetary frameworks :

the ECB also considers that all Member States should in any case be required to ensure independent monitoring, analysis and validation of the key elements of their budgetary frameworks. All these measures should not prevent Member States from developing stronger budgetary frameworks, such as by including rules prohibiting general government structural deficits above a certain threshold of GDP; the ECB recommends highlighting the importance of transparent national forecasts and methodologies for their preparation. At the same time, the Commission’s forecasts have to play a central role in benchmarking national forecasts; regarding its effectiveness, the directive should refer expressly to costs imposed on national authorities for non-compliance with numerical fiscal rules, including both non-financial measures and financial sanctions at national level. Obligations to redeem in the medium-term debt exceeding amounts tolerated by the fiscal framework should be included; regarding statistics, the ECB favours an increase in the timeliness and reliability of the annual and quarterly government accounts reported to the Commission under Regulation (EC) No 2223/96 on the European system of national and regional accounts in the Community. Regarding statistics in future legislation, the ECB notes that EU legislative action is required for the ‘European statistics code of practice’ to become legally binding, while, in the meantime, the complete implementation of the code is accelerated, in particular regarding quality and the mandates for data collection.

Lastly, Eurostat powers in assessing and monitoring the EDP notifications should be further strengthened with a focus on proactive measures to enhance the quality of government statistics.

2011/02/15
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
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2011/02/14
   CSL - Debate in Council
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The Council held a policy debate on a package of measures intended to strengthen economic governance in the EU, and more specifically in the euro area, in order to address the challenges highlighted by recent difficulties on sovereign debt markets.

The package consists of:

a draft regulation amending regulation 1466/97 on the surveillance of Member States budgetary and economic policies; a draft regulation amending regulation 1467/97 on the EU's excessive deficit procedure; a draft regulation on the enforcement of budgetary surveillance in the euro area; a draft regulation on the prevention and correction of macroeconomic imbalances; a draft regulation on enforcement measures to correct excessive macroeconomic imbalances in the euro area; a draft directive on requirements for the member states' budgetary frameworks.

Four of the propositions deal with reform of the EU's Stability and Growth Pact . They are aimed at enhancing the surveillance of fiscal policies, introducing provisions on national fiscal frameworks, and applying enforcement measures for non-compliant member states more consistently and at an earlier stage.

In particular, a so-called reverse majority rule , whereby the Commission's proposal for imposing a fine will be considered adopted unless the Council turns it down by qualified majority, will trigger the sanction more automatically than at present.

Moreover, greater emphasis will also be placed on the debt criterion of the Stability and Growth Pact, with member states whose debt exceeds 60% of GDP required to take steps to reduce their debt at a pre-defined pace, even if their deficit is below the 3% of GDP threshold.

The other two proposals target macroeconomic imbalances within the EU . Here, the aim is to broaden the surveillance of economic policies, introducing the possibility of fines on Member States found to be in an "excessive imbalances position". Risks of macroeconomic imbalances will be assessed using a "scoreboard" of economic indicators.

The Council asked the Permanent Representatives Committee to oversee further work on the package, in the light of its discussion. The presidency's aim – in accordance with the deadlines set by the European Council on 4 February – is for the Council to agree on a general approach on all six proposals at its meeting on 15 March 2011, with a view to reaching an agreement with the European Parliament in June 2011 .

As regards the excessive deficit procedure, the Council took note of a communication from the Commission assessing action taken by Bulgaria, Denmark, Cyprus and Finland in order to bring their government deficits below 3% of GDP, the reference value set by the EU treaty.

It shared the Commission's view that, on the basis of current information, all four countries have taken action representing adequate progress towards correcting their deficits within the time limits set in its recommendations, and that no further steps under the EU's excessive deficit procedure are required at present.

Bulgaria, Denmark, Cyprus and Finland have been subject to excessive deficit procedures since July 2010, when the Council issued its recommendations. The Council called on Bulgaria and Finland to reduce their deficits below the threshold of 3 % of GDP by 2011, Cyprus by 2012 and Denmark by 2013.

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2011/02/14
   CSL - Council Meeting
2011/01/28
   CZ_SENATE - Contribution
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2011/01/18
   CSL - Debate in Council
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The Council discussed draft national reform programmes (NRPs) presented by the Member States. Ministers committed themselves to rectifying identified difficulties with the draft NRPs.

The programmes are required, under the EU's economic governance arrangements, to enable multilateral surveillance of the Member States' economic policies .

They should contain:

· a macroeconomic scenario for the medium term,

· national targets for translating headline targets set under the "Europe 2020" strategy for jobs and growth,

· identification of the main obstacles to creating growth and jobs,

· measures for concentrating growth-enhancing initiatives in an early period.

Review of the draft programmes constitutes, along with the annual growth survey, first steps in implementation of the so-called "European semester", which involves simultaneous monitoring of the Member States' budgetary policies and structural reforms , in accordance with common rules, during a six-month period every year.

At its meeting on 24 and 25 March, the European Council is due to provide guidance to the Member States for finalisation of their stability and convergence programmes (budgetary policies) and national reform programmes (structural reforms).

The European semester is implemented for the first time this year as part of a reform of EU economic governance.

Concerning the excessive deficit procedure : the Council discussed a Commission communication assessing the action taken by Malta in response to the Council recommendation of 16 February 2010 based on article 126(7) to bring to an end the situation of excessive deficit at the latest by 2011. The Council shares the Commission's view that, based on current information, Malta has taken action representing adequate progress towards the correction of the excessive deficit within the time limit set by the Council. In particular, the Maltese authorities have taken fiscal consolidation measures to correct the excessive deficit by 2011, while ensuring an adequate fiscal effort in 2011.

Against this background, the Council considers that at present no further steps under the excessive deficit procedure are necessary.

At the same time, the Council notes that in spite of a better macroeconomic environment than expected in the Council recommendations, there was no acceleration in the reduction of the deficit in 2010. In addition, considerable downside risks exist to the achievement of the 2011 deficit target . In this context, the Council calls for rigorous execution of the budget and close monitoring of budgetary developments in order to take corrective measures if needed to ensure that the deficit target of 2.8% of GDP is reached in 2011. Furthermore, further steps should be taken to strengthen the binding nature of the medium-term budgetary framework and improve the long-term sustainability of public finances, as requested by the Council in its recommendations and invitations.

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2010/12/16
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2010/10/21
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2010/10/21
   EP - BERÈS Pervenche (S&D) appointed as rapporteur in EMPL
2010/10/07
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to establish enforcement measures to correct excessive macroeconomic imbalances in the euro area.

