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Informal meeting of economic and financial affairs ministers (ECOFIN)

Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN)

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The official programme starts with the Eurogroup meeting on the morning of Friday 15 September, followed by separate working lunches for ministers and Central Bank governors. Working sessions take place on Friday afternoon (usual composition) and Saturday morning (ministers only).

A number of important issues are covered at the informal meeting, such as the deepening of the economic and monetary union, developing the capital markets union, as well as tax and customs matters

Videos related to the event are available on our videos page and photos of events can be accessed on our photos page or on our Flickr account.



Eurogroup arrivals, doorstep and handshake

Toomas Tõniste, Minister for Finance of Estonia 


Tour de table


Eurogroup meeting


Presentation for the press

  • Mobile positioning as a method for collecting data for border-crossing statistics - Jaanus Kroon, Bank of Estonia, Head of Statistics Department


Eurogroup press conference

  • Jeroen Dijsselbloem, President of the Eurogroup 
  • Pierre Moscovici, European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs 
  • Klaus Regling, European Stability Mechanism, Managing Director 
  • Benoît Cœuré, European Central Bank, Member of the Executive Board 


ECOFIN arrivals and doorstep

Toomas Tõniste, Minister for Finance of Estonia 


Ministers working lunch - Deepening the EMU and maximising the effectiveness of EU finances

Based on the European Commission’s reflection papers, ministers will discuss the interlinkages of the different aspects of developing the functioning of the economic and monetary union, and the framework of EU finances. 


Presentation for the press

  • Public sector's data usage: creating new wave of predicting public e-services - Ivar Laur, intelligence department chief specialist, Tax and Customs Board of Estonia


Tour de table


ECOFIN working session I

  • Deepening of the EMU: Interaction of rules and institutions 

The ministers, together with the central bank governors, will continue discussing questions with regards to deepening the economic and monetary union from the viewpoint of the fiscal and economic policy framework.

  • Capital Markets Union: Technological innovation and financial regulation

Ministers and central bank governors will discuss the implications of intensified technological innovations for the functioning, development, and stability of banking and capital markets. The focus will be on the repercussions of these developments on the regulatory landscape. 


Press conference - OECD presents the economic survey of Estonia

  • José Ángel Gurría, Secretary General of OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)
  • Jevgeni Ossinovski, Minister for Health and Labour of Estonia

(TBC) 16.45

Press briefing for the Minister for Finance of France


Family photo


ECOFIN press conference

  • Toomas Tõniste, Minister for Finance of Estonia
  • Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President of the European Commission and European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and the Capital Markets Union
  • Vítor Constâncio, Vice President of the European Central Bank
  • Ardo Hansson, Governor of Bank of Estonia


ECOFIN arrivals and doorstep


Tour de table (photo opportunity)


ECOFIN working session II

  • Corporate taxation challenges of the digital economy 

Ministers will discuss how to modernise the corporate income tax rules in a way that would take into account the new business models that use digital technology.

  • Cost efficiency and the sustainability of customs IT systems

Ministers will discuss the governance reform of the Customs Union, specifically considering a customs IT infrastructure that would assure a sustainable and cost efficient electronic system that is worthy of the digital single market.

(TBC) 11.30

Press briefing for Minister for Finance of France

(TBC) 11.45

Press briefing for the Federal Minister for Finance of Germany


ECOFIN press conference

  • Toomas Tõniste, Minister for Finance of Estonia
  • Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President of the European Commission and European
  • Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and the Capital Markets Union
  • Dmitri Jegorov, Deputy Secretary-General for Tax and Customs Policy


Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel)

Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel), Põhja pst 27a, 10415 Tallinn, Estonia




Jüri Laas

Jüri Laas

Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU / Spokesperson (Coreper II)

+32 22273910 permrep.eu@mfa.ee


Liisi Poll

Liisi Poll

Ministry of Finance / Head of Communications


Lotte-Triin Narusk

Lotte-Triin Narusk

Ministry of Finance / Spokesperson


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