11 May 2017
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 11 MAYBrussels Daily
Spring 2017 Economic Forecast: steady growth ahead
The European economy has entered its fifth year of recovery, which is now reaching all EU Member States. This is expected to continue at a largely steady pace this year and next. In its Spring Forecast released today, the European Commission expects euro area GDP growth of 1.7% in 2017 and 1.8% in 2018 (1.6% and 1.8% in the Winter Forecast). GDP growth in the EU as a whole is expected to remain constant at 1.9% in both years (1.8% in both years in the Winter Forecast). Pierre Moscovici, Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, said: “Europe is entering its fifth consecutive year of growth, supported by accommodative monetary policies, robust business and consumer confidence and improving world trade. It is good news too that the high uncertainty that has characterised the past twelve months may be starting to ease. But the euro area recovery in jobs and investment remains uneven. Tackling the causes of this divergence is the key challenge we must address in the months and years to come.” The full press release is available here. The Spring 2017 Economic Forecast is available here. Commissioner Moscovici‘s remarks (including slides) will shortly be available here.