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Latest news on economic and monetary affairs in the European Union.

Introducing Benelux Infrastructure Forum 2016 26 May 2016, 22:24 CET
SMi Group are delighted to announce the return of the industry leading Benelux Infrastructure Forum taking place on 23rd and 24th November 2016 at the Movenpick Hotel in Amsterdam this Autumn.

Euro news - Currency update daily 26 May 2016, 11:50 CET

Eurozone finance ministers agree to unlock Greek aid 25 May 2016, 17:25 CET
The EU's Eurogroup ministers welcomed a staff-level agreement between Greece and the institutions Tuesday, paving the way for finalisation of the first review of Greece's macroeconomic adjustment programme.

Spain, Portugal under caution over budget deficits 18 May 2016, 23:52 CET
Spain and Portugal were given one more year to correct their excessive deficits after the European Commission published its Spring economic package Wednesday.

One year delay for MiFID II directive 18 May 2016, 21:48 CET
The EU confirmed Wednesday a one-year delay to the MiFID directive, new securities market rules which regulate firms providing share-dealing services, after a Council agreement with the European Parliament.

Annual inflation in the EU down to -0.2 pct 18 May 2016, 12:45 CET
European Union annual inflation dropped to -0.2% in April 2016, down from 0.0% in March. The rate for March last year was also 0.0%, according to Eurostat, the EU's statistical office.

EU toughens rules to stop rigging of market benchmarks 18 May 2016, 12:35 CET
The EU adopted new rules Tuesday aimed at restoring trust in interest rate benchmarks and avoiding the kind of manipulation of such instruments seen in the recent Libor and Euribor scandals.

Eurozone trade surplus up to EUR 28.6 bn in March 17 May 2016, 12:44 CET
First estimates for March show a surplus in international trade in goods for the Eurozone of EUR 28.6 bn and a EUR 7.2 bn surplus for the whole EU, according to Eurostat, the EU's statistical office.

Eurozone industrial production down 0.8 pct in March 12 May 2016, 17:15 CET
Seasonally-adjusted industrial production fell 0.8 per cent in the eurozone and 0.5 per cent in the EU as a whole In March compared with a year earlier, according to estimates from Eurostat, the EU's statistical office.

Heart attacks or strokes kill 1 in 5 in EU 10 May 2016, 13:17 CET
Heart attacks (around 644,000 deaths) and strokes (almost 433,000) - slightly more than 1 in 5 - were the cause of death for almost 1.1 million people in the European Union in 2013, according to Eurostat figures.

Eurozone retail trade down 0.5 pct in March 10 May 2016, 12:11 CET
Seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade fell by 0.5% in the eurozone in March compared with the previous month and by 0.7% in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the EU's statistical office. In February the retail trade volume rose by 0.3% in the euro

Greek debt relief moves onto EU agenda 10 May 2016, 00:30 CET
Eurozone finance ministers held 'positive and constructive' talks Monday on the state of play of the first review of Greece's macroeconomic adjustment programme.

Overview: the European Parliament's work on taxation 06 May 2016, 11:53 CET
The fight for fair taxation in the EU was high on the European Parliament's agenda long before LuxLeaks and the Panama papers. Since the start of the economic and financial crisis, MEPs have been pushing for greater transparency and an end to tax unfair practices. Read on for an overview of Parliament initiatives.

EU forecasts modest growth amid Brexit warning 04 May 2016, 18:18 CET
The EU forecast continuing modest growth for Europe's economy Tuesday, but warned that the outlook was affected by uncertainty surrounding the Chinese economy and the UK's upcoming referendum on EU membership.

New EU customs rules into force 04 May 2016, 11:28 CET
New customs rules for the European Union will make life simpler for businesses that trade in Europe and better protect consumers against illegal and counterfeit goods, says the EU Commission.

EU backs crowdfunding as alternative funding source for startups 04 May 2016, 01:09 CET
The European Commission gave its backing to the use of crowdfunding as an alternative source of finance for start-ups in the EU Member States, in a report on the sector published on Tuesday.

Eurozone industrial producer prices up 0.3 pct 03 May 2016, 16:58 CET
Industrial producer prices rose by 0.3% in the eurozone in March compared with a month earlier, according to estimates from Eurostat, and by 0.4% in the EU as a whole.

MEPs vote to end manipulation of benchmark interest rates 28 April 2016, 15:58 CET
The European Parliament delivered a boost for financial market stability in the EU Thursday by voting in a new law to ensure robust and transparent benchmark setting.

Big variations in jobless across EU regions 28 April 2016, 12:28 CET
While unemployment rates fell in the majority of EU regions in 2015 compared with the previous year, figures from Eurostat show a huge variation in the levels of unemployment across Europe.

More Europeans age 30-34 complete tertiary education 27 April 2016, 23:57 CET
An increasing number of Europeans aged 30 to 34 complete tertiary education - from 23.6% in 2002 to 38.7% in 2015 - while there are fewer and fewer early leavers from education and training, figures from Eurostat show.

Eurozone needs 'simpler budget rules': Dijsselbloem 27 April 2016, 18:04 CET
"The budget rules for countries in the eurozone need to be simpler, more predictable and easier to explain," said Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem, at an informal meeting of EU finance ministers in Amsterdam Sunday.

70 pct employment for 20-64 yr-olds in EU 27 April 2016, 18:01 CET
The employment rate of the EU population aged 20 to 64 stood at 70.1% in 2015, up compared with 2014 (69.2%), but still slightly below its 2008 peak (70.3%), according to Eurostat, the EU's statistical office.

EU okays Worldline acquisition of Equens and PaySquare 20 April 2016, 17:06 CET
The European Commission gave its approval Wednesday, subject to conditions, of the proposed acquisition of Equens and its subsