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.
Reply letter by Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem to the European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly on Eurogroup transparency, 25 November 2016.
On 16 November 2016 the President of the Eurogroup, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, made a speech at the UBS in London.
J. Dijsselbloem remarks following the Eurogroup meeting of 10 October 2016, covering Greece, fiscal sustainability challenges of healthcare and current fiscal issues.
The Eurogroup welcomes the implementation of the outstanding milestones in the context of the first review of the ESM programme for Greece.
J. Dijsselbloem remarks following the Eurogroup meeting of 9 September 2016, covering Greece, fiscal issues and the quality of public finances.
Eurogroup agrees on common principles for improving the quality of public finances.
On 6 September 2016 the President of the Eurogroup, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, made a speech at the annual Bruegel dinner in Brussels.
J. Dijsselbloem remarks on the Eurogroup meeting of 11 July 2016, covering Spain and Portugal, the economic situation and investment.
On 21 June 2016 the President of the Eurogroup, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, made a speech at the Wirtschaftstag in Berlin.
The Eurogroup discussed how to improve the fiscal sustainability of pension systems as well the inflation in the euro area and exchange rate developments.
The Eurogroup agrees on common principles for strengthening the sustainability of pension systems.
Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem's speech at the European Business Summit, which took place in Brussels on 2 June 2016.
Letter by Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem to the European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly on Eurogroup transparency, 16 May 2016.
Remarks by J. Dijsselbloem following the Eurogroup meeting of 24 May 2016.
The Eurogroup welcomed a staff-level agreement on the first review of Greece's programme and agreed on the approach to ensure its debt sustainability.
Jeroen Dijsselbloem presented the outcome of the Eurogroup, which discussed the first review of the macroeconomic adjustment programme for Greece.
The Eurogroup discussed the state of play of the first review of Greece's macroeconomic adjustment programme and agreed on the way forward.
Jeroen Dijsselbloem presented the outcome of the Eurogroup meeting, which covered Greece, insolvency frameworks and the single supervisory mechanism for banks.
The Eurogroup agrees on principles for improving the efficiency of national insolvency frameworks.
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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.
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.