Europe announces 200bn-euro plan

Europe announces 200bn euro plan

The European Commission has unveiled an economic recovery plan worth 200bn euros (170bn) which it hopes will save millions of jobs across the region.
Its president Jose Manuel Barroso said he thought the plan was "timely, temporary and targeted".
The EC expects member states to contribute 170bn euros while the European Union will give 30bn euros.
Mr Barroso said it was important that EU members acted together in a period of "exceptional crisis".
I expect this package to receive strong support

Jose Manuel Barroso, European Commisison president

"Measures that member states are introducing should not be identical, but they need to be coordinated," said Mr Barroso.
"It's the best way to restore citizens' confidence and counter fears of a long and deep recession," he added.
The European Commission president said the bigger part of the package would be implemented in 2009 and some measures would continue into 2010.
The proposed plan will need to be approved at the next EU summit in December.
Germany's warning
The 27 member states need to decide whether to sign up to the plan.
Mr Barroso said he had been in touch with member states about the package and a consensus was emerging.
"I expect this package to receive strong support", he said.
Earlier, Chancellor Merkel express concern about getting "into the race for billions" by unveiling huge stimulus packages.
Some measures already announced by national governments

Germany: package of measures set to generate 50bn euros in investment and contracts

France: 19bn euro injection into key industries

Spain: 40bn euro fiscal stimulus package, including 6bn euros in tax cuts

Italy: 80bn stimulus package, but a large part of the money has been already received
UK: 20bn (23.6bn euro) fiscal stimulus plan, including cut in VAT

"We should walk a measured path and keep to the middle ground, which is made-to-measure for the situation in Germany," she told the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament.
A number of member states, including Germany, France and Italy, have already announced their own measures designed to stimulate their economies, including multi-billion injections into key industries and tax cuts.
Mr Barroso said that the plans already unveiled by member states were part of the Commission's recovery plan.
Earlier, France and Germany's leaders called on the EU to ease its fiscal rules to allow nations to spend more to boost their economies. The requirement to hold public deficits below 3% of GDP in individual EU countries should be eased, France's Nicolas Sarkozy and Germany's Angela Merkel said. The two leaders made their comments in a joint newspaper article in France's Le Figaro and Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, saying that governments had to head off a "recessionary spiral" at home.

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