PROPOSED ACT: Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council.

BACKGROUND: in the years preceding the crisis, low financing costs fuelled misallocation of resources, often to less productive uses, feeding unsustainable levels of consumption, housing bubbles and accumulation of external and internal debt in some Member States.

The emergence of large macroeconomic imbalances, including wide and persistent divergences in competitiveness trends, proved highly damaging to the European Union, and in particular to the euro, when the crisis struck. It is therefore important to develop a new structured procedure for prevention and correction of adverse macroeconomic imbalances in every Member State .

In its Communication and report on « EMU@10: successes and challenges after 10 years of Economic and Monetary Union ” the Commission stressed, in particular, the need to broaden economic surveillance in order to detect and address macroeconomic imbalances at an early stage. The Europe 2020 strategy calls for the development of a specific policy framework for the euro area to tackle broader macroeconomic imbalances.

Overall, the Task Force on economic governance, chaired by the President of the European Council, agreed that macroeconomic surveillance should function alongside the budget surveillance under the Stability and Growth Pact.

This proposal is part of legislative package comprising six texts which seeks to strengthen the pact by improving its provisions in the light of experience, not least of the crisis:

1) A Regulation amending the legislative underpinning of the preventive part of the Stability and Growth Pact (Regulation 1466/97);

2) A Regulation amending the legislative underpinning of the corrective part of the Stability and Growth Pact (Regulation 1467/97);

3) A Regulation on the effective enforcement of budgetary surveillance in the euro area;

4) A new Council Directive on requirements for the budgetary framework of the Member States;

5) A new Regulation on the prevention and correction of macroeconomic imbalances;

6) A Regulation on enforcement measures to correct excessive macroeconomic imbalances in the euro area.

IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was undertaken.

LEGAL BASE: Article 136, in combination with Article 121(6) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).

CONTENT: the Commission is proposing a mechanism for the prevention and correction of macroeconomic imbalances which is made up of two draft proposals for regulations. The first proposal sketches out the excessive imbalance procedure (EIP), while this proposal focuses on the associated enforcement measures.

The second proposal specifies that if a Member State repeatedly fails to act on Council recommendations to address excessive macroeconomic imbalances, it will have to pay a yearly fine equal to 0.1% of its GDP .

As a rule, the Commission will propose the maximum amount of the fine provided for and this proposal will be considered adopted, unless the Council decides to the contrary by qualified majority within ten days of the Commission adopting its proposal (“reverse voting”). The Council may amend the Commission proposal by acting unanimously.

The Council may decide, on the basis of a Commission proposal, to cancel or to reduce the fine. The Commission could make a proposal to this end following assessment of a reasoned request by the Member State and this would reverse the burden of proof for application of the sanction. Furthermore, the Commission could also make a proposal to the same end on the basis of exceptional economic circumstances.

Council decisions concerning such fines will be made only by the members representing Member States whose currency is the euro . The vote of the member of the Council representing the Member State concerned by the decisions will not be taken into account.

The fines provided for in this proposal for a regulation constitute other revenue, as referred to in Article 311 of the Treaty. In line with the practice established in the corrective part of the SGP (Regulation 'EC) No 1467/97), this revenue will be distributed between Member States whose currency is the euro and which are not involved in an excessive imbalance procedure and not involved in an excessive deficit procedure, in proportion to their share of the total GNI of the eligible Member States.

BUDGETARY IMPLICATION: the proposal has no implication for the EU budget.

2010/09/21
   EP - HAGLUND Carl (ALDE) appointed as rapporteur in ECON

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A7-0182/2011 - Carl Haglund - Am 2

2011/06/23 Outcome: +: 388, 0: 185, -: 78
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A7-0182/2011 - Carl Haglund - Proposition modifiée

2011/06/23 Outcome: +: 368, 0: 209, -: 80
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AmendmentsDossier
243 2010/0279(COD)
2011/02/11 EMPL 21 amendments...
source: PE-458.555
2011/02/15 ECON 222 amendments...
source: PE-456.990

