On Monday 18 December, Pierre Moscovici, EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, visited the LSE to talk about his priorities for the year ahead in an event hosted by the Dahrendorf Forum in collaboration with LSE IDEAS and the LSE European Institute.
Moscovici’s top three priorities for 2018 are:
- Successfully concluding the Greek stability support programme;
- Ensuring that our Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) is equipped with the appropriate tools to deliver convergence; and
- Fighting tax fraud and tax evasion.
He also spoke in strong terms about the need to eradicate populism across Europe, especially far-right wing populism, saying, “The presence of the far-right in government is never without consequences”. He addressed his specific concerns about the new far-right government in Austria, stressing his commitment to working with them but also his caution in the face of their anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim views.
To wrap up the lecture, Dahrendorf Co-Director Iain Begg asked What Mr Moscovici thought the EU would look like in 10 years. He responded that he hoped it would be larger but more protected in terms of social protections, external security, internal security, inclusive trade solutions, and stronger economic integration.
A podcast of the entire lecture is available via SoundCloud.
"In 2018 we must remember that the fight against populism in Europe is far from over. Nationalism still exists in our societies. We must fight nationalism with a pro-European outlook." –@pierremoscovici #LSEEU pic.twitter.com/gBN88Roqzz
— Dahrendorf Forum (@DahrendorfForum) December 18, 2017