Eurozone governance: Debate with Eurogroup president Dijsselbloem
Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem will take part in a plenary debate for the first time, on Tuesday morning, when he joins MEPs and Commission and Council representatives to discuss the EU's economic and social priorities for 2016, set out by the Commission in the Annual Growth Survey, and specific recommendations for the euro area as a whole, all presented by the Commission on 26 November.
The euro area recommendation provides tailored advice to member states in the euro area on issues relevant to the functioning of the euro zone as a whole, such as policies related to correcting macro-economic imbalances, the euro area's fiscal stance and the completion of economic and monetary union (EMU).
On the completion of EMU – initially scheduled as a stand-alone debate – MEPs are likely to say the Commission's proposals, presented on 21 October, are insufficient to address the currentshortcomings in the institutional framework of the euro area. They will make a pledge for more parliamentary oversight and public debate, so as to ensure democratic accountability and get citizens on board.
MEPs will also call on the Commission to launch negotiations on an agreement between Parliament, Council and the Eurogroup on European economic governance – as foreseen in the Five Presidents' report – including the European Semester and the ongoing macroeconomic adjustment programmes, such as the one in Greece.
On Thursday, Parliament will also vote on a resolution containing its position on the Commission's proposals for completing EMU, adopted by economic and monetary affairs committee on 1 December.
Procedure: Oral Question followed by a debate (with resolution on EMU)
Debate: Tuesday, 15 December
Vote: Thursday, 17 December
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