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Towards a Credible Excessive Deficits Procedure. CEPS Working Document No. 95, July 1995

Gros, Daniel. (1995) Towards a Credible Excessive Deficits Procedure. CEPS Working Document No. 95, July 1995. [Working Paper]

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    In 1995, when this paper was written, Daniel Gros pointed out that the Excessive Deficits Procedure lacked a strong enforcement mechanism. In particular he noted that the normal enforcement mechanisms of the Treaty (i.e. recourse to the European Court of Justice) cannot be used to ensure that member states obey the prohibition of excessive deficits. Instead the entire excessive deficits procedure has been assigned to the ECOFIN Council, which (as he predicted correctly) has never been able to agree tough measures towards member countries that have clearly not followed its recommendations. Hence, Gros doubted that the prohibition of excessive deficits would be enforced effectively once EMU has started. To strengthen the enforcement mechanism of the excessive deficits procedure, his paper contained the following concrete proposal: "First, countries with an excessive deficit should be automatically required to sequester spending and increase taxes. Second, if they do not follow this last call to order, they should be relegated to an associated status in EMU. ECOFIN would have no discretion in this procedure and only the countries that are in EMU should be allowed to participate in these decisions." Some elements of this proposal can clearly be seen in the tightening in the new governance rules which were adopted in 2010 and 2011.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > economic and financial affairs > fiscal policy
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
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    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > CEPS Working Documents
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2012 15:43
    Number of Pages: 27
    Last Modified: 19 Mar 2012 15:43

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