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Spring EU Summit: Bad Perspectives and More Austerity

Two are the main topics on the agenda of the spring EU summit on March 14-15 in Brussels: economic policy and external relations. The largest part of their time the leaders are expected to spend on economic policy as, according to the tradition, they will deal with the European semester. They will review the implementation of the country-specific recommendations for 2012, their commitments under the Euro Plus Pact, the national reform programmes, the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy. Progress on the agreed last year growth pact will also be discussed. An important element of the talks will be work on the legislation that will allow the permanent rescue fund of the eurozone to lend directly to banks for recapitalisation.

Regarding foreign policy, on the agenda of the leaders is a review of relations with the strategic partners as attention is expected to be paid on the recently reached consent negotiations to start on a comprehensive trade agreement with the US. There will be no written conclusions on that topic.

14 March 2013 11:14 The Commission Strikes Back

As euinside predicted, the spring EU summit will turn into a battle field for the proponents of austerity measures and their opponents. While in the European Parliament a debate was taking place in Strasbourg on the upcoming summit and the EU's economic perspectives, the Commission stroke back ...

12 March 2013 12:21 Everything Is Perfect, But Where is the Growth?

On Thursday and Friday, in Brussels, the leaders of the EU member states will gather together for their spring summit which, as the tradition goes, will be dedicated on economic policies. On the agenda of the summit are the topics about progress under the European semester, the Annual Growth Su ...

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