External Publication

What drives implementation of the European Union’s policy recommendations to its member countries?

Article published in the Journal of Economic Policy Reform.

By: and Date: April 13, 2022 Topic: Macroeconomic policy

With a specially prepared dataset, we investigate whether and why EU countries implement EU policy recommendations. We focus on recommendations outside the fiscal rules and find that implementation rates are modest and worsened at a time (pre-pandemic) when the economic environment had improved and market pressure on sovereigns had subsided. We empirically test three hypotheses determining implementation: (i) legal strength of the EU process; (ii) pressure from financial markets; and (iii) macroeconomic environment. The econometric estimates indicate that a higher sovereign default probability and economic fundamentals increase the likelihood of reform. Stronger EU surveillance does not seem to drive reforms.

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Blog Post

REPowerEU: will EU countries really make it work?

By acting together, the European Union can optimise its response to the energy crisis in all scenarios but each country will have to make concessions.

By: Simone Tagliapietra Topic: Green economy Date: May 18, 2022
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Blog Post

European governance

Does the war in Ukraine call for a new Next Generation EU?

The European Union should take significant economic measures in response to the war in Ukraine, but a new Next Generation EU is not needed yet.

By: André Sapir Topic: European governance Date: May 17, 2022
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Opinion

Buy now, pay later: the age of digital credit

A relatively new fintech market, BNPL is currently not regulated in the EU, meaning that consumers do not have the same protection level as they do for other credit products.

By: Maria Demertzis Topic: Digital economy and innovation Date: May 17, 2022
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Policy Contribution

European governance

Fiscal support and monetary vigilance: economic policy implications of the Russia-Ukraine war for the European Union

Policymakers must think coherently about the joint implications of their actions, from sanctions on Russia to subsidies and transfers to their own citizens, and avoid taking measures that contradict each other. This is what we try to do in this Policy Contribution, focusing on the macroeconomic aspects of relevance for Europe.

By: Olivier Blanchard and Jean Pisani-Ferry Topic: European governance, Macroeconomic policy Date: April 29, 2022
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External Publication

European governance

Green public procurement: A neglected tool in the European Green Deal toolbox?

A new EU regulatory action in public procurement could unlock the potential of green public procurement and add an important element to the European Green Deal toolbox.

By: André Sapir, Tom Schraepen and Simone Tagliapietra Topic: European governance, Green economy Date: April 26, 2022
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Blog Post

European governance

Bold European Union action is needed to support Ukrainian refugees

Hosting Ukrainian refugees could cost European Union countries in excess of €40 billion this year. A dedicated EU fund is needed to manage the fiscal burden.

By: Zsolt Darvas Topic: European governance, Global economy and trade Date: April 6, 2022
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External Publication

Close cooperation for bank supervision: The cases of Bulgaria and Croatia

In-depth analysis on the banking supervision cooperation in Bulgaria and Croatia prepared for the European Parliament's Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON).

By: Zsolt Darvas and Catarina Martins Topic: Banking and capital markets Date: March 30, 2022
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Blog Post

Can Europe manage if Russian oil and coal are cut off?

A stop to Russian oil and coal supplies would push Europe into a short and painful adjustment period. But if managed well, disruptions would remain temporary.

By: Ben McWilliams, Giovanni Sgaravatti, Simone Tagliapietra and Georg Zachmann Topic: Green economy Date: March 17, 2022
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European governance

A new Thessaloniki offer: the aspirations of Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine to join the EU

The European Union should grant candidate status to Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, as part of a long-term stabilisation strategy.

By: Marek Dabrowski Topic: European governance Date: March 15, 2022
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Blog Post

European governance

How should the EU respond to Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine’s membership aspirations?

European Union membership for Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine is at present unrealistic, but they should be offered more than Association Agreements.

By: André Sapir Topic: European governance, Global economy and trade Date: March 14, 2022
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Opinion

European governance

How to reconcile increased green public investment needs with fiscal consolidation

The EU’s ambitious emissions reduction targets will require a major increase in green investments. This column considers options for increasing public green investment when major consolidations are needed after the fiscal support provided during the pandemic. The authors make the case for a green golden rule allowing green investment to be funded by deficits that would not count in the fiscal rules. Concerns about ‘greenwashing’ could be addressed through a narrow definition of green investments and strong institutional scrutiny, while countries with debt sustainability concerns could initially rely only on NGEU for their green investment.

By: Zsolt Darvas and Guntram B. Wolff Topic: European governance, Green economy, Macroeconomic policy Date: March 8, 2022
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Blog Post

European governance

How has growth changed what countries get from the European recovery fund?

Adjustments to growth forecasts mean some countries will get 10% more than expected and others 20% less in grants from the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility. But the benefits of more quickly rising growth rates dwarf foregone recovery funds.

By: Zsolt Darvas Topic: European governance, Macroeconomic policy Date: February 17, 2022
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