Niels Thygesen, Roel Beetsma, Massimo Bordignon, Xavier Debrun, Mateusz Szczurek, Martin Larch, Matthias Busse, Mateja Gabrijelcic, Laszlo Jankovics, Janis Malzubris, 10 November 2021

The policy responses to the Covid-19 pandemic underscored two interlinked issues in the EU fiscal surveillance framework: the failure or difficulty on the part of some member states to build fiscal buffers in good times, followed by the tendency to find new often improvised forms of flexibility in the implementation of the EU fiscal rules or through new elements of risk sharing when times turn bad. The latest European Fiscal Board annual report proposes a reform to the EU fiscal framework based on (1) a medium-term debt anchor; (2) an expenditure rule as the main policy instrument; and (3) a single escape clause applied on the basis of independent analysis.

Coen Teulings, 13 September 2018

The decade following the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy was a traumatic period for the euro area. Though the financial crisis originated in the US, the recovery there was quicker than in the euro area, and the output loss in the euro area appears to be about 15% compared to ‘only’ 10% for the US. This column argues that the imbalance between monetary and fiscal integration seems to have been an important factor behind the euro area being hit more severely than the US. A revision of the fiscal rules is needed.

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