Eurogroup President Paschal Donohoe visits Prague, Bratislava and London

Finance Minister and Eurogroup President Paschal Donohoe will travel to the Czech Republic and Slovakia to meet his ministerial counterparts on Monday and Tuesday, then to London to attend the Mansion House Financial and Professional Services Dinner on Tuesday and for a Bloomberg roundtable on Wednesday.

In Prague, Minister Donohoe will meet Czech Finance Minister Zbynek Stanjura. The Czech Republic holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from 1 July until the end of the year, and the main objective of this bilateral visit will be to enable the Ministers and their respective teams to plan the coordination of activities and priorities between the Eurogroup and ECOFIN for the rest of the year.

On Tuesday in Bratislava, Minister Donohoe will meet Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Igor Matovič. He will also have talks with Prime Minister Eduard Heger and Governor of the National Bank of Slovakia, Peter Kažimír.

I look forward to meeting Minister Stanjura in Prague to discuss the coordination of our respective presidencies for the second half of this year, as well as broader economic issues. I also look forward to meeting Minister Matovič in his capital. These discussions with Eurogroup colleagues are vital for the proper coordination of economic and budgetary policies, which will become increasingly important as the economic outlook becomes more difficult.

Paschal Donohoe, President of the Eurogroup

Minister Donohoe will then travel to London to attend the Mansion House Financial and Professional Services Dinner on Tuesday evening. On Wednesday, Minister Donohoe will speak at a Bloomberg roundtable with senior investors, discussing the global economic outlook, the eurozone fiscal situation, the Eurogroup’s work on fiscal policy coordination and other Eurogroup priorities.

Berta D. Wells