Europe

Snap­shots of Fran­co-Ger­man co­op­er­a­tion

This article offers an insight into current Franco-German cooperation, not only at the government level, but also at the working level of the two finance ministries. One element of this is the Franco-German Seminar. Launched in 1999, the seminar entered its 10th cycle in Berlin in May 2018.

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4 December 2018

Eurogroup and ECOFIN meetings in December 2018

Once again, there were many important issues on the agenda when European finance ministers convened in Brussels for their last meetings of 2018. Reform of the eurozone is making good progress, in the form of further development of the banking union, the establishment of a European Monetary Fund and the decision regarding a common budget. The ministers also discussed the Franco-German proposal for the introduction of a digital tax and adopted an action plan for combating money laundering and terrorism financing.

3 December 2018

Eurogroup meeting on 3 December 2018

At their latest meeting, eurozone finance ministers agreed on a number of important steps: Financial transactions will be taxed across the EU, with the revenue benefiting the EU. There will be appropriate taxation of the digital economy. Regarding reform of the euro, significant decisions were taken that will make the common currency and the European financial system even more secure and stable.

13 November 2018

A modern budget for Europe

The European Union needs a budget that is modern and future-proof. Against the backdrop of current challenges and Brexit, the 2021-2027 multiannual financial framework needs a new focus. Negotiations are currently underway. The German Finance Ministry basically supports the European Commission’s proposals, but believes that they do not go far enough. Germany is in favour of a more far-reaching modernisation of the budget.