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Post-Programme Surveillance Report. Spain, Autumn 2016

Post-Programme Surveillance Report. Spain, Autumn 2016

December 2016

This report by the European Commission presents the findings of the sixth post-programme surveillance mission to Spain and identifies remaining challenges for the Spanish economy.

Topics: EU Member State economies; Financial assistance programmes

Series: Institutional Papers

 
Ex Post Evaluation of the Economic Adjustment Programme. Portugal, 2011-2014

Ex Post Evaluation of the Economic Adjustment Programme. Portugal, 2011-2014

November 2016

This report assesses Portugal’s 2011-2014 Economic adjustment programme in order to draw lessons for the future.

Topics: Financial assistance programmes; Economic crisis; EU Member State economies

Series: Institutional Papers

 
Joint Report on Health Care and Long-Term Care Systems & Fiscal Sustainability

Joint Report on Health Care and Long-Term Care Systems & Fiscal Sustainability

October 2016

This report, prepared by the staff of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs and the Economic Policy Committee (Ageing Working Group), presents policy challenges for health care and long term care, and options on how to contain spending pressures through efficiency gains, in order to ensure fiscally sustainable access to good quality services for all.

Topics: Economic policy coordination; Public finances; Structural policies, growth and development; EU Member State economies

 
What is behind Denmark’s Current Account Surplus?

What is behind Denmark’s Current Account Surplus?

September 2016

An examination of the factors driving Denmark’s current account surplus.

Topics: Economic policy coordination ; EU Member State economies

Series: Economic Briefs

 
Post-Programme Surveillance Report. Portugal, Summer 2016

Post-Programme Surveillance Report. Portugal, Summer 2016

September 2016

This report by the European Commission presents the findings of the fourth post-programme surveillance mission to Portugal and identifies remaining challenges for the Portuguese economy.

Topics: Financial assistance programmes; EU Member State economies

Series: Institutional Papers

 
Post-Programme Surveillance Report. Ireland, Spring 2016

Post-Programme Surveillance Report. Ireland, Spring 2016

September 2016

This report by the European Commission presents the findings of the fifth post-programme surveillance mission to Ireland and identifies remaining challenges for the Irish economy.

Topics: EU member state economies, Public finances, Structural policies, growth and development

Series: Institutional Papers

 
What Makes a Good ʽBad Bankʼ? The Irish, Spanish and German Experience

What Makes a Good ʽBad Bankʼ? The Irish, Spanish and German Experience

September 2016

This paper looks at the ‘bad banks’ set up to deal with non-performing loans in Ireland, Spain and Germany as well as the factors required to make such asset management companies achieve their objectives.

Topics: Public financesEU Member State economies; Financial marketsEconomic crisis

Series: Discussion Papers

 
Fiscal Policy after the Crisis – Workshop Proceedings

Fiscal Policy after the Crisis – Workshop Proceedings

July 2016

This paper presents the proceedings of the annual Public Finance Workshop organised by the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs in Brussels on 19 January 2016.

Topics: Public financesEU Member State economiesEconomic crisis

Series: Discussion Papers

 
An Economic Take on the Refugee Crisis - A Macroeconomic Assessment for the EU

An Economic Take on the Refugee Crisis - A Macroeconomic Assessment for the EU

July 2016

This report focuses on asylum seekers and refugees, presenting a first assessment of the impacts of the unexpected inflows of these individuals on the economies of the EU.

Topics: Economic policy coordination; Public finances; Structural policies, growth and development; EU Member State economies; Economic indicators; Labour markets

Series:

 
The French VAT System and Revenue Efficiency

The French VAT System and Revenue Efficiency

July 2016

This paper looks at the use of reduced VAT rates in France and its implications for revenue efficiency.

Topics: Public finances ; EU member states economies

Series: Economic Briefs

 
The Economic Outlook after the UK Referendum: A First Assessment for the Euro Area and the EU

The Economic Outlook after the UK Referendum: A First Assessment for the Euro Area and the EU

July 2016

The economic outlook after the UK referendum: Commission publishes a first assessment for the euro area and the EU.

Topics: EU Member State economies; Forecasts; Economic indicators

Series: Institutional Papers

 
Greenfield Foreign Direct Investment and Structural Reforms in Europe: what factors determine investments?

Greenfield Foreign Direct Investment and Structural Reforms in Europe: what factors determine investments?

June 2016

This report looks at the factors that influence the flows of new foreign direct investment across the EU, with a particular focus on the role of product market and business climate regulation.

Topics: Structural policies, growth and development ; EU Member State economies ; Financing investment ;

Series: Discussion Papers

 
Post-Programme Surveillance Report. Spain, Spring 2016

Post-Programme Surveillance Report. Spain, Spring 2016

June 2016

This report by the European Commission presents the findings of the fourth post-programme surveillance mission to Spain and identifies remaining challenges for the Spanish economy.

