It is important that state aid for financial institutions or other severely affected industries does not persist longer than it is necessary for competition and the functioning of the EU Single Market. A framework exists in the form of the Stability and Growth Pact which was designed to tackle spillover risks from the outset to retain fiscal stability. The rationales for the coordination of structural policies have been spelled out in the Lisbon Strategy and apply also to exits from temporary intervention in product and labour markets in the face of a crisis. Within the euro area, the adjustment of excessive current account imbalances should be facilitated by both structural reforms and macroeconomic policies. For instance, surplus countries should implement measures conducive to stronger demand while deficit countries should be urged not to resist the unwinding of their construction slumps.