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Speech by Commissioner Olli Rehn on "Economic outlook and governance in the euro area" at the Extraordinary ECON meeting at the European Parliament in Brussels.

29/08/2011

Mme Chair, Honourable Members, I would like to thank you for your invitation to this meeting to discuss recent developments in the European economy. Let me first assess the current economic and financial market situation before focusing on some specific points of legislative or institutional nature related to the debt crisis.


Mikkeli, Finland, 21 August 2011

22/08/2011

Discussions  surrounding the candidates  for the 2012 presidential elections in Finland  are ongoing. I have been asked to consider  whether I will run. I appreciate the messages of support that I have received to this effect from various strands of Finnish society.

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Statement by President Barroso and Commissioner Rehn on today's proposals by President Sarkozy and Chancelor Merkel

16/08/2011

The proposals made today by President Sarkozy and Chancellor Merkel are a welcome step forward in our common efforts to strengthen the governance of the euro area. They represent an important political contribution by the leaders of the two largest euro area economies to this debate and the on-going work.


Sivistysliikkeen tehtävistä Suomessa ja Euroopassa

12/08/2011

Hyvä Jorma, hyvät ystävät, Kiitän kutsusta osallistua tähän Jorma Keräsen kunniaksi järjestettyyn tilaisuuteen. Tämä on minulle kunniatehtävä! Olet Jorma tehnyt mittavan työn ajatuksen kirkastajana ja kansalaisten kasvattajana täällä Alkio-opistolla. Työsi vaikutukset ovat täällä opiskelleiden ihmisten välityksellä heijastuneet laajalle yhteiskuntaan ja eri puolille maatamme ja maailmaa. Alkio-opisto on sivistyshenkisen tehtävänsä puolesta mitä mainioin ja motivoivin työpaikka. Puhun sikäli kokemuksen rintaäänellä, että tein täällä usein valistustyötä ja vaimoni on puolestaan suorittanut kulttuurisihteerin tutkinnon Alkio-opistossa.


Ongoing developments in the eurozone

05/08/2011

I will start by stating the obvious: markets have not reacted as we expected or hoped for to the measures agreed by euro-area Heads of State and Government on 21 July.
The spread of bond-market tensions across the euro area is, however, not justified by economic and budgetary fundamentals. Economic recovery is proceeding in most parts of the euro area, while important steps in budgetary consolidation and structural reform are underway across Europe and in particular in those Member States most exposed to market tensions.
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