Reforming Fiscal Governance in the European Union

Reforming Fiscal Governance in the European Union

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Successive reforms have brought many positive elements to the European Uniona€™s fiscal framework. But they have also increased its complexity. The current system involves an intricate set of fiscal constraints, which hampers effective monitoring and public communication. Compliance has also been weak. This note discusses medium-term reform options to simplify the framework and improve compliance. Based on model simulations and practical considerations, it argues for moving to a two-pillar approach, with a single fiscal anchor (public debt-to-GDP) and a single operational target (an expenditure growth rule, possibly with an explicit debt correction mechanism) linked to the anchor.Batini, N., L. Eyraud, and A. Weber. 2014. ... 14/93, International Monetary Fund, Washington. ... IMF Technical Notes and Manuals 2010/2, International Monetary Fund, Washington.

Title:Reforming Fiscal Governance in the European Union
Author:Michal Andrle, Mr. John C Bluedorn, Luc Eyraud, Mr. Tidiane Kinda, Petya Koeva Brooks, Mr. Gerd Schwartz, Anke Weber
Publisher:International Monetary Fund - 2015-05-21


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