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Charles Michel's (first) term as European Council President comes to an end on 30 May 2022. In advance of his potential re-election by EU Heads of State or Government to that function, this paper looks at his activities during the course of his 30-month mandate to date, with a special focus on the institutional and inter-institutional dimension of his role. In practice, the coronavirus pandemic has dictated the agenda of the European Council from almost the beginning of Mr Michel's time in office ...

The first term of Charles Michel, the incumbent European Council President comes to an end on 31 May 2022. Based on previous examples, the (re-)election of the European Council President for the period July 2022 to November 2024 is expected to be taken at the last formal European Council meeting before the end of the current mandate. This briefing provides answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions regarding the office of European Council President, notably the role of the position and ...

Olaf Scholz, Minister of Finance of Germany, is participating in the ECON Committee in his capacity of President of the ECOFIN Council during the German Presidency (July-December 2020). In accordance with the Treaty of the Union, “Member States shall regard their economic policies as a matter of common concern and shall coordinate them within the Council”. This briefing provides an overview of the German Presidency priorities in ECON matters, including the establishment of the new and temporary ...

This note is prepared in view of a public hearing with the Chair of the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB), Christine Lagarde, which will take place on 8 June 2020. This will be the first hearing with Ms Lagarde in her capacity as a Chair of the ESRB. The aim of the meeting is to discuss recent developments in macroprudential policy field and the impact of the corona crisis. The briefing addresses the ESRB and national macroprudential authorities’ response to the pandemic outbreak, including recent ...

Mário Centeno has been invited to his second Economic Dialogue during this parliamentary term. The previous dialogue in the ECON Committee took place on 18 November 2019. The exchange of views with Member of the ECON Committee will cover the ongoing work of the Eurogroup, notably policy measures intended to combat the economic, financial and social consequences of the COVID-19. For an overview of the role of the President of the Eurogroup, please see Briefing: The role (and accountability) of the ...

On 1 December 2019, Charles Michel, previously prime minister of Belgium, became the third President of the European Council. He began his term in dynamic mode, aiming to make his mark in foreign affairs and develop the EU's interinstitutional relations. While pursuing his predecessors' efforts to secure unity between EU leaders, Michel has applied his own style, visible notably in his discourse, social media presence and transparency efforts. An analysis of the President's Twitter activities shows ...

Mário Centeno, has been invited to his first Economic Dialogue for the current legislative term of the European Parliament. The previous dialogue in the ECON Committee took place on 20 November 2018. During the 8th legislative term, 9 Economic Dialogues with the President of the Eurogroup took place in the ECON Committee. This briefing provides an overview of the ongoing work of the Eurogroup as regards Council recommendations to the Euro Area as a whole, public finances, macro-economic imbalances ...

The European Central Bank will shortly see a ‘change of the guard’ at a time of stagnating economic growth and fears of recession sparked partly by global trade conflicts. Current ECB President, Mario Draghi’s eight-year term in office ends on 1 November, and he is to be replaced by Christine Lagarde, former head of the International Monetary Fund and previously Minister of Finance in France. Some analysts say the the ECB’s recent decisions aimed at propping up faltering growth in the euro area will ...

During its September 2019 plenary sitting, the European Parliament is expected to vote on a resolution on the candidate (Christine Lagarde) for president of the European Central Bank (ECB). While it is the European Council that appoints the ECB president, it must first consult Parliament. Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) held a hearing with Christine Lagarde in September 2019 and then voted favourably on the candidacy. The ECB president is a key figure within the Eurosystem ...

During the September 2019 plenary sitting, the European Parliament is expected to vote on a resolution on the candidate (Christine Lagarde) for the position of President of the European Central Bank (ECB), to succeed Mario Draghi, whose term is due to end on 1 November 2019. The President is appointed by the European Council, while Parliament and the Bank’s Governing Council are consulted. Prior to the vote, the candidate will receive a series of questions for written answer, and be invited to a ...