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Document 31998D0309

98/309/EC: Council Decision of 1 May 1998 abrogating the Decision on the existence of an excessive deficit for Austria

OJ L 139, 11.5.1998, p. 13–13 (ES, DA, DE, EL, EN, FR, IT, NL, PT, FI, SV)

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98/309/EC: Council Decision of 1 May 1998 abrogating the Decision on the existence of an excessive deficit for Austria

Official Journal L 139 , 11/05/1998 P. 0013 - 0013

COUNCIL DECISION of 1 May 1998 abrogating the Decision on the existence of an excessive deficit for Austria (98/309/EC)


Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community, and in particular Article 104c(12) thereof,

Having regard to the recommendation from the Commission,

Whereas the second stage for achieving economic and monetary union started on 1 January 1994; whereas Article 109e(4) of the Treaty lays down that, in the second stage, Member States shall endeavour to avoid excessive government deficits;

Whereas there is an excessive deficit procedure which provides for a decision on the existence of an excessive deficit and, after the excessive deficit has been corrected, for the abrogation of that decision; whereas, during the second stage, the excessive deficit procedure is determined by Article 104c of the Treaty, excluding paragraphs 1, 9 and 11; whereas the Protocol on the excessive deficit procedure annexed to the Treaty sets out further provisions relating to the implementation of the excessive deficit procedure; whereas Regulation (EC) No 3605/93 (1) lays down detailed rules and definitions for the application of the said Protocol;

Whereas, following a recommendation from the Commission in accordance with Article 104c(6) of the Treaty, the Council decided on 10 July 1995 that an excessive deficit existed in Austria; whereas, in accordance with Article 104c(7), the Council made recommendations to Austria with a view to bringing the excessive deficit situation to an end (2);

Whereas a Council Decision on the existence of an excessive deficit is to be abrogated, in accordance with the provisions of Article 104c(12) of the Treaty, to the extent that the excessive deficit in the Member State concerned has, in the view of the Council, been corrected;

Whereas, when abrogating the Decision, the Council is to act on a recommendation from the Commission; whereas, based on the data provided by the Commission after reporting by Austria before 1 March 1998 in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 3605/93, the following conclusions are warranted:

The government deficit in Austria has been declining since 1995 and reached 2,5 % of GDP in 1997, which is below the Treaty reference value; a further reduction to 2,3 % of GDP is forecast for 1998. According to the 1997 update of the convergence programme for Austria, the deficit is projected to decline to 1,9 % of GDP in 2000.

The government debt ratio peaked in 1996 at 69,5 % of GDP and then declined to 66,1 % in 1997. A further decline is expected for 1998 and projected to continue in the following years in the Austrian updated convergence programme.

The deficit was below the Treaty reference value in 1997 and is expected to remain so in 1998 and to decline further in the medium term; the debt ratio is currently diminishing and is expected to continue declining in coming years,


Article 1

From an overall assessment it follows that the excessive deficit situation in Austria has been corrected.

Article 2

The Council Decision of 10 July 1995 on the existence of an excessive deficit in Austria is hereby abrogated.

Article 3

This Decision is addressed to the Republic of Austria.

Done at Brussels, 1 May 1998.

For the Council

The President


(1) OJ L 332, 31. 12. 1993, p. 7.

(2) Council recommendations of 24 July 1995, 16 September 1996 and 15 September 1997.