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Adelina Marini
#ECON Any minute now the MEPs from the economic committee of the European Parliament will exchange views with Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan, whose country took over the Council Presidency on January 1st. For live coverage of the discussions stay on this website.
22 January 2013 17:04
Adelina Marini #ECON #eu2013ie Mr Noonan started his statement saying that the economic outlook in the beginning of 2013 is much better than that in the beginning of 2012, but still a lot work remains. The biggest challenge is unemployment, he said.
22 January 2013 17:15
Adelina Marini #ECON Irish Finance Minister said that an early agreement on the two-pack was close
22 January 2013 17:18
Adelina Marini #ECON French MEP from EPP Jean-Paul Gauzes objected to Noonan telling him that he did not imagine how close an agreement on two-pack was since the negotiations are in a stalemate. Noonan regretted that and promised he will do everything possible to achieve a compromise. He added that Barroso called for flexibility.
22 January 2013 17:31
Adelina Marini #ECON Arlene McCarthy raised the issue for gender equality, to which Michael Noonan said that was a serious problem which needed to be prioritised. He said that Ireland recently changed its electoral legislation to envisage reduction of funding for political parties that do not meet the female quotas.
22 January 2013 17:37
Adelina Marini Jeroen #Dijsselbloem is very young but very talented. The problem is that he is not well known in the #Eurogroup, the Irish finance minister answered a question. According to him, the new chief of the Eurogroup would succeed. I have no reasons to believe otherwise, Noonan added.
22 January 2013 17:40
Adelina Marini #ECON For the Irish Presidency a major priority is to achieve an agreement on those legislative packages where the previous Cypriot presidency achieved significant progress. Those are the two-pack and the CRD Dicrective. After a consensus is reached on them, the absolute priority remains the banking union, Michael Noonan explained.
22 January 2013 17:44
Adelina Marini Criticism is getting more frequent that the Irish Presidency #eu2013ie is backing off from some priorities on which Cyprus advanced. Michael Noonan reiterated several times that the presidency is only a mediator and cannot impose any positions.
22 January 2013 18:02
Adelina Marini Diogo Feio from the EPP asked Noonan what he thought about the bailout countries to receive compensations when they implement all the conditions in their memoranda of understanding (the adjustment programmes). The Irish finance minister explained that it is indeed tough for the countries and people of bailout countries because their incomes fall, the standard of living falls, unemployment grows, as well as retirement age. But those who endure would ensure prosperity. At the moment options are considered for "compensations" but they are more or less directed toward debt sustainability and not in the form of injections. The solution is restoring growth, he concluded.
22 January 2013 18:17
Adelina Marini The hearing of Irish Finance Minister has just ended in the economic and monetary affairs committee of the European Parliament. The main conclusion - rotation presidencies are just mediators.
22 January 2013 18:37
 
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Adelina Marini
#FAC EU foreign ministers discussed a report by the EU HR for foreign and security policy Federica Mogherini on her visit in #Libya, where the Union re-opened its offices in Tripoli
16 July 2018 15:01
Adelina Marini #FAC #Mogherini on #QMV: We never never in these almost 4 years had a problem with unanimity. I don't exclude in the future this to become a problem but now even on defence we decide with unanimity, even with UK still in. What I can indicate as a problem is the problem of inconsistency. On other issues, yes, indeed
16 July 2018 15:20
Adelina Marini
The #Eurogroup will discuss today the outcome of the European Council in the end of June and in particular the future of the euro area
12 July 2018 14:46
Adelina Marini #Eurogroup Mario Centeno: It's quite impressive the list of commitments Bulgaria has put forward to join both the ERMII and the banking union and it is something worth to praise
12 July 2018 15:01
Adelina Marini
The European Commission is proposing new proposals for a reforms programme for the euro area and a eurozone budget. Stay tuned for live updates
31 May 2018 11:33
Adelina Marini Dombrovskis: Around half of all countries could possibly be benefiting of this stabilisation fund
31 May 2018 12:15
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