Economic and Financial Affairs Council: round table
End production: 12/02/2008 First transmission: 12/02/2008
Following the previous night's decision at the Eurogroup to put pressure on France and, to a lesser extent, on Italy to show leniency over their deficits, the 27 Finance Ministers of the EU were due to vote on 12 February 2008 on the European Commission's assessment of various countries' budgetary programmes, including those of France, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom. Ministers discussed the economic situation and outlook since they last met on 21 January 2008. The relative growth outlook for Europe will be reassessed in the next Commission Interim Forecast (21 February), which will update the outlook for growth and inflation, for the largest economies, the EU and the Euro area. The Finance Ministers also prepared the European Spring Council (March) where the Heads of State and Government will discuss the Lisbon package.
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||Christine Lagarde, French Minister for Economy, Finance and Employment, and Wouter Bos, Dutch Minister for Finance (3 shots)
||Georgios Alogoskoufis, Greek Minister for Economy and Finance, and Christine Lagarde
||Jeannot Krecké, Minister for Economy and Foreign Trade of Luxembourg, and Didier Reynders, Belgian Minister for Finance (3 shots)
||Philippe Maystadt, President of the European Investment Bank, and Joaquín Almunia, Member of the EC in charge of Economic and Monetary Affairs (3 shots)
||Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa, Italian Minister for Economy and Finance, and Philippe Maystadt
||Andrej Bajuk, Slovenian Minister for Finance and President in office of the Council (3 shots)
||Jeannot Krecké, Didier Reynders and Christine Lagarde
||Joaquín Almunia (2 shots)
||Andrej Bajuk (2 shots)
||General views (3 shots)