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Have your say
on Europe's economic governance

Too often important policy decisions happen behind closed doors. Now is our chance to have a say in Europe’s fiscal future.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the European Commission's consultation on EU economic governance.

This consultation is our chance to influence how economic policy is conducted in the EU going forward. The more of us answered, the likelier it is that our future economic policies respond to the climate crisis and rising inequality. 

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What's happening now?

The European Union is looking into reforming its economic governance. This will determine the European rules on spending and debt for Member States and the procedures it uses for when these rules are broken. 

As a result of the pandemic, the usual rules are currently not being enforced. The European Commission introduced a “recovery and resilience facility”, to deal with the economic damage from the pandemic and invest into climate and digital transformation.

These extraordinary measures show us that the usual rules are no longer fit for purpose. We need new rules for a new world that better respond to the issues facing us now and in years to come. 

Our Vision of Success

We want a new EU economic governance that:

Member states

Encourages Member States to make the necessary investment and spending for a green and just transition of the economy and society

Tax and budget policy

Ensures tax and budget policy serve the environment and reduce inequality

Our activity to date

Fiscal Matters has actively shaped the debate on European fiscal policy since its inception in late 2020.

February 2021:

OPEN LETTER: A +170 signatures strong open letter sent to European Union leaders asking them to review EU economic governance. Signatories include civil society leaders, trade unions and economists

June 2021:

REACTION: A +140 signatures strong open letter arguing to stop the fetishisation of deficits, published in the Financial Times. Signatories include economists like Adam Tooze, Stephanie Kelton, Daniela Gabor and more

September 2021:

OPINION: Nobel priece winning economist Joseph Stiglitz writes that Europe should not return to pre-pandemic fiscal rules, published in the Financial Times

September 2021:

OPINION: Benoit Lallemand, the Secretary General of Finance Watch argues that Angela Merkel’s departure is an opportunity to fix the EU, published in Open Democracy

September 2021:

EVENT: A Fiscal Matters week of debate on EU fiscal policy, with 22 online events attracting over 800 participants. High profile speakers included Joseph Stiglitz, Marianna Mazzucato, Paschal Donohoe, Marco Buti and more


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About us & Why

We are FiscalMatters - a group of civil society organisations, think tanks and trade unions, dedicated to fostering an informed debate that shapes a more just and sustainable future for all Europeans.

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