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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
Federica Mogherini: We've had 8-hour long, very intense Foreign Affairs Council. We expressed solidarity with the UK on the #Salisbury case
19 March 2018 17:12
Adelina Marini #FAC #Mogherini: Sometimes I feel it is we and the UN that insist on a political solution in #Syria
19 March 2018 17:33
Adelina Marini
Euro area finance ministers are gathering together for a regular Eurogroup meeting. Main topics on the agenda - the implementation of all prior actions by #Greece and the preparation of the euro area summit in end-March. Stay tuned for live updates
12 March 2018 14:32
Adelina Marini #Eurogroup #Greece #Moscovici: It will be a major test of credibility for the rest of our discussions
12 March 2018 18:15
Adelina Marini
#ECB decided after today's Governing Council meeting to keep the key interest rates unchanged. Regarding non-standard monetary measures the ECB for the first time decided not to increase the pace of asset purchases in case of a need
8 March 2018 14:36
Adelina Marini #ECB #Draghi: Often there are unconscious biases that play a role
8 March 2018 15:18

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