A EUROPEAN RECOVERY PROGRAMME bruegelpolicybrief POLICY CHALLENGE

Jean Pisani-Ferry, André Sapir, Jakob Von Weizsäcker
2008 unpublished
As a severe recession unfolds in the aftermath of the financial crisis, Europe must avoid entering a vicious circle. To that end, a budgetary boost is needed on top of the rescue package for the financial sector and further lowering of interest rates by central banks. This budgetary boost should be closely coordinated at EU level to ensure consistency and avoid free-riding behaviour. However, structural deficit levels in some EU member states are already high. There is a risk, therefore, that a
more » ... , therefore, that a budgetary stimulus could undermine budgetary sustainability. To address this concern, the stimulus needs to go hand in hand with a strengthened budgetary framework , complementing and reinforcing the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP).
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