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  • body: CSL type: Council Meeting council: Economic and Financial Affairs ECOFIN meeting_id: 3122 url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=SMPL&ROWSPP=25&RESULTSET=1&NRROWS=500&DOC_LANCD=EN&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC&CONTENTS=3122*&MEET_DATE=08/11/2011 date: 2011-11-08T00:00:00
  • body: CSL type: Council Meeting council: Economic and Financial Affairs ECOFIN meeting_id: 3100 url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=SMPL&ROWSPP=25&RESULTSET=1&NRROWS=500&DOC_LANCD=EN&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC&CONTENTS=3100*&MEET_DATE=20/06/2011 date: 2011-06-20T00:00:00
  • body: CSL type: Council Meeting council: Economic and Financial Affairs ECOFIN meeting_id: 3088 url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=SMPL&ROWSPP=25&RESULTSET=1&NRROWS=500&DOC_LANCD=EN&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC&CONTENTS=3088*&MEET_DATE=17/05/2011 date: 2011-05-17T00:00:00
  • body: CSL type: Council Meeting council: Economic and Financial Affairs ECOFIN meeting_id: 3076 url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=SMPL&ROWSPP=25&RESULTSET=1&NRROWS=500&DOC_LANCD=EN&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC&CONTENTS=3076*&MEET_DATE=15/03/2011 date: 2011-03-15T00:00:00
  • body: CSL type: Council Meeting council: Economic and Financial Affairs ECOFIN meeting_id: 3067 url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=SMPL&ROWSPP=25&RESULTSET=1&NRROWS=500&DOC_LANCD=EN&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC&CONTENTS=3067*&MEET_DATE=14/02/2011 date: 2011-02-14T00:00:00
  • body: CSL type: Council Meeting council: Economic and Financial Affairs ECOFIN meeting_id: 3062 url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=SMPL&ROWSPP=25&RESULTSET=1&NRROWS=500&DOC_LANCD=EN&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC&CONTENTS=3062*&MEET_DATE=18/01/2011 date: 2011-01-18T00:00:00
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  • date: 2010-12-16T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE454.574 title: PE454.574 type: Committee draft report body: EP
  • date: 2011-02-15T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE456.990 title: PE456.990 type: Amendments tabled in committee body: EP
  • date: 2011-02-16T00:00:00 docs: url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CELEX:52011AB0013:EN:NOT title: CON/2011/0013 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=OJ:C:2011:150:TOC title: OJ C 150 20.05.2011, p. 0001 summary: OPINION OF THE EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK on economic governance reform in the European Union. On 29 November 2010, the European Central Bank (ECB) received a request from the Council for an opinion on a package of six legislative proposals aiming to strengthen economic governance. The ECB considers that the Commission proposals represent an important broadening and strengthening of the EU economic and budgetary surveillance framework and go some way in improving enforcement in the euro area. However, they fall short of the necessary quantum leap in the surveillance of the euro area, which the ECB deems necessary to ensure its stability and smooth functioning . The ECB calls on the EU legislator and the Member States to take advantage of the ongoing legislative process to strengthen the economic governance package to the maximum allowed under the current Treaties. In addition, the EU should consider at a certain point in time Treaty reform to further strengthen economic governance. The ECB makes the following observations: Insufficient automaticity : for the ECB, insufficient automaticity is a fundamental flaw of the Commission proposals. In this vein, the ECB proposes that the EU legislator consider reverting the changes to the Stability and Growth Pact introduced in 2005 which increased the leeway allowed to Member States in respect of their obligations under the Pact. Furthermore, the ECB states that there are several elements showing insufficient automaticity in the Commission proposals which should be reconsidered: the draft budgetary surveillance procedure provides the possibility for Member States to depart from the adjustment path towards the medium-term budgetary objective in case of a severe economic downturn of a general nature; the draft budgetary enforcement procedure provides that the Council will review interest-bearing deposits, non-interest bearing deposits and fines it imposes, on the grounds of exceptional economic circumstances or following a reasoned request by the Member State concerned; lastly, the Commission’s obligation to take into account discussions within the Council as a condition for the continuation by the Commission of any procedure should be excluded. In addition, the ECB recommends increasing automaticity by means of adding reverse Council qualified majority voting whenever possible. Additional political and reputational measures : these measures should be established in the draft budgetary surveillance procedure and EDP, including Member State reporting obligations and reports from the Council to the European Council. In addition, the Commission, in liaison with the ECB if it deems it appropriate, where euro area Member States or ERM II participant Member States are concerned, should conduct missions to Member States not complying with Council recommendations. Assessing compliance with the reference value for the government debt ratio : while all relevant factors should be considered when the Commission prepares a report on the existence of an excessive debt ratio and while particular consideration should be given to the effect of guarantees issued by the Member States under the European Financial Stability Facility or eventually under the future European Stability Mechanism (ESM), all these factors should only be considered where the government debt ratio is declining over a three-year horizon according to the Commission’s forecasts. Any relevant mitigating factors should never lead to an assessment that a Member State has no excessive debt ratio where its debt ratio exceeds the reference value and is projected to be on an increasing path. Procedure concerning the draft budgetary surveillance procedure : the ECB recommends that: sufficient progress towards the medium-term objective should be evaluated on the basis of an overall assessment with the structural balance as a reference, including an analysis of expenditure net of discretionary revenue measures; the growth rate of government expenditure should normally not exceed a projected reference medium- term growth rate of potential gross domestic product (GDP) growth; the projected medium-term rate of potential GDP growth should be calculated according to the common methodology used by the Commission; taking into account the impact of the structure of economic growth on revenue growth. Macroeconomic surveillance procedure : the ECB strongly welcomes the introduction of a macroeconomic surveillance procedure, which closes an important lacuna in the economic governance framework. This new procedure should concentrate firmly on euro area Member States experiencing sustained losses of competitiveness and large current account deficits. The scope of the procedure should by defining the term ‘imbalances’ address an open list of situations to be prevented by the procedure. In addition, the macroeconomic surveillance procedure should be determined by transparent and effective trigger mechanisms. Fines : as to the interest accruals from the non-remunerated deposits and the fines imposed on euro area Member States under the Commission proposals, they should be assigned to the ESM to be created in 2013, with an appropriate transition solution until its creation. Independent advisory body : the ECB sees also the need to establish an advisory body of persons of recognised competence in economic and fiscal matters to prepare an independent annual report addressed to the Union institutions on compliance by the Council and the Commission, including Eurostat, with their obligations under Articles 121 and 126 of the Treaty and under the procedures addressed in the Commission proposals. Draft directive on the budgetary frameworks : the ECB also considers that all Member States should in any case be required to ensure independent monitoring, analysis and validation of the key elements of their budgetary frameworks. All these measures should not prevent Member States from developing stronger budgetary frameworks, such as by including rules prohibiting general government structural deficits above a certain threshold of GDP; the ECB recommends highlighting the importance of transparent national forecasts and methodologies for their preparation. At the same time, the Commission’s forecasts have to play a central role in benchmarking national forecasts; regarding its effectiveness, the directive should refer expressly to costs imposed on national authorities for non-compliance with numerical fiscal rules, including both non-financial measures and financial sanctions at national level. Obligations to redeem in the medium-term debt exceeding amounts tolerated by the fiscal framework should be included; regarding statistics, the ECB favours an increase in the timeliness and reliability of the annual and quarterly government accounts reported to the Commission under Regulation (EC) No 2223/96 on the European system of national and regional accounts in the Community. Regarding statistics in future legislation, the ECB notes that EU legislative action is required for the ‘European statistics code of practice’ to become legally binding, while, in the meantime, the complete implementation of the code is accelerated, in particular regarding quality and the mandates for data collection. Lastly, Eurostat powers in assessing and monitoring the EDP notifications should be further strengthened with a focus on proactive measures to enhance the quality of government statistics. type: European Central Bank: opinion, guideline, report body: ECB
