Dijsselbloem may stay as Eurogroup president until the end of his term in January 2018

New Europe / Alexandros Michailidis

Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem at eurozone finance ministers meeting in Brussels, Belgium. 20 Mar. 2017

Dijsselbloem may stay as Eurogroup president until the end of his term in January 2018


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Dutch minister of finance and Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem could stay at his position at the eurozone ministers meeting until the end of his term on January 2018, but it will be finally in the hands of the ministers to decide if he will remain.

“The formation of a new coalition government in the Netherlands might take some months,” said Dijsselbloem to reporters at the European Council’s doorstep, just before the meeting started on Monday.

“Whether there is a gap between the arrival of a new minister and the end of my mandate it is too early to say” added Dijsselbloem. But if this is the case and he is replaced by another minister before his Eurogroup mandate ends, “it will be up to the other ministers to decide,” concluded the minister.

Schauble: “Dijsselbloem’s mandate runs until 2018”

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble said on Jeroen Dijsselbloem’s mandate that it runs until 2018 and that he is a good president. Germany’s finance minister stayed away from further comments on last week’s Dutch elections.

Moscovici: Dijsselbloem proved to be an extremely competent president

According to what the European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Pierre Moscovici said on his way in to the meeting, Dijsselbloem had proven to be an “œextremely competent” chair of the Eurogroup. On his future at the position, Moscovici suggested that his future is not part of today’s agenda.

Sapin: “I believe that in April’s meeting Dijsselbloem will be present and also in the future

The French finance minister Michel Spain appeared confident that his fellow social democrat minister from the Netherlands will remain in his position.

Sapin believes that Jeroen Dieselbloem will still be in the post at finance ministers next meeting in April. “Dijsselbloem is president of the Eurogroup, he will be president this time, and also in future. He is a very good president of the Eurogroup, he is president today and I think he will be president of the next one. We work with him and it works,” added Sapin.

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