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Avoiding the Inappropriate: The European Commission and Sanctions under the Stability and Growth Pact
Sacher, Martin mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) > Department of Social Sciences (DSOC) >]
Politics and Governance
Reforming the Institutions of Eurozone Governance
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[en] Fiscal policy surveillance, including the possibility to impose financial sanctions, has been an important feature of Economic and Monetary Union since its inception. With the reform of fiscal rules in the aftermath of the financial and sovereign debt crisis, coercive provisions have been made stricter and the Commission has formally gained power vis‐à‐vis the Council. Nevertheless, sanctions under the Stability and Growth Pact for budgetary non‐compliance have so far not been imposed. This article asks why the Commission has until now refrained from proposing such sanctions. Using minimalist process‐tracing methods, three post‐crisis cases in which the imposition of fines was possible, are analysed. Applying an adaptation of normative institutionalism, it is argued that the mechanism entitled “normative‐strategic minimum enforcement” provides an explanation of why no sanctions are imposed in the cases studied: Given that the Commission does not perceive punitive action as appropriate, it strategically refrains from applying the enforcement provisions to their full extent.
Luxembourg National Research Fund
FnR ; FNR11602257 > Martin Sacher > EU-EFPC > European Union Economic And Fiscal Policy Coordination After The Sovereign Debt Crisis – What Role For The European Commission? > 01/10/2017 > 30/09/2021 > 2017

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