Euro Zone Ministers Pledge Lasting Fiscal Support for Economy
BERLIN—Euro zone finance ministers pledged continued fiscal support on Friday to get their economies..
BERLIN—Euro zone finance ministers pledged continued fiscal support on Friday to get their economies running again after the COVID-19 crisis, chairman of the Eurogroup Paschal Donohoe said after they met in Berlin.
At their first in-person meeting since February, finance ministers from the 19 countries that share the euro talked informally about the fiscal response to the pandemic that has savaged the European economy since March.
“There will be no sudden stop, no policy cliff-edge, and overall budgetary policy will continue to support the economy,” Donohoe, who is Irelands finance minister, told a news conference after the meeting.
While the ministers did not pledge any addition to the vast sums already promised to keep the economy going, they made clear there would not be fiscal tightening any time soon and that they would keep their foot on the accelerator as long as needed.
European Union governments have already announced more than 3.7 trillion euros in various support measures for their economies since the pandemic started and the bloc has added another 1.3 trillion euros that could be tapped over time.
The latter includes a recovery package of 750 billion euros in grants and loans that the EU as a whole will borrow on financial markets and spend over the next three years to boost growth. The package is now going through the European Parliament and is expected to be ready by Jan. 1.
In total, government support in various forms is almost 36 percent of EU gross domestic product, on top of unpreRead More – Source