Rethinking the European Fiscal Framework

Rethinking the European Fiscal Framework

Workshop organised by the European Fiscal Board, in collaboration with CEPR and ACES

Charlemagne Building, Rue de la Loi 170, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

Friday 28 February 2020, Brussels


Video Recording:

The full set of papers, presentations and videos is now available on the European Fiscal Board's (EFB) website

The experience with the current European fiscal framework is at best mixed, as the European Fiscal Board has shown in its recent evaluation report of the EU fiscal rules. Indeed, there is substantial discussion about how they could be best revised. This workshop revisits the EU fiscal rules. However, it also takes a broader view of EU arrangements by exploring the case for a central fiscal capacity and “blue sky arrangements” based on a complete overhaul of the current fiscal framework.



08.30 - 09.00                Registration


09.00 - 09.15                Welcoming remarks by Roel Beetsma | Member, European Fiscal Board and CEPR


09.15 – 09.30              Keynote address by Paolo Gentiloni | European Commissioner for Economy

                                    Chair: Niels Thygesen | Chair, European Fiscal Board


Session 1                  European fiscal rules (speakers 25 min., discussant 15 min., floor 15 min.)

                                   Chair: Cláudia Braz | Central Bank of Portugal


09.30 - 11.15              'Consistent Flexibility: Enforcement of Fiscal Rules Through Political Incentives’

                                   Eckhard Janeba | University of Mannheim

                                   ‘Do EU Fiscal Rules Support Counter-cyclical Fiscal Policy? The Importance of Institutional Reform

                                   Martin Larch | Head of Secretariat, European Fiscal Board

                                   ‘Performance of spending rules at the EU level – a quantitative assessment

                                   Gilles Mourre | European Commission

                                   Discussant: Philippe Martin | Professor Science Po and CEPR


11.15 – 11.40             Coffee break


Session 2                  Central Fiscal Capacities (speakers 25 min., discussant 15 min.; floor 15 min.)

                                   Chair: Jeromin Zettelmeyer | International Monetary Fund and CEPR


11.40 – 13.25   'An Unemployment Re-Insurance Scheme for the Eurozone? Stabilizing and  Redistributive Effects

Mathias Dolls | Ifo Institute and CESifo

                                     'On the Design of a European Unemployment Insurance System’

Ramon Marimon | European University Institute and CEPR

On a fiscal capacity for the euro area

 Lars Feld | German Council of Economic Advisors & University of Freiburg

 Discussant: Agnès Bénassy-Quéré | Paris School of Economics


13.25 - 14.40                 Lunch break


Session 3                      Blue-sky proposals (speaker 40 min., discussants 10 min.; floor 15 min.)

                                       Chair: Lucrezia Reichlin | London Business School and CEPR


14.40 – 15.55                 ‘Revisiting the EU fiscal framework in an era of low interest rates

                                      Keynote address by Olivier Blanchard | Peterson Institute for International Economics      and CEPR

  Discussants: Clemens Fuest (President CESifo) and Thomas Wieser (Bruegel)


15.55 - 17.05                 Panel Discussion: Rethinking the EU Fiscal Framework   

  Jean Pisani-Ferry (Moderator) | Sciences-Po and EUI

  Lucrezia Reichlin (10 min) | London Business School and CEPR

  Mateusz Szczurek (10min) | Member of the European Fiscal Board

  Guido Tabellini (10min) | University of Bocconi and CEPR

  Beatrice Weder di Mauro (10 min) | CEPR

  Olivier Blanchard | Peterson Institute for International Economics and CEPR


17.05 - 17.20                   Concluding remarks by Massimo Bordignon | Member of the European Fiscal Board