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Parliamentary questions
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3 November 2014
P-008634-14
Question for written answer P-008634-14
to the Commission
Rule 130
Alexander Graf Lambsdorff (ALDE)

 Subject:  Assessment of 2015 draft budgetary plans in the context of the Stability and Growth Pact
 Answer in writing 

On 28 October 2014, Jyrki Katainen, the Commission Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, confirmed to all 18 eurozone countries that their 2015 preliminary draft budgets were not in serious non-compliance with the Stability and Growth Pact.

1. What would constitute ‘particularly serious non-compliance’ with the budgetary policy obligations laid down in the Stability and Growth Pact within the meaning of Regulation (EU) No 473/2013 of 21 May 2013?

2. What specific measures by France and Italy contributed significantly to their positive reassessment, after they had previously been urged by the Commission to make improvements?

3. Will the Commission allow France and/or Italy more time to reduce their deficits if either or both are unable to meet the requirements of the Stability and Growth Pact for 2015? Does the Commission believe that such a decision would enhance public and market confidence in the Stability and Growth Pact?

Original language of question: DE 
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