The EU Fiscal Rules: Principle, Policy, and Reform Prospects

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Abstract

The future direction of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) has been the subject of heated debate. Among those features pertaining to the reform of EMU, this chapter focuses on the EU fiscal rules. The discussion begins with an overview of the existing EU framework for fiscal and economic governance, its economic rationale, and the reforms adopted in response to the eurozone crisis. This is followed by analysis of the preventive and corrective arms of the Stability and Growth Pact, on which this contribution principally focuses. We then turn to consider the criticism to which the existing EU framework for fiscal coordination and surveillance has been subjected. The focus then shifts to the various proposals on the future evolution of the EU’s fiscal and economic governance framework. The penultimate section provides a legal assessment of the proposed reforms, thereby setting out what would be required, from a legal perspective, in order to amend, replace, or repeal the various aspects of the existing framework. The final section argues that the (potential) reform of the EU fiscal rules is but a key piece of the broader puzzle of EMU reform, and that therefore we should not neglect its other aspects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge Handbook of European Monetary, Economic and Financial Integration
EditorsDariusz Adamski, Fabian Amtenbrink, Jakob de Haan
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Chapter17
Pages305-331
ISBN (Electronic)9781009364706
Publication statusPublished - 28 Sept 2023

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