  • date: 2011-03-18T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE454.657&secondRef=02 title: PE454.657 committee: EMPL type: Committee opinion body: EP
  • date: 2011-04-12T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE462.804 title: PE462.804 committee: JURI type: Specific opinion body: EP
  • date: 2011-04-29T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A7-2011-182&language=EN title: A7-0182/2011 type: Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
  • date: 2011-05-05T00:00:00 docs: url: https://dm.eesc.europa.eu/EESCDocumentSearch/Pages/redresults.aspx?k=(documenttype:AC)(documentnumber:0799)(documentyear:2011)(documentlanguage:EN) title: CES0799/2011 type: Economic and Social Committee: opinion, report body: ESC
  • date: 2011-11-09T00:00:00 docs: url: /oeil/spdoc.do?i=20048&j=0&l=en title: SP(2011)8584 type: Commission response to text adopted in plenary
  • date: 2011-11-16T00:00:00 docs: url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=ADV&RESULTSET=1&DOC_ID=[%n4]%2F11&DOC_LANCD=EN&ROWSPP=25&NRROWS=500&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC title: 00029/2011/LEX type: Draft final act body: CSL
  • date: 2014-11-28T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2014/0905/COM_COM(2014)0905_EN.pdf title: COM(2014)0905 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=2014&nu_doc=0905 title: EUR-Lex summary: The Commission has presented a review of the various legislative texts known as the “six-pack” and “ two-pack ” to strengthen the economic governance of the European Union. This review analyses to what extent the new rules introduced have been effective in achieving the objectives of ensuring closer coordination of economic policies. The legislative packages aim to: · more closely coordinate economic policies through a strengthening of budgetary surveillance under the Stability and Growth Pact; · introduce a new procedure in the area of macroeconomic imbalances ; · establish a framework for dealing with countries experiencing difficulties with financial stability; · to proceed with codification in legislation, in the form of the European Semester, of integrated economic and budgetary surveillance. Taking into account the short experience of their operation, with the six-pack entering into force in end-2011 and the two-pack only in mid-2013, the Commission considers it difficult to draw conclusions on the effectiveness of the regulations. In the Macroeconomic Imbalance Procedure (MIP) (see also Regulation (EU) No 1176/2011 ), the surveillance of economic policies of the Member States was broadened beyond budgetary issues, including to external imbalances, competitiveness, asset prices, and internal and external debt. The following main tools were introduced: · the Alert Mechanism Report : it aims to identify the Member States for which a detailed scrutiny (an In-Depth Review) is necessary before concluding whether imbalances or excessive imbalances exist; · the In Depth Reviews (IDRs): they identify policy challenges and policy options with the aim of preparing policy recommendations, and contributing to dialogue with the EU institutions and with the relevant Member States. In the preventive arm of the procedure , should an imbalance be identified, policy recommendations can be adopted, as part of the country-specific recommendations which the Commission puts forward at the end of the European Semester. An excessive imbalance procedure (the corrective arm of the MIP) may be launched for the Member States experiencing excessive imbalances. Under the corrective arm , the Member States concerned are requested to prepare corrective action plans, the implementation of which is regularly monitored. Financial sanctions may be imposed on the euro area Member States if their corrective action plans are not appropriate given the challenges. Employment and social indicators are being introduced into the macroeconomic imbalances procedure to gain better understanding of the labour market and social developments and risks. Assessment : The Excessive Imbalance Procedure has not yet been implemented so far . In 2013 and 2014, the Commission has identified excessive imbalances on five occasions, but did not submit a proposal for their formal establishment by the Council so the procedure was not triggered. In both years, the Commission was of the view that the policies outlined by the relevant governments (Spain and Slovenia in 2013, and Italy, Croatia and Slovenia in 2014) in their national reform programmes and stability (or convergence) programmes were appropriate to the respective challenges identified in the IDRs. In each of these cases, the Commission used the inherent flexibility in the Procedure framework to put in motion a specific and close monitoring of policy implementation, also contributing to peer pressure, real-time assessment of action and promoting reform action in the Member States. In conclusion , if the review has revealed some strengths, it also shows possible areas for improvement, concerning transparency and complexity of policy making , and their impact on growth, imbalances and convergence. According to the Commission, a proper involvement of national Parliaments remains crucial in ensuring the legitimacy of Member States' action. At EU level, the European Parliament has a key role to play, notably through “economic dialogues”, which have ensured that institutional actors have been regularly held to account on the main issues related to economic governance. The Commission plans to discuss these points with the European Parliament and the Council in the coming months. type: Follow-up document body: EC
  • date: 2011-04-07T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.connefof.europarl.europa.eu/connefof/app/exp/COM(2010)0525 title: COM(2010)0525 type: Contribution body: BG_PARLIAMENT
  • date: 2011-01-28T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.connefof.europarl.europa.eu/connefof/app/exp/COM(2010)0525 title: COM(2010)0525 type: Contribution body: CZ_SENATE
  • date: 2010-12-16T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.connefof.europarl.europa.eu/connefof/app/exp/COM(2010)0525 title: COM(2010)0525 type: Contribution body: IT_CHAMBER
  • date: 2010-12-16T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.connefof.europarl.europa.eu/connefof/app/exp/COM(2010)0525 title: COM(2010)0525 type: Contribution body: IT_SENATE
  • date: 2010-12-07T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.connefof.europarl.europa.eu/connefof/app/exp/COM(2010)0525 title: COM(2010)0525 type: Contribution body: LU_CHAMBER
  • date: 2010-12-10T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.connefof.europarl.europa.eu/connefof/app/exp/COM(2010)0525 title: COM(2010)0525 type: Contribution body: PT_PARLIAMENT
  • date: 2010-12-14T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.connefof.europarl.europa.eu/connefof/app/exp/COM(2010)0525 title: COM(2010)0525 type: Contribution body: RO_SENATE
events
