Dear Economic and Financial Affairs,
Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting documents which contain the following information:
In economics, there exist several paradigms with severe differences is assumptions they make about economic relationships and, of course, outcomes for economical recommendations. Neoclassic and Keynesianism are only the best known. How does the Commission choose which paradigm its economic advisors follow and as a result what the country specific recommendations look like? Do you take care for a balanced consultation of different approaches? Or do you just follow the mainstream economics?
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Dear Mr Ovelgönne,
your request for access to documents has been well received by the
Commission. Since it aims in essence at receiving information on economic
policy related issues and there exist no documents addressing your
request, we have decided to treat your request as an access to information
demand. We therefore reply in accordance with the Code of conduct of good
administrative behaviour of the European Commission.
The European Commission’s recommendations in the European Semester and the
European Council’s country-specific recommendations are based on thorough
evidence-based economic analysis and grounded in sound empirical research,
by academia, other international organisations, as well as its own
resources. As such it is not based on a choice of one particular
‘paradigm’, but a balanced reflection of mainstream economic thinking. At
the same time, economists in the Commission are open to new ideas and
The Europa website shows publications of DG ECFIN which reflect the wide
ranging research strategies that underpin the policy recommendations
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