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European Union Internal Market Commissioner Michel Barnier, the EU’s top financial regulator, called on the French government to pursue its planned reforms despite the Commission allowing two more years to meet its budget deficit target.

“It’s a moment of truth for the government which needs to have the political courage to carry out those reforms which will sometimes not be understood, and require effort,” he told French radio Europe 1 in an interview.

Olli Rehn, the European monetary affairs commissioner, said on Friday France badly needed to unlock its growth potential and create jobs, adding Spain, Italy and the Netherlands as well as France – four of the euro zone’s five largest economies – would remain in recession this year.

France – which restated on Friday it would bring the deficit below 3 percent in 2014, only one year later than the original deadline – must pursue its retirement and labor reforms to boost its competitiveness and to overcome its unemployment crisis, Barnier said.

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said the EU’s decision was in line with the strengthened stability and growth pact because it allowed flexibility in meeting deficit targets.

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“But the commission also said, and that’s very important, that with (the extension) come clear requirements for necessary reforms,” he told Bild am Sonntag newspaper to be published on Sunday.

“The commission and the German government agree entirely that we can’t slow down in terms of reforms,” Schaeuble added.

Die EU-Finanzminister hatten Frankreich bis zu diesem Jahr Zeit gegeben, um seine Haushaltslücke unter 3 Prozent des BIP zu senken und die Frist für Spanien für 2014 festzulegen. Während Frankreich erwartet, dass seine Wirtschaft in diesem Jahr um 0.1 Prozent wachsen wird, prognostizierte die Europäische Kommission 0.1 Prozent Kontraktion.

 

Anna van Densky

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