  • date: 2010-10-07T00:00:00 type: Legislative proposal published body: EC docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2010/0525/COM_COM(2010)0525_EN.pdf title: COM(2010)0525 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=2010&nu_doc=525 title: EUR-Lex summary: PURPOSE: to establish enforcement measures to correct excessive macroeconomic imbalances in the euro area. PROPOSED ACT: Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council. BACKGROUND: in the years preceding the crisis, low financing costs fuelled misallocation of resources, often to less productive uses, feeding unsustainable levels of consumption, housing bubbles and accumulation of external and internal debt in some Member States. The emergence of large macroeconomic imbalances, including wide and persistent divergences in competitiveness trends, proved highly damaging to the European Union, and in particular to the euro, when the crisis struck. It is therefore important to develop a new structured procedure for prevention and correction of adverse macroeconomic imbalances in every Member State . In its Communication and report on « EMU@10: successes and challenges after 10 years of Economic and Monetary Union ” the Commission stressed, in particular, the need to broaden economic surveillance in order to detect and address macroeconomic imbalances at an early stage. The Europe 2020 strategy calls for the development of a specific policy framework for the euro area to tackle broader macroeconomic imbalances. Overall, the Task Force on economic governance, chaired by the President of the European Council, agreed that macroeconomic surveillance should function alongside the budget surveillance under the Stability and Growth Pact. This proposal is part of legislative package comprising six texts which seeks to strengthen the pact by improving its provisions in the light of experience, not least of the crisis: 1) A Regulation amending the legislative underpinning of the preventive part of the Stability and Growth Pact (Regulation 1466/97); 2) A Regulation amending the legislative underpinning of the corrective part of the Stability and Growth Pact (Regulation 1467/97); 3) A Regulation on the effective enforcement of budgetary surveillance in the euro area; 4) A new Council Directive on requirements for the budgetary framework of the Member States; 5) A new Regulation on the prevention and correction of macroeconomic imbalances; 6) A Regulation on enforcement measures to correct excessive macroeconomic imbalances in the euro area. IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment was undertaken. LEGAL BASE: Article 136, in combination with Article 121(6) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). CONTENT: the Commission is proposing a mechanism for the prevention and correction of macroeconomic imbalances which is made up of two draft proposals for regulations. The first proposal sketches out the excessive imbalance procedure (EIP), while this proposal focuses on the associated enforcement measures. The second proposal specifies that if a Member State repeatedly fails to act on Council recommendations to address excessive macroeconomic imbalances, it will have to pay a yearly fine equal to 0.1% of its GDP . As a rule, the Commission will propose the maximum amount of the fine provided for and this proposal will be considered adopted, unless the Council decides to the contrary by qualified majority within ten days of the Commission adopting its proposal (“reverse voting”). The Council may amend the Commission proposal by acting unanimously. The Council may decide, on the basis of a Commission proposal, to cancel or to reduce the fine. The Commission could make a proposal to this end following assessment of a reasoned request by the Member State and this would reverse the burden of proof for application of the sanction. Furthermore, the Commission could also make a proposal to the same end on the basis of exceptional economic circumstances. Council decisions concerning such fines will be made only by the members representing Member States whose currency is the euro . The vote of the member of the Council representing the Member State concerned by the decisions will not be taken into account. The fines provided for in this proposal for a regulation constitute other revenue, as referred to in Article 311 of the Treaty. In line with the practice established in the corrective part of the SGP (Regulation 'EC) No 1467/97), this revenue will be distributed between Member States whose currency is the euro and which are not involved in an excessive imbalance procedure and not involved in an excessive deficit procedure, in proportion to their share of the total GNI of the eligible Member States. BUDGETARY IMPLICATION: the proposal has no implication for the EU budget.
  • date: 2010-10-21T00:00:00 type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
  • date: 2011-01-18T00:00:00 type: Debate in Council body: CSL docs: url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=SMPL&ROWSPP=25&RESULTSET=1&NRROWS=500&DOC_LANCD=EN&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC&CONTENTS=3062*&MEET_DATE=18/01/2011 title: 3062 summary: The Council discussed draft national reform programmes (NRPs) presented by the Member States. Ministers committed themselves to rectifying identified difficulties with the draft NRPs. The programmes are required, under the EU's economic governance arrangements, to enable multilateral surveillance of the Member States' economic policies . They should contain: · a macroeconomic scenario for the medium term, · national targets for translating headline targets set under the "Europe 2020" strategy for jobs and growth, · identification of the main obstacles to creating growth and jobs, · measures for concentrating growth-enhancing initiatives in an early period. Review of the draft programmes constitutes, along with the annual growth survey, first steps in implementation of the so-called "European semester", which involves simultaneous monitoring of the Member States' budgetary policies and structural reforms , in accordance with common rules, during a six-month period every year. At its meeting on 24 and 25 March, the European Council is due to provide guidance to the Member States for finalisation of their stability and convergence programmes (budgetary policies) and national reform programmes (structural reforms). The European semester is implemented for the first time this year as part of a reform of EU economic governance. Concerning the excessive deficit procedure : the Council discussed a Commission communication assessing the action taken by Malta in response to the Council recommendation of 16 February 2010 based on article 126(7) to bring to an end the situation of excessive deficit at the latest by 2011. The Council shares the Commission's view that, based on current information, Malta has taken action representing adequate progress towards the correction of the excessive deficit within the time limit set by the Council. In particular, the Maltese authorities have taken fiscal consolidation measures to correct the excessive deficit by 2011, while ensuring an adequate fiscal effort in 2011. Against this background, the Council considers that at present no further steps under the excessive deficit procedure are necessary. At the same time, the Council notes that in spite of a better macroeconomic environment than expected in the Council recommendations, there was no acceleration in the reduction of the deficit in 2010. In addition, considerable downside risks exist to the achievement of the 2011 deficit target . In this context, the Council calls for rigorous execution of the budget and close monitoring of budgetary developments in order to take corrective measures if needed to ensure that the deficit target of 2.8% of GDP is reached in 2011. Furthermore, further steps should be taken to strengthen the binding nature of the medium-term budgetary framework and improve the long-term sustainability of public finances, as requested by the Council in its recommendations and invitations.
  • date: 2011-02-14T00:00:00 type: Debate in Council body: CSL docs: url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=SMPL&ROWSPP=25&RESULTSET=1&NRROWS=500&DOC_LANCD=EN&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC&CONTENTS=3067*&MEET_DATE=14/02/2011 title: 3067 summary: The Council held a policy debate on a package of measures intended to strengthen economic governance in the EU, and more specifically in the euro area, in order to address the challenges highlighted by recent difficulties on sovereign debt markets. The package consists of: a draft regulation amending regulation 1466/97 on the surveillance of Member States budgetary and economic policies; a draft regulation amending regulation 1467/97 on the EU's excessive deficit procedure; a draft regulation on the enforcement of budgetary surveillance in the euro area; a draft regulation on the prevention and correction of macroeconomic imbalances; a draft regulation on enforcement measures to correct excessive macroeconomic imbalances in the euro area; a draft directive on requirements for the member states' budgetary frameworks. Four of the propositions deal with reform of the EU's Stability and Growth Pact . They are aimed at enhancing the surveillance of fiscal policies, introducing provisions on national fiscal frameworks, and applying enforcement measures for non-compliant member states more