Keynote Speech by IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva at the EU Parliamentary Conference
*As prepared for delivery*
Thank you for the opportunity to address you today. As EU Commissioner I benefitted from interactions with this Conference and am honored to join you again at this critical time.
Jean Monnet once said: “People only act in a state of necessity and usually only recognize necessity in a situation of crisis.”
We are in a crisis and it is time for action. In 2020, 90 percent...
Today, the Commission presents an Action Plan on Synergies between civil, defence and space industries to further enhance Europe's technological edge and support its industrial base. The Action Plan is devised against the background that, for the first time, EU funding presents opportunities to reinforce European innovation by exploring and exploiting the disruptive potential of technologies at the interface between defence, space and civil uses, such as cloud, processors, cyber, quantum and artificial intelligence.
Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President for ‘a Europe fit for...
Speech by Christine Lagarde, President of the ECB, at the opening plenary session of the European Parliamentary Week 2021 in virtual format
I would like to thank you warmly for inviting me to speak to you today. It is a privilege to have an opportunity to talk to the citizens’ representatives at the heart of European democracy.
Events like this one allow us to consider national debates in discussions about our common challenges as Europeans.
For all of us, the past year...
The European Union has announced today an additional €500 million for the COVAX Facility, doubling its contribution to date for the global initiative that is leading efforts to secure fair and equitable access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines in low and middle-income countries. This new pledge brings us closer to achieving COVAX's target to deliver 1.3 billion doses for 92 low and middle income countries by the end of 2021. Team Europe is one of the lead contributors...
After ending last year with unexpectedly strong vaccine success and hope that the pandemic and economic distress it caused would recede, we woke up to the reality of new virus variants and the unpredictable, winding road that it can lead the world down.
Something similar has happened with the discourse on inflation. At the end of last year, after a historic collapse of the global economy estimated at -3.5 percent, inflation was below target in 84 percent of countries. This...
WTO members made history today (15 February) when the General Council agreed by consensus to select Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria as the organization’s seventh Director-General.
When she takes office on 1 March, Dr Okonjo-Iweala will become the first woman and the first African to be chosen as Director-General. Her term, renewable, will expire on 31 August 2025.
“This is a very significant moment for the WTO. On behalf of the General Council, I extend our warmest congratulations to Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on...
We value innovation and diversity—including in money. In the same day, we might pay by swiping a card, waving a phone, or clicking a mouse. Or we might hand over notes and coins, though in many countries increasingly less often.
Today’s world is characterized by a dual monetary system, involving privately-issued money—by banks of all types, telecom companies, or specialized payment providers—built upon a foundation of publicly-issued money—by central banks. While not perfect, this system offers significant advantages, including: innovation...
The European Commission has today set out its trade strategy for the coming years. Reflecting the concept of open strategic autonomy, it builds on the EU's openness to contribute to the economic recovery through support for the green and digital transformations, as well as a renewed focus on strengthening multilateralism and reforming global trade rules to ensure that they are fair and sustainable. Where necessary, the EU will take a more assertive stance in defending its interests and values,...
The annual accounts of the ECB reflect the financial position and the results of the ECB’s operations at year-end. They comprise the management report, the financial statements (i.e. the Balance Sheet, the Profit and Loss Account, a summary of significant accounting policies and other explanatory notes), the independent auditor’s report and the note on profit distribution/allocation of losses.
The financial statements are prepared in accordance with the accounting policies laid down in the relevant legislation and are specific to the European System of...
Our ‘Next Generation EU’ recovery plan is about more than just money.
It’s a very strong message of solidarity and of trust in the European Union. Now it’s time to deliver! The Recovery and Resilience Facility – a key part of our recovery plan – is on its way to becoming a reality after today’s signature.
This will play a crucial role in helping Europe overcome the economic and social impact of the pandemic and will help us to secure the...