Eurogroup and Informal ECOFIN meetings

At the Informal ECOFIN meeting in Vienna held on 7 – 8 September 2018 Minister Scicluna welcomed the proposal on the InvestEU programme comprising a single fund for all EU level financial instruments in the MFF 2020- 2027. He told the meeting that while the integration of all investment programmes of the Union should serve to simplify the framework, one should be careful not to introduce bureaucratic procedures and complexity especially for small member states; or worse, threaten the success which the EIB has obtained so far in the investment field, including the EFSI programme.


Eurogroup meeting / Informal meeting of economic and financial affairs ministers on 7 September 2018 – Family photo. Copyright BKA/Andy Wenzel


On the proposal for a digital tax, the Minister conceded that the international corporation tax frameworks were conceived in a pre-internet age and continue to rely heavily on the concept of a physical presence. Furthermore, in a digitalised world it can prove difficult to pin down the value that has been created, how it has been created and how it should be taxed. In this context Malta’s preference is therefore for any changes to be considered under the aegis of the OECD’s BEPS Inclusive Framework which has been tasked to come up with a consensus-based solution by 2020. The proposed short-term quick fixes leave some many questions unanswered and introduce many risks.




During the exchange of views on the euro area’s economic outlook with the Chair of the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, Roberto Gualtieri, at the Eurogroup, Minister Scicluna highlighted several potential issues confronting the euro area including Brexit, global protectionism and the expected interest rate increases. In this context, Minister Scicluna emphasised the need to concentrate efforts on safeguarding investment to ensure future sustainable growth.


Eurogroup meeting / Informal meeting of economic and financial affairs ministers on 7 September 2018 – Arrivals and Welcome. Picturing Federal Minister Hartwig Löger (left). Copyright BKA/Martin Votava


The Minister for Finance was accompanied by his Permanent Secretary Alfred Camilleri.


– Saturday, 8th September, 2018


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