Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem has criticised European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker for saying that the European Commission has given France leeway on fiscal rules “because it is France”.
“If the Commission President says that things apply differently for France, then this really damages the credibility of the Commission as guardian of the pact,” Dijsselbloem said in an interview with German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung and six other European newspapers.
On Tuesday, asked why the Commission had on several occasions turned a blind eye to French infractions, Juncker said in an interview with the French senate television Public Sénat that it did so “because it is France”.
“It would be wise for the Commission to pay a little more attention to its credibility,” said Dijsselbloem, adding that member states needed an “objective arbitrator” who upholds the budget rules manifested in the Stability and Growth Pact.
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