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Adelina Marini
Today is a #Eurogroup day. One of the crucial points on the meeting's agenda is the election of a new president. There are four candidates for the position - the minister of finance of Portugal Mario Centeno, of Luxembourg Pierre Gramegna, of Slovakia Peter Kazimir, and of Latvia Dana Reizniece-Ozola. If no candidate receives 10 of the 19 votes each of them will be informed how many votes they'd received and they will have the possibility to withdraw. Ministers will vote until a candidate receives simple majority. The term of the chairman is 2.5 years. He or she will succeed Jeroen Dijsselbloem on the post on 13th of January.
Apart from the election of a new president, the Eurogroup will discuss the Greek bailout programme and the start of the new European Semester. This meeting will again open its doors for non-euro area ministers to finish the preparation for the Euro Area summit on 15 December
4 December 2017 10:01
Adelina Marini #Eurogroup #Italy's FinMin Pier Carlo Padoan said he would support his Portuguese colleague Mario Centeno
4 December 2017 12:45
Adelina Marini #Eurogroup Pierre Gramegna: If I had no chances at all I wouldn't have applied for the position
4 December 2017 12:47
Adelina Marini #Eurogroup Gramegna: I'm a reasonable optimist
4 December 2017 12:53
Adelina Marini Bruno Le Maire: The #Eurogroup president has to be a person who will push for further euro area integration. The Eurogroup must change
4 December 2017 12:54
Adelina Marini #Eurogroup Le Mair: We have four candidates, who are all legitimate. We will hear their proposals and we will decide
4 December 2017 12:56
Adelina Marini Mario Centento: I have put my candidacy forward in order to generate consensus in the #Eurogroup
4 December 2017 12:58
Adelina Marini #Eurogroup Peter Altmaier: All four candidates are qualified for the position
4 December 2017 13:01
Adelina Marini #Eurogroup Jeroen #Dijsselboem: We're very happy that there is a staff-level agreement on #Greece. It is on time which is exceptional
4 December 2017 13:14
Adelina Marini #Dijsselbloem: My piece of advice for the next #Eurogroup president is to keep it whole and united
4 December 2017 13:15
Adelina Marini EU Economy and Finance Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said the same as French FinMin Bruno Le Maire - that the next #Eurogroup chief must work for the deepening of the euro area integration
4 December 2017 13:32
Adelina Marini Pierre #Moscovici: The US tax reform is an American issue but the effect on the budget deficit should be taken into account, and also the potential spillovers on global taxation efforts. The issue will be discussed tomorrow by the ECOFIN
4 December 2017 13:39
Adelina Marini Mario Centeno is the new president of the #Eurogroup. He will take over from Jeroen Dijsselbloem on January 13th. Stay tuned for more details
4 December 2017 17:05
Adelina Marini Jeroen Dijsselbloem: On 22 January the #Eurogroup will take decisions on #Greece's programme. Very good work, showing good will on both sides
4 December 2017 17:16
Adelina Marini #Eurogroup Dijsselbloem: Now is the time to reduce debt levels and create fiscal space for the future
4 December 2017 17:17
Adelina Marini #Eurogroup Dijsselbloem: #Cyprus is exceeding expectations a year and a half after exiting programme. Cyprus has to continue the reform momentum and tackle the NPL issue
4 December 2017 17:20
Adelina Marini Pierre Moscovici: Mario Centeno is taking over the #Eurogroup at a challenging time. With Jeroen's departure a big chapter of the Eurogroup is closing
4 December 2017 17:21
Adelina Marini #Eurogroup Moscovici: There has never been so quick and smooth programme review (of the Greek bailout programme)
4 December 2017 17:24
Adelina Marini #Eurogroup #Moscovici: All institutions now expect #Greece to exceed the budget deficit target of 1.75% by a wide margin
4 December 2017 17:27
Adelina Marini #Eurogroup Klaus Regling: Today #Portugal is one of the success stories and Mario Centeno played a crucial role in that
4 December 2017 17:28
Adelina Marini #Eurogroup Regling: The reached staff-level agreement is a good signal that #Greece more and more owns the programme. This is also a good signal for the markets
4 December 2017 17:31
Adelina Marini #Eurogroup Regling: #Spain and #Cyprus, despite their significant progress, have a long list of challenges
4 December 2017 17:33
Adelina Marini #Eurogroup Mario Centeno: I want to underline the very broad consensus in this candidacy, the firm determination of the Portuguese government in the construction of the EU and the eurozone
4 December 2017 17:35
Adelina Marini #Eurogroup Dijsselbloem: There were several very difficult moments during my term - the very acute crisis in #Cyprus. Those were very tough decisions. We then changed the course. I think I could have had better communication but on the substance those were the right decisions
4 December 2017 17:38
Adelina Marini #Eurogroup Dijsselbloem: Another big issue was the summer of 2015 when the new Greek crisis happened. The third difficult moment was the establishment of the banking union
4 December 2017 17:39
Adelina Marini #Eurogroup Mario Centeno: We have to work for strengthening of the eurozone. We're facing different challenges to those several years ago
4 December 2017 17:48
Adelina Marini #Eurogroup Centeno: We have enough material to work on the future - the Commission reflection paper, the Tusk's agenda, Macron's ideas
4 December 2017 17:50
 
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Adelina Marini
The European Commission is to present the progress reports of the #WesternBalkans and Turkey. Federica Mogherini and Johannes Hahn will present the package just a couple of hours after French President Emmanuel #Macron announced he would not support any further enlargement before the EU had deepened. Stay tuned for live updates!
17 April 2018 15:31
Adelina Marini #Hahn: President #Macron was in line with what our president said in his speech of the State of the Union. This is not a contradiction. It's simply acknowledging we have to improve our internal procedures
17 April 2018 16:03
Adelina Marini
#France President Emmanuel #Macron will address the European Parliament this morning and will take part in a debate. This will be an attempt to rescue his European agenda, which has been losing a lot of steam in the past months. Stay tuned for live updates
17 April 2018 09:42
Adelina Marini Long and passionate standing ovation after Emmanuel Macron finished speaking in the European Parliament
17 April 2018 13:22
Adelina Marini
The EU foreign ministers met today in Luxembourg for a regular Foreign Affairs Council to discuss the situation in #Syria after the coordinated strikes by France, UK and the US in response to the chemical attack in Douma. The ministers also discussed Iran's role in the conflict, relations with Russia, and the preparations for the summit with the Western Balkans in Sofia next month. The meeting ended a while ago. Coming up next is High Representative Federica Mogherini's press conference. Stay tuned for live updates
16 April 2018 18:02
Adelina Marini #FAC #Mogherini: We keep a very open channel with #Iran on the war in #Syria. We need to keep that channel of communication open
16 April 2018 18:41
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