In my capacity as President of EURIMF, I am pleased to submit this Buff statement on the Article IV consultation with the euro area. My statement reflects the common view of the euro area Member States and the European Community in their respective fields of competence.
The authorities of the euro area Member States welcome the IMF staff’s assessment of economic developments and prospects in the euro area. While broadly concurring with the findings of the Fund, on some issues views differ, as I will outline in my statement. I will also update the Board on recent economic developments.