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Jeroen Dijsselbloem, President of the Eurogroup

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Jeroen Dijsselbloem at Wirtschaftsrat (Economic Council) event in Berlin, 21 June 2016

Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem participated in an event organised by the Wirtschaftsrat (Economic Council) in Berlin on 21 June 2016.

The president opened the event's keynote session about Europe's future with a speech on the economic outlook for the euro area. 

The president's speech was followed by contributions from German Minister for Finance Wolfgang Schäuble, former President of France Nicolas Sarkozy and chief executive of Deutsche Bank AG John Cryan. All speeches were followed by a Q&A session.

The Wirtschaftsrat is a German business association representing the interests of more than 11 000 small and medium-sized firms, as well as larger multinational companies. It provides its members with a platform for dialogue with leading decision makers, both in Germany and Europe.

Eurogroup meeting, 16 June 2016

The Eurogroup discussed the IMF recommendations for the euro area in 2016 following a presentation by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde. The recommendations, known as 'IMF Article IV review', are presented annually, following exchanges between the IMF and EU institutions. 

Ministers also discussed fiscal sustainability of euro area's pension systems and the policy instruments that could be used to improve it. They adopted a statement to that effect.

The Eurogroup also exchanged views on inflation in the euro area as well as euro exchange rate developments, and adopted its work programme for the second half of 2016.

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.