The MIP alert mechanism consists of an economic reading of a scoreboard with 14 indicators covering the major areas of macroeconomic imbalances and adjustment issues. The aim of the alert mechanism is to act as a filter and identify for which countries a more in-depth study into the risks of potential imbalances is required.
The MIP's alert mechanism consists of an economic reading of a scoreboard with 14 headline indicators, with respective alert thresholds, covering the major areas of macroeconomic imbalances and adjustment issues presented in an annual Alert Mechanism Report (AMR). The reading of headline indicators is complemented by twenty-five auxiliary indicators without indicative threshold and providing additional relevant information. The composition of the scoreboard indicators may, and has, evolved over time. The initial scoreboard established in 2011 contained 10 indicators. An additional financial sector indicator was added in 2012 and three more indicators relating to labour market adjustment issues were added in 2015.
The economic reading of the scoreboard indicators implies that there is no automaticity in terms of conclusions (i.e. a "flash" for an indicator does not lead to an automatic conclusion that there is a risk of an imbalance that needs further investigation) and that any other relevant information is also taken into account (which is explicitly expressed in the regulation and supported by a large set of additional so called reading indicators). The choice of indicators in the scoreboard focuses on the most relevant dimensions of macroeconomic imbalances, competitiveness and adjustment issues. For this reason, the scoreboard consists of indicators related to external balances, competitiveness positions, internal imbalances and labour and social adjustment issues.
Beyond being an analytical tool, the scoreboard also has an important communication role. Therefore the scoreboard consists of a limited number of indicators. Moreover, the indicators and data transformations have been kept as simple and straightforward as possible. Given that the scoreboard (indicators and thresholds) need to provide signals of potentially harmful imbalances, competitiveness and adjustment issues at an early stage, a combination of stock and flow indicators which can capture both shorter-term rapid deteriorations as well as the longer term gradual accumulation of imbalances have been chosen. Finally, the main scoreboard is complemented by a large set of auxiliary "reading indicators" that are used to better inform the screening process.
The headline indicators consist of the following fourteen indicators and indicative thresholds, covering the major sources of macroeconomic imbalances:
The economic reading takes into account complementary additional indicators, as stipulated in Article 4.4 of Regulation (EU) No 1176/2011 and outlined in the Alert Mechanism Report. The list of 'scoreboard' and additional indicators was drafted and is regularly reviewed jointly with Member States and the ECB in the context of LIME, a working group of the Economic Policy Committee.
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