Jeroen Dijsselbloem, President of the Eurogroup

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Dijsselbloem attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, 18-19 January 2017

On 18 and 19 January Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem attended the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.

He participated in conversations and information sessions with his counterparts, business leaders and economists from around the world. The president also gave interviews to several international media organisations.

The World Economic Forum is an annual international event. Its attendees include politicians, business leaders and representatives of international organisations.

Speech at Europe Calling summit in Maastricht, 9 December 

Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem gave a speech at the Europe Calling! Summit on 9 December 2016 in Maastricht. This summit commemorated the 25-year anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty - the start of the European Union and the euro. “The key task ahead of us is to reconnect the freedoms that Europe offers with stability, security and opportunity,” said Dijsselbloem.

Dijsselbloem talked about the challenges the European people face today like the refugee crisis, the threat of terrorism, and stagnating prosperity. He also pointed at the incomplete construction of the European Union: “Risks were taken by expanding and deepening the union without strengthening it at the same time.”

Nonetheless, countries need to cooperate for jobs, economic growth and stability within Europe. “But we need to strengthen and finish what we started. And we need to be much more realistic about what Europe could and should take on,” Dijsselbloem said. “We need to put stability, security and opportunity in the lives of people at the heart of our work again,” he concluded.

About

Jeroen Dijsselbloem has been Eurogroup President since 21 January 2013. He was re-elected to the post for a second term on 13 July 2015.

J. Dijsselbloem is the second permanent Eurogroup President in the history of the Eurogroup. Jeroen Dijsselbloem is currently also Minister for Finance of The Netherlands

Since February 2013 he has also held the post of Chairperson of the board of governors of the European Stability Mechanism.

Mission statement

Finance ministers from the euro area countries meet every month in the Eurogroup to discuss issues that are of shared interest because they use a single currency. Over the next two years their discussions will focus on financial stability, sustainable growth and job creation.

In particular, developing the banking union will help to increase financial stability within the euro area. Investment by governments and companies will encourage economic activity and job creation. Ensuring sound and growth-friendly fiscal policy in line with the eurozone's rules (the Stability and Growth Pact) makes the euro area economy more stable.

We also need structural economic reform to unlock productive capacity, particularly in areas such as labour and product markets. 

Progress in all these areas will give everyone, especially young people, the chance to prosper, and will secure the European social model for the future.

Mission statement

Finance ministers from the euro area countries meet every month in the Eurogroup to discuss issues that are of shared interest because they use a single currency. Over the next two years their discussions will focus on financial stability, sustainable growth and job creation.

In particular, developing the banking union will help to increase financial stability within the euro area. Investment by governments and companies will encourage economic activity and job creation. Ensuring sound and growth-friendly fiscal policy in line with the eurozone's rules (the Stability and Growth Pact) makes the euro area economy more stable.

We also need structural economic reform to unlock productive capacity, particularly in areas such as labour and product markets. 

Progress in all these areas will give everyone, especially young people, the chance to prosper, and will secure the European social model for the future.