consistently and at an earlier stage. In particular, a so-called reverse majority rule , whereby the Commission's proposal for imposing a fine will be considered adopted unless the Council turns it down by qualified majority, will trigger the sanction more automatically than at present. Moreover, greater emphasis will also be placed on the debt criterion of the Stability and Growth Pact, with member states whose debt exceeds 60% of GDP required to take steps to reduce their debt at a pre-defined pace, even if their deficit is below the 3% of GDP threshold. The other two proposals target macroeconomic imbalances within the EU . Here, the aim is to broaden the surveillance of economic policies, introducing the possibility of fines on Member States found to be in an "excessive imbalances position". Risks of macroeconomic imbalances will be assessed using a "scoreboard" of economic indicators. The Council asked the Permanent Representatives Committee to oversee further work on the package, in the light of its discussion. The presidency's aim – in accordance with the deadlines set by the European Council on 4 February – is for the Council to agree on a general approach on all six proposals at its meeting on 15 March 2011, with a view to reaching an agreement with the European Parliament in June 2011 . As regards the excessive deficit procedure, the Council took note of a communication from the Commission assessing action taken by Bulgaria, Denmark, Cyprus and Finland in order to bring their government deficits below 3% of GDP, the reference value set by the EU treaty. It shared the Commission's view that, on the basis of current information, all four countries have taken action representing adequate progress towards correcting their deficits within the time limits set in its recommendations, and that no further steps under the EU's excessive deficit procedure are required at present. Bulgaria, Denmark, Cyprus and Finland have been subject to excessive deficit procedures since July 2010, when the Council issued its recommendations. The Council called on Bulgaria and Finland to reduce their deficits below the threshold of 3 % of GDP by 2011, Cyprus by 2012 and Denmark by 2013.
  • date: 2011-04-19T00:00:00 type: Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading body: EP summary: The Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs adopted the report drafted by Carl HAGLUND (ADLE, FI) on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on enforcement measures to correct excessive macroeconomic imbalances in the euro area. It recommended that the European Parliament’s position adopted at first reading, under the ordinary legislative procedure, should be to amend the Commission proposal as follows: Economic governance : Members recall that the improved economic governance framework should rely on several inter-linked policies for sustainable growth and jobs, which need to be coherent with each other, in particular: (i) a Union strategy for growth and jobs, with particular focus upon development and strengthening of the internal market; (ii) fostering international trade and competitiveness; (iii) an effective framework for preventing and correcting excessive budgetary positions (the Stability and Growth Pact); (iv) a robust framework for preventing and correcting macro-economic imbalances; (v) minimum requirements for national budgetary frameworks; (vi) enhanced financial market regulation and supervision, including macro-prudential supervision by the European Systemic Risk Board; (viii) and a credible permanent crisis resolution mechanism. Subject matter and scope : this Regulation shall also apply to a Member State whose currency is not the euro and which has notified the Commission of its willingness to apply this Regulation. Such a notification shall be published in the Official Journal of the European Union. Sanctions : according to the amended text, an interest-bearing deposit shall be imposed by the Council, acting on a proposal by the Commission, if a Council recommendation on corrective action is adopted, where the Council concludes that the Member State concerned has not taken the recommended corrective action following a recommendation. A yearly fine shall be imposed by the Council, acting on a proposal by the Commission, if: a second Council recommendation in the same imbalance procedure is adopted where the Council concludes that the Member State has submitted an insufficient corrective action plan, even after the first Council recommendation on amending its corrective action plan or if; a second Council recommendation in the same imbalance procedure is adopted where the Council concludes that the Member State has not taken the recommended corrective action even after the first Council recommendation on corrective action. The fine shall be imposed by means of converting the interest-bearing deposit imposed into a yearly fine. The interest-bearing deposit or the yearly fine to be proposed by the Commission shall be 0.1% of the GDP of the Member State concerned in the preceding year. In the case of deliberate and severe non-compliance with Council or Commission recommendations the fine may be raised up to 0.3% of GDP . The committee proposes that in the event that a Member State manipulates financial data, falsifies statistics or deliberately provides misleading information , in particular resulting in a violation of the European statistical rules, are based, the Council, acting on a proposal from the Commission, may adopt a decision requiring the Member State to pay a fine. Such a fine shall be a one-off payment of 0.5% of the GDP of the Member State concerned in the preceding year. The decision shall be deemed adopted by the Council unless it decides, by qualified majority, to reject the proposal within ten days of adoption by the Commission. The Council may amend the Commission’s proposal in accordance with Article 293(1) TFEU. The total yearly amount of the cumulative fines imposed on a Member State, excluding the fine referred to in paragraph 4a, shall not exceed 0.5% of its GDP. The non-interest-bearing deposit should be released upon correction of the excessive deficit while the interest on such deposits and the fines collected should be allocated to the permanent stability mechanism. Until the establishment of this mechanism the interest and the fines should be allocated as provisioning for risk-sharing financial instruments for EU relevant projects financed by the European Investment Bank in conformity with provisions of the Protocol (nº 5) on the Statute of the European Investment Bank annexed to the Treaties. Voting within the Council : in order to increase public scrutiny, accountability and national ownership, when discussing and adopting the decisions on fines, Council deliberations shall be open to the public. Economic dialogue : in order to enhance the dialogue between the Union institutions, in particular the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on the one hand, and the national parliaments, governments and other relevant bodies of the Member States on the other, and to ensure greater transparency and accountability, the competent committee of the European Parliament may conduct hearings and organise public debates on macroeconomic and budgetary surveillance undertaken by the Council and the Commission.
  • date: 2011-04-29T00:00:00 type: Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A7-2011-182&language=EN title: A7-0182/2011
  • date: 2011-05-17T00:00:00 type: Debate in Council body: CSL docs: url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=SMPL&ROWSPP=25&RESULTSET=1&NRROWS=500&DOC_LANCD=EN&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC&CONTENTS=3088*&MEET_DATE=17/05/2011 title: 3088 summary: The Council took note of a report from the presidency on progress in negotiations with the European Parliament on a package of legislative proposals on economic governance. Taking note of the views expressed by delegations, the presidency called on all parties to remain constructive and show the degree of flexibility that will be necessary to enable an agreement to be reached in June, as called for by the European Council. The proposals set out: to strengthen economic governance in the EU – and more specifically within the euro area – as part of the EU's response to the challenges highlighted by recent turmoil on sovereign debt markets. The Council reached agreement on a general approach in March, opening the way for the negotiations with the Parliament; to enhance budgetary discipline in the Member States and broaden the surveillance of their economic policies , thus implementing the recommendations of a task force chaired by the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy. The package consists of: a draft regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 1466/97 on the surveillance and coordination of Member States' budgetary and economic policies; a draft regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 1467/97 on the excessive deficit procedure; a draft regulation on the enforcement of budgetary surveillance in the euro area; a draft regulation on the prevention and correction of macroeconomic imbalances; a draft regulation on enforcement measures to correct excessive macroeconomic imbalances in the euro area; a draft directive on requirements for the Member States' budgetary frameworks. Four of the proposals deal with reform of the EU's Stability and Growth Pact , enhancing the surveillance of fiscal policies, introducing provisions on national fiscal frameworks, and applying enforcement measures for non-compliant Member States more consistently and at an earlier stage. The other two proposals target macroeconomic imbalances within the EU.
