Finance Minister Gernot Blümel (ÖVP) will take part in the meeting of EU finance ministers as part of the Eurogroup in Brussels on Monday, where he will also meet US Finance Minister Janet Yellen and ECB boss Christine Lagarde. This was announced by Blumel's cabinet on Friday. On Tuesday, Blümel will take part in the first Ecofin conference under the Slovenian presidency.
"The USA is an important trading partner for the EU," said Blümel according to the announcement. “We saw in the debate about the global minimum tax that there was movement here with the new US administration. We want to exchange and cooperate on other topics, which is why I am looking forward to discussing things with US Treasury Secretary Yellen at our Eurogroup meeting. "
In addition to the agenda of the Slovenian Council Presidency, financial issues such as the development of a digital euro will also be discussed.
In addition, Blümel also wants to hold talks on the “Alliance of Responsibility”, that is to say, campaign for a return to debt reduction: According to the minister, there is great support for the Austrian push for consistent debt reduction after the crisis. "We are therefore holding talks in order to create steps and awareness for a responsible budget and fiscal policy at European level." (Apa)