Topics: EU Member State economies, Financial assistance programmes

Categories: Institutional Papers

 
Convergence Report 2016

Convergence Report 2016

June 2016

Convergence Reports examine whether Member States satisfy the conditions for adopting the single currency. The 2016 Convergence Report, adopted on 7 June 2016, is a regular biennial report and examines progress with convergence in seven Member States with a derogation - Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Sweden. The report concludes that none of the countries examined fulfils all conditions for adopting the euro at this stage.

Topics: Monetary policy, EU Member State economies, The euro

Series: Institutional Papers

 
Fiscal Consolidation in Ireland: Recent Successes and Remaining Challenges

Fiscal Consolidation in Ireland: Recent Successes and Remaining Challenges

May 2016

A look at the success of Ireland’s recent fiscal consolidation efforts and remaining fiscal policy challenges.

Topics: Economic policy coordination, Public finances, EU Member States economies

Series: Economic Briefs

 
Quarterly Report on the Euro Area (QREA), Vol.15, No.1 (2016)

Quarterly Report on the Euro Area (QREA), Vol.15, No.1 (2016)

April 2016

Structural reform measures underway in Italy, France, Spain and Portugal could have significant economic benefits and raise GDP, model simulations presented in this edition of the QREA show. Other chapters in this edition look at the effects of population ageing and slowing total factor productivity growth on GDP, inflation and interest rates; and the drivers of total factor productivity growth.

Topics: Economic policy coordination ; Structural policies, growth and development ; EU Member State economies ; Labour markets

 
The Economic Impact of Selected Structural Reform Measures in Italy, France, Spain and Portugal

The Economic Impact of Selected Structural Reform Measures in Italy, France, Spain and Portugal

April 2016

This paper presents a rigorous methodology for analysing the potential impact of structural reforms by looking at actual measures in four Member States (Italy, France, Spain and Portugal). The model simulations show that the selected reform measures examined could have significant economic benefits in terms of GDP and employment.

Topics: Structural policies, growth and development; EU Member State economiesLabour markets; Product markets

Series: Institutional Papers

 
Post-Programme Surveillance Report – Portugal, Winter 2015/2016

Post-Programme Surveillance Report – Portugal, Winter 2015/2016

April 2016

This report by the European Commission presents the findings of the third post-programme surveillance mission to Portugal and identifies remaining challenges for the Portuguese economy.

Topics: Financial assistance programmes ; EU Member State economies

 
Fiscal Reaction Functions for European Union Countries

Fiscal Reaction Functions for European Union Countries

April 2016

This paper looks at how EU Member States adapt their fiscal policies to respond to the challenges of high levels of public debt and weak macro-financial conditions.

Topics: Public finances; EU Member State economies; Economic crisis

Series: Discussion Paper

 
Economic growth in Slovakia: Past successes and future challenges

Economic growth in Slovakia: Past successes and future challenges

March 2016

This papers looks at the drivers of economic growth in Slovakia before and since the crisis.

Topics: Structural policies, growth and development ; EU Member State economies

Series: Economic Briefs

 
Political Economy of Tax Reforms – Workshop proceedings

Political Economy of Tax Reforms – Workshop proceedings

March 2016

Proceedings of a workshop on the political economy of tax reforms, hosted by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs in Brussels on 19 October 2015.

Topics: Public finances, EU Member State economies

Series: Discussion Paper

 
Compared Performances of French Companies on the Domestic and Foreign Markets

Compared Performances of French Companies on the Domestic and Foreign Markets

February 2016

An article studying the potential relation of complementarity or substitutability, between domestic and foreign sales of French firms.

Topics: EU Member State economiesProduct markets; International economics and non-EU economies.

Series: Discussion Paper

 
Post-Programme Surveillance Report - Ireland, Autumn 2015

Post-Programme Surveillance Report - Ireland, Autumn 2015

January 2016

This report by the European Commission presents the findings of the fourth post-programme surveillance mission to Ireland and identifies remaining challenges for the Irish economy.

Topics: EU Member State economies ; Public finances ; Structural policies, growth and development

Series: Institutional Papers

 
Quarterly Report on the Euro Area (QREA), Vol.14, No.4 (2015)

Quarterly Report on the Euro Area (QREA), Vol.14, No.4 (2015)

January 2016

This edition of the QREA reviews the issue of shocks and adjustment in the light of recent crises. It analyses the functioning of a key internal adjustment process in EMU, the "relative price mechanism", as well as the "real interest rate mechanism". It also reviews the different implications of high levels of indebtedness.