  • date: 2011-06-20T00:00:00 type: Debate in Council body: CSL docs: url: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/content/out?lang=EN&typ=SET&i=SMPL&ROWSPP=25&RESULTSET=1&NRROWS=500&DOC_LANCD=EN&ORDERBY=DOC_DATE+DESC&CONTENTS=3100*&MEET_DATE=20/06/2011 title: 3100 summary: The Council agreed unanimously an updated general approach on a package of legislative proposals on economic governance, with the aim of enabling negotiations with the European Parliament to be concluded in time for the European Council meeting on 23 and 24 June. It will inform the Parliament of its compromise text by a letter to be sent by the chairman of the Permanent Representatives Committee on 21 June. The proposals set out to strengthen economic governance in the EU – and more specifically within the euro area – as part of the EU's response to the challenges highlighted by recent turmoil on sovereign debt markets. The Council reached agreement on a general approach on 15 March, opening the way for the negotiations with the Parliament. Recognising that existing EU instruments have not generated a satisfactory decline in public debt levels and have catered insufficiently for macroeconomic imbalances, the proposals are aimed at enhancing budgetary discipline in the Member States and broadening the surveillance of their economic policies. They implement the recommendations of a task force, chaired by the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, which concluded that the EU's monetary union will not be able to function properly in the long term without increased economic policy coordination .
  • date: 2011-06-22T00:00:00 type: Debate in Parliament body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?secondRef=TOC&language=EN&reference=20110622&type=CRE title: Debate in Parliament
  • date: 2011-06-23T00:00:00 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P7-TA-2011-292 title: T7-0292/2011 summary: The European Parliament adopted, by 368 votes to 80 with 209 abstentions a legislative resolution amending, in the first reading of the ordinary legislative procedure, the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on enforcement measures to correct excessive macroeconomic imbalances in the euro area. The vote on the resolution has been postponed to a later sitting. The main amendments are as follows: Economic governance : Parliament recalls that the improved economic governance framework should rely on several inter-linked policies for sustainable growth and jobs, which need to be coherent with each other, in particular : (i) a Union strategy for growth and jobs, with particular focus upon development and strengthening of the internal market, (ii) fostering international trade and competitiveness, (iii) an effective framework for preventing and correcting excessive government deficit (the Stability and Growth Pact), (iv a robust framework for preventing and correcting macro-economic imbalances, (v) minimum requirements for national budgetary frameworks,(vi) enhanced financial market regulation and supervision. The coordination of the economic policies of the Member States within the Union should be developed in the context of the broad economic policy guidelines and the employment guidelines, Strengthening of Commission’s role : the Commission should have a stronger role in the enhanced surveillance procedure as regards assessments that are specific to each Member State, monitoring, missions, recommendations and warnings. Subject matter and scope : it is clarified that the Regulation lays down a system of sanctions for effective correction of excessive macroeconomic imbalances in the euro area Sanctions: the amended text states that an interest-bearing deposit shall be imposed by a Council decision, acting on a recommendation by the Commission, if a Council decision on corrective action is where the Council concludes that the Member State concerned has not taken the recommended corrective action following a recommendation. A yearly fine shall be imposed by a Council decision, acting on a recommendation by the Commission, if: two successive Council recommendations in the same imbalance procedure are adopted where the Council considers, that the Member State has submitted an insufficient corrective action plan; two successive Council decisions in the same imbalance procedure are adopted declaring non-compliance. The fine shall be imposed by means of converting the interest-bearing deposit imposed into a yearly finance. The decisions shall be deemed adopted by the Council unless it decides, by qualified majority, to reject the recommendation within ten days of the Commission adopting it. The Council may amend the recommendation acting by qualified majority. The interest-bearing deposit or the yearly fine to be recommended by the Commission shall be 0.1% of the GDP of the Member State concerned in the preceding year. The Commission may, on grounds of exceptional economic circumstances or following a reasoned request by the Member State concerned addressed to the Commission within ten days of conditions referred to in the text being met , propose to reduce the amount of the interest-bearing deposit or the fine or to cancel it. Allocation of the fines: fines shall be assigned to the European Financial Stability Facility. By the moment another stability mechanism to provide financial assistance is created by Member States whose currency is the euro in order to safeguard the stability of the euro area as a whole, the fines shall be assigned to that last mechanism. Economic Dialogue : in order to enhance the dialogue between the Union institutions, in particular the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission, and to ensure greater transparency and accountability, the competent committee of the European Parliament may invite the President of the Council, the Commission and, where appropriate, the President of the Eurogroup to appear before the committee to discuss decisions taken pursuant to the Regulation. The competent committee of the European Parliament may offer the opportunity to the Member State concerned by such decisions to participate in an exchange of views. Review: within three years after the entry into force of the Regulation and every five years thereafter, the Commission shall publish a report on the application of the Regulation., and shall evaluate, inter alia: (a) the effectiveness of the regulation; (b) the progress in ensuring closer coordination of economic policies and sustained convergence of economic performances of the Member States in accordance with the Treaty. Where appropriate, this report shall be accompanied by a proposal for amendments to the Regulation. The report and any accompanying proposals shall be forwarded to the European Parliament and the Council.
  • date: 2011-09-28T00:00:00 type: Results of vote in Parliament body: EP docs: url: https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/sda.do?id=20048&l=en title: Results of vote in Parliament
