Research Handbook on EU Economic Law
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Research Handbook on EU Economic Law

Edited by Federico Fabbrini and Marco Ventoruzzo

This comprehensive Research Handbook analyses and explains the EU’s complex system of economic governance from a legal point of view and looks ahead to the challenges it faces and how these can be resolved. Bringing together contributions from leading academics and top lawyers from EU institutions, this Research Handbook is the first to cover all aspects of the Eurozone’s legal ecosystem, and offers an up-to-date and in depth assessment of the norms and procedures that underpin the EU’s economic, monetary, banking, and capital markets unions.
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Chapter 3: Fiscal rules

Jean-Paul Keppenne


Chapter 3 focuses on the fiscal rules of economic governance, mapping the procedures in place to ensure that member states conform to sound budgetary policy. In particular the author distinguishes between mechanisms of control which operate externally, at the level of the EU, from those entrenched internally, within the member states themselves. With regard to the external controls, he analyses in depth the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP) and its recent revisions through the so-called ‘Six Pack’ and ‘Two Pack’ and details the functioning of both its preventive and the corrective arms. Moreover, he discusses the sanctions mechanisms applicable in the Excessive Deficit Procedure, as well as the growing role of the European Commission in policing states’ budgets in the framework of the European Semester. With regard to the internal controls, then, the author emphasizes the importance of the obligation to constitutionalize a balanced budget amendment in national law resulting from the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the EMU and refers to the possible future developments in this area, including the possible domestication of the Fiscal Compact in EU law.

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