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  1. 24.01.2018 · ZEW (sel)
    ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels
    European Union | Reform actions | Economic reform | reform process | ZEW Lunch Debates
    ZEW economist Friedrich Heinemann comments on possible savings reserves in the EU budget

    In early 2018, the European Commission is set to open EU budget negotiations with its own proposal for how the budget should look after 2020. During coalition negotiations in Germany, the CDU, CSU and SPD agreed on plans to increase Germany’s payments to the EU. EU Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources, Günther Oettinger, has already announced that the EU’s budget proposal will also include ideas for new sources of revenue. The EU budget and potential savings will be the focus of today’s Lunch Debate, which is part of a regular discussion series hosted in Brussels by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim. On the subject of EU budget reforms, Professor Friedrich Heinemann, head of the Research Department “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” at ZEW, offers his view.

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  2. 27.04.2017 · ZEW (sel)
    ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels
    ZEW Lunch Debates | Fiscal policy | European Commission | European Fiscal Board
    The European Fiscal Board was set up to advise the EU Commission on fiscal matters.

    In the recent past, the credibility of the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP) has increasingly suffered from the European Commission's broad interpretation of SGP regulations. Up until now, political forbearance has prevented sanctions from being imposed according to the rules. The European Fiscal Board (EFB), which was set up by the EU Commission in 2016, offers opportunities for improvement. In cooperation with international research partners, the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, investigated how the EFB functions and made proposals how to strengthen the EFB in its role as an impartial counterpart to the European Commission. Today, these proposals were presented at the ZEW Lunch Debate entitled "Making the Most of the European Fiscal Board" in Brussels.

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