President of the Eurogroup, Minister Donohoe, travels to Austria and Slovakia

18th December, 2023

President of the Eurogroup and Minister for Public Expenditure, National Development Plan Delivery and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD, will travel to Austria today (Monday, 18 December). He will have bilateral meetings with the Austrian Finance Minister, Magnus Brunner; and the Austrian Central Bank Governor, Robert Holzmann.  

Tomorrow morning, (Tuesday, 19 December), he will participate in an event on the topic of “Our Single Currency: Strengthened after many crises?” organised by the Representation of the European Commission in Austria. 

He will then travel to Bratislava where he will have a bilateral meeting with the Slovak Finance Minister, Ladislav Kamenický, and will later participate in a roundtable organised by the think-tank Globsec, where he will set out his perspectives on 30 years of Economic and Monetary Union and the challenges and opportunities for the next 30 years in the context of an enlarging EU. While in Bratislava, he will also participate in the last virtual meeting of G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors under the Japanese G7 Presidency. 

Ahead of his visits Minister Donohoe stated: 

“I look forward to meeting my colleagues from Austria and Slovakia and discussing the current Eurogroup work and priorities for next year. I put great value in my bilateral engagements with Eurogroup members and look forward to exchanging views with Magnus Brunner and Ladislav Kamenický. While the euro area overall has maintained positive growth this year, the situation among euro area countries varies a lot. We should remain attentive to the economic challenges and increasingly complex policy choices in the time ahead. Effective budgetary policy coordination among euro area members and reaching an agreement on a revised framework for economic governance remain essential for both stability and growth.”