Topics: Economic policy coordination; Structural policies, growth and development; EU Member State economies; Labour markets;

 
The Impact of Rapid Credit Growth on Slovakia’s Housing Market

The Impact of Rapid Credit Growth on Slovakia’s Housing Market

December 2015

This paper looks at the macroeconomic impact of the growth in lending for home purchases in Slovakia and suggests policies that could make the housing market more resilient.

Topics: Structural policies, growth and development, EU Member State economies, Public finances, Financial markets

Series: Economic Briefs

 
Using financial variables to estimate the Irish output gap: do they make a difference?

Using financial variables to estimate the Irish output gap: do they make a difference?

December 2015

Standard potential output estimates during Ireland’s housing boom failed to detect the build-up of imbalances and risks to the country’s public finances. This paper looks at an alternative methodology, including financial variables such as property prices and bank credit, which would have supported a more cautious assessment at the time.

Topics: Public finances ; EU Member State economies ; Financial markets

Series: Economic Briefs

 
Balance of Payments Assistance Programme. Romania, 2013-2015

Balance of Payments Assistance Programme. Romania, 2013-2015

November 2015

This report assesses the outcome of the third EU balance of payments financial assistance programme for Romania 2013-2015.

Topics: Financial assistance programmes ; EU Member State economies

Categories: Institutional Papers

 
European Economic Forecast - Autumn 2015

European Economic Forecast - Autumn 2015

November 2015

The economic recovery in the euro area and the European Union as a whole is now in its third year. It should continue at a modest pace next year despite more challenging conditions in the global economy.

Topics: EU Member State economies ; Forecasts ; Economic indicators

Categories: Institutional Papers

 
Interlinkages between Household and Corporate Debt in Advanced Economies

Interlinkages between Household and Corporate Debt in Advanced Economies

October 2015

This paper explores the connections between household and corporate deleveraging.

Topics: EU Member State economies ; Financial markets ; International Economic and non-EU economies

Series: Discussion Paper

 
Quarterly Report on the Euro Area (QREA), Vol.14, No.3 (2015)

Quarterly Report on the Euro Area (QREA), Vol.14, No.3 (2015)

October 2015

This edition of the QREA compares the euro area’s economic recovery since the crisis to similar events in the past and in other major economies. Other chapters evaluate the performance of the EU’s methodology for calculating output gaps; inflation; and the performance of Ireland’s economic adjustment programme.

Topics: Economic policy coordination ; Monetary policy ; EU Member State economies ; Financial assistance programmes ; The euro

Series: Institutional Papers

 
The Economic Adjustment Programme for Cyprus – 7th Review Summer 2015

The Economic Adjustment Programme for Cyprus – 7th Review Summer 2015

October 2015

This report assesses Cyprus’ compliance with the terms and conditions of its economic adjustment programme.

Topics: Structural policies, growth and development ; Financial assistance programmes ; EU Member State economies ; Public finances ; Economic crisis

Series: Institutional Papers

 
Forward to a New Normal: An overview of the ECFIN Fellowship Papers

Forward to a New Normal: An overview of the ECFIN Fellowship Papers

September 2015

Author(s): Karl Pichelmann, Erik Ruscher, Michael Thiel

With a return to pre-crisis economic policies neither possible nor desirable, DG ECFIN asked scholars to map out the ‘new economic normal’. In this Economic Brief, Karl Pichelmann, Eric Ruscher and Michael Thiel of DG ECFIN, provide an overview of the contributions to the DG ECFIN’s 2014-2015 Fellowship Initiative “Growth, integration and structural convergence revisited”.

Topics: Economic policy coordination ; Structural policies, growth and development ; EU Member State economies

Series: Economic Briefs

 
Small Firms and Domestic Bank Dependence in Europe’s Great Recession

Small Firms and Domestic Bank Dependence in Europe’s Great Recession

September 2015

Author(s): Mathias Hoffmann, Bent E. Sorensen

Mathias Hoffmann (University of Zurich & CESifo) and Bent E. Sørensen (University of Houston & CEPR) look at the relationship between the dependency of small firms on domestic banks and their vulnerability to global banking sector shocks.

This Discussion Paper was prepared under DG ECFIN’s 2014-2015 Fellowship Initiative “Growth, integration and structural convergence revisited”.

Topics: Economic policy coordination

Series: Discussion Papers

 
The Legacy Debt and the Joint Path of Public Deficit and Debt in the Euro Area

The Legacy Debt and the Joint Path of Public Deficit and Debt in the Euro Area

September 2015

Author(s): Alberto Caruso, Lucrezia Reichlin, Giovanni Ricco

The joint dynamics of public debt and public deficit levels in the euro area between 1981 and 2013 are examined by Alberto Caruso (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Lucrezia Reichlin (London Business School and CEPR) and Giovanni Ricco (University of Warwick) who also compute projections up until 2020. This Discussion Paper was prepared under DG ECFIN’s 2014-2015 Fellowship Initiative “Growth, integration and structural convergence revisited”.

