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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
#EUCO This afternoon, in Brussels, will begin the last EU summit this year. It will be the first that will work on Donald Tusk's Leaders' Agenda (details in the link below). In his agenda two topics are planned for the December European Council - migration and the future of the EMU. Both have already created strong tensions between Tusk and the Commission after the European Council president came up with documents of his own, which are much more reduced than those of the Commission, and reactions in the building across the street were furious. The leaders will mark the launch by 25 member states of PESCO at a special ceremony today. Leaders will be joined by NATO secretary general to discuss EU-NATO cooperation. Leaders are also expected to extend sanctions against Russia after hearing a report by Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron on the implementation of the Minsk agreements. Progress on the Brexit negotiations will be discussed on Friday. This is one of the toxic issues on the agenda. On Friday will take place also the expanded euro area summit, which is open for non-euro countries as well. Stay tuned for details and live updates throughout the day and tomorrow! euinsi.de/0Dcy
14 December 2017 10:17
Adelina Marini #EUCO Juncker: I'm sure Avramopoulos's words are a misunderstanding and we should not pay so much attention
15 December 2017 14:49
Adelina Marini
During a hearing at the economic committee of EP #Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem paid tribute to #Greece for the impressive implementation of the 3rd bailout programme
7 December 2017 09:19
Adelina Marini #Eurogroup Dijsselbloem: I remember when #Germany as the sick man of Europe but they did significant reforms. I'd tell the Germans that this impact won't last forever
7 December 2017 11:02
Adelina Marini
#EMU The @EU_Commission will present today the long-awaited plans on the deepening of integration in the euro area. Stay tuned for live updates!
6 December 2017 11:40
Adelina Marini #EMU Moscovici: The proposal which non-euro area countries will not be able to refuse is not of the type as in the movie "The Godfather"
6 December 2017 13:56
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