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Parliamentary questions
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6 September 2019
Question for written answer E-002679-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Mara Bizzotto (ID)

 Subject:  Possible reform of the Stability and Growth Pact: request for clarification from the Commission

The news broke on 26 August 2019 of a Commission working document entitled ‘SGP 2.1’ which describes the limitations of the Stability and Growth Pact and states that some of its goals, such as debt reduction, are impossible for many Member States to meet. The document suggests that one solution being considered is to simplify the budget rules and rethink the debt control targets, to make these more reasonable for the euro area economies. The Commission has always denied that it intends to review budgetary requirements, with its spokesperson Mina Andreeva stating that ‘no such project or plans exist’ and referring to ‘draft internal brainstorming documents from the services’ which [have] ‘not even been seen by the political hierarchy of the Commission, nor by the president-elect or her transition team, let alone endorsed in any way’ and which ‘should therefore be given zero credence.’

Can the Commission state

1. Whether it intends to review the Stability and Growth Pact with a view to relaxing the current budgetary requirements? 2. If so, can it indicate when and how it plans to carry out such a review?

Original language of question: IT 
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