Topics: EU Member State economies, Economic indicators, Public finances

Series: Discussion Papers

 
From Mind the Gap to Closing the Gap. Avenues to Reverse Stagnation in Europe through Investment and Productivity Growth

From Mind the Gap to Closing the Gap. Avenues to Reverse Stagnation in Europe through Investment and Productivity Growth

September 2015

Author(s): Bart van Ark

Bart van Ark (The Conference Board and University of Groningen) examines the stagnation of growth in Europe and the importance of Total Factor Productivity and ICT. This Discussion Paper was prepared under DG ECFIN’s 2014-2015 Fellowship Initiative “Growth, integration and structural convergence revisited”.

Topics: EU Member State economies, Structural policies, growth and development

Series: Discussion Papers

 
Household saving rates in the EU: Why do they differ so much?

Household saving rates in the EU: Why do they differ so much?

September 2015

Author(s): Michael H. Stierle, Stijn Rocher

This paper investigates factors which may help to explain why household saving rates across the EU vary so significantly.

Topics: EU Member State economies, Economic indicators, Financing investment

Series: Discussion Papers

 
Economic Convergence of Central and Eastern European EU Member States over the Last Decade (2004-2014)

Economic Convergence of Central and Eastern European EU Member States over the Last Decade (2004-2014)

July 2015

Author(s): Balázs Forgó, Anton Jevčák

Taking stock of the progress achieved by the ten Central and Eastern European countries which entered the EU in 2004 and 2007, this report looks at their economies in terms of their real and nominal economic convergence. It analyses the period from 2004 to 2014 to offer a longer-term perspective on convergence, while providing also a horizontal, cross-country comparison of convergence.

Topics: EU Member State economies ; Economic indicators ; Enlargement

Series: Discussion Papers

 
The Economic Adjustment Programme. Cyprus, 6th Review – Spring 2015

The Economic Adjustment Programme. Cyprus, 6th Review – Spring 2015

July 2015

This report, the sixth of its type, assesses compliance with the terms and conditions set out in the Economic Adjustment Programme for Cyprus, as agreed between the Cypriot authorities and the EC, the ECB and the IMF in 2013.

Topics: Structural policies, growth and development; Financial assistance programmes; EU Member State economies; Public finances; Economic crisis

Series: Institutional Papers

 
Post-Programme Surveillance Report. Portugal, Spring 2015

Post-Programme Surveillance Report. Portugal, Spring 2015

July 2015

This report by the European Commission presents the findings of the second post-programme surveillance mission to Portugal and identifies remaining challenges for the Portuguese economy.

Topics: Financial assistance programmes; EU Member State economies

Series: Institutional Papers

 
Ex post evaluation of the economic adjustment programme for Ireland (2010-2013)

Ex post evaluation of the economic adjustment programme for Ireland (2010-2013)

July 2015

In December 2010, European Union governments and the International Monetary Fund agreed to provide Ireland with up to EUR 67.5 billion in a novel and complex financial assistance programme designed to repair the country’s banking sector, economy and public finances. This report looks to draw lessons for the future from the programme, which proved to be appropriate and effective overall.

Summary for non-specialists DE - FR

Topics: Financial assistance programmes; Economic crisis; EU Member State economies

 
Quarterly Report on the Euro Area (QREA), Vol.14, No.2 (2015)

Quarterly Report on the Euro Area (QREA), Vol.14, No.2 (2015)

July 2015

The focus section of the report looks at euro area services sectors. It finds evidence that service sectors in the euro area are underperforming, meaning that reforms to address structural bottlenecks and support greater competition could contribute to boosting exports, growth and competitiveness. The two special features of the report deal with the economic impact of oil prices and business cycle synchronisation.

Topics: Structural policies, growth and development; Economic policy coordination; EU Member State economies

Series: Institutional Papers

 
European Economic Forecast - Winter 2015

European Economic Forecast - Winter 2015

February 2015

Growth this year is forecast to rise to 1.7% for the EU as a whole and to 1.3% for the euro area. In 2016, economic activity should grow by 2.1% and 1.9% respectively.

Categories: EU Member State economies; Forecasts; Economic indicators

Series: European Economy

 
European Economic Forecast - Autumn 2014

European Economic Forecast - Autumn 2014

November 2014

The European Commission's autumn forecast projects weak economic growth for the rest of this year in both the EU and the euro area. In the course of 2015, a gradual strengthening of economic activity is expected and growth is projected to rise further in 2016. All EU countries are set to register positive growth in 2015 and 2016. This is also when the lagged impact of already implemented reforms should be felt more strongly.

Categories :EU Member State economies; Forecasts; Economic indicators

Series: European Economy

 

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