  • date: 2011-09-28T00:00:00 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P7-TA-2011-423 title: T7-0423/2011 summary: The European Parliament adopted by 395 votes to 63, with 206 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on enforcement measures to correct excessive macroeconomic imbalances in the euro area. The report had been sent back to the competent committee on 23 June 2011 to be re-examined. Parliament adopted its position in first reading in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure. The amendments adopted in plenary are the result of a compromise negotiated between Parliament and Council. The Commission’s proposal was amended as follows: Economic governance : the amended text stresses the need for improved economic governance in the Union, which should be built on stronger national ownership of commonly agreed rules and policies and on a more robust surveillance framework at the Union level of national economic policies. Parliament recalls that the improved economic governance framework should rely on several inter-linked policies for sustainable growth and jobs, which need to be coherent with each other, in particular: a Union strategy for growth and jobs, with particular focus upon development and strengthening of the internal market, fostering international trade and competitiveness, an effective framework for preventing and correcting excessive government deficit (the Stability and Growth Pact), a robust framework for preventing and correcting macro-economic imbalances, minimum requirements for national budgetary frameworks, enhanced financial market regulation and supervision. The coordination of the economic policies of the Member States within the Union should be developed in the context of the broad economic policy guidelines and the employment guidelines. Strengthening of Commission’s role : the Commission should have a stronger role in the enhanced surveillance procedure as regards assessments that are specific to each Member State, monitoring, missions, recommendations and warnings. Subject matter and scope : it is clarified that the Regulation lays down a system of sanctions for effective correction of excessive macroeconomic imbalances in the euro area Economic Dialogue : in order to enhance the dialogue between the Union institutions, in particular the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission, and to ensure greater transparency and accountability, the competent committee of the European Parliament may invite the President of the Council, the Commission and, where appropriate, the President of the Eurogroup to appear before the committee to discuss decisions taken pursuant to the Regulation. The competent committee of the European Parliament may offer the opportunity to the Member State concerned by such decisions to participate in an exchange of views. Sanctions : the amended text states that an interest-bearing deposit shall be imposed by a Council decision, acting on a recommendation by the Commission, if a Council decision on corrective action is where the Council concludes that the Member State concerned has not taken the recommended corrective action following a recommendation. A yearly fine shall be imposed by a Council decision, acting on a recommendation by the Commission, if: two successive Council recommendations in the same imbalance procedure are adopted where the Council considers, that the Member State has submitted an insufficient corrective action plan; two successive Council decisions in the same imbalance procedure are adopted declaring non-compliance. The fine shall be imposed by means of converting the interest-bearing deposit imposed into a yearly finance. The decisions shall be deemed adopted by the Council unless it decides, by qualified majority, to reject the recommendation within ten days of the Commission adopting it . The Council may amend the recommendation acting by qualified majority. The interest-bearing deposit or the yearly fine to be recommended by the Commission shall be 0.1% of the GDP of the Member State concerned in the preceding year . The Commission may, on grounds of exceptional economic circumstances or following a reasoned request by the Member State concerned addressed to the Commission within ten days of conditions referred to in the text being met , propose to reduce the amount of the interest-bearing deposit or the fine or to cancel it. Allocation of the fines : fines shall be assigned to the European Financial Stability Facility. By the moment another stability mechanism to provide financial assistance is created by Member States whose currency is the euro in order to safeguard the stability of the euro area as a whole, the fines shall be assigned to that last mechanism. Review : within three years after the entry into force of the Regulation and every five years thereafter, the Commission shall publish a report on the application of the Regulation., and shall evaluate, inter alia: (a) the effectiveness of the regulation; (b) the progress in ensuring closer coordination of economic policies and sustained convergence of economic performances of the Member States in accordance with the Treaty. Where appropriate, this report shall be accompanied by a proposal for amendments to the Regulation. The report and any accompanying proposals shall be forwarded to the European Parliament and the Council.
  • date: 2011-11-08T00:00:00 type: Act adopted by Council after Parliament's 1st reading body: EP/CSL
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  • date: 2011-11-23T00:00:00 type: Final act published in Official Journal summary: PURPOSE: to strengthen economic governance in the EU – and more specifically in the euro area – as part of the EU's response to the current difficulties on sovereign debt markets ( enforcement measures to correct excessive macroeconomic imbalances in the euro area). LEGISLATIVE ACT: Regulation ( EU) No 1174/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council on enforcement measures to correct excessive macroeconomic imbalances in the euro area. CONTENT: on the basis of a compromise reached with the European Parliament, the Council adopted a package of six legislative proposals (“six-pack”) aiming to strengthen economic governance in the EU – and more specifically in the euro area. The measures set out to ensure the degree of coordination necessary to avoid the accumulation of excessive imbalances and to ensure sustainable public finances. This will help the EU's monetary union to function properly in the long term. They consist of: a regulation amending regulation 1466/97 on the surveillance of Member States budgetary and economic policies; a regulation amending regulation 1467/97 on the EU's excessive deficit procedure; a regulation on the enforcement of budgetary surveillance in the euro area ; a regulation on the prevention and correction of macroeconomic imbalances; a regulation on enforcement measures to correct excessive macroeconomic imbalances in the euro area ; a directive on requirements for the Member States' budgetary frameworks . The main elements of this Regulation are as follows: Scope : this Regulation lays down a system of sanctions for the effective correction of excessive macroeconomic imbalances in the euro area. Sanctions : an interest-bearing deposit shall be imposed by a Council decision, acting on a recommendation from the Commission, if a Council decision establishing non-compliance is adopted in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 1176/2011, where the Council concludes that the Member State concerned has not taken the corrective action recommended by the Council. An annual fine shall be imposed by a Council decision , acting on a recommendation by the Commission, where: (a) two successive Council recommendations in the same imbalance procedure as regards excessive imbalances and the Council considers that the Member State has submitted an insufficient corrective action plan; or (b) two successive Council decisions in the same imbalance procedure as regards excessive imbalances. In this case, the annual fine shall be imposed by means of converting the interest-bearing deposit into an annual fine. The abovementioned decisions shall be deemed adopted by the Council unless it decides, by qualified majority, to reject the recommendation within 10 days of its adoption by the Commission. The Council may decide, by qualified majority, to amend the recommendation. The interest-bearing deposit or the annual fine recommended by the Commission shall be 0.1% of the GDP in the preceding year of the Member State concerned . Allocation of the fines: fines shall be assigned to the European Financial Stability Facility. When the Member States whose currency is the euro create another stability mechanism to provide financial assistance in order to safeguard the stability of the euro area as a whole, those fines shall be assigned to that mechanism. Review : by 14 December 2014 and every 5 years thereafter, the Commission shall publish a report on the application of this Regulation. The report shall evaluate, inter alia: (a) the effectiveness of this Regulation; (b) the progress in ensuring closer coordination of economic policies and sustained convergence of economic performances of the Member States in accordance with the TFEU. Where appropriate, that report shall be accompanied by a proposal for amendments to this Regulation. The Commission shall send the report and any accompanying proposals to the European Parliament and to the Council. ENTRY INTO FORCE: 13/12/2011. docs: title: Regulation 2011/1174 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=32011R1174 title: OJ L 306 23.11.2011, p. 0008 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=OJ:L:2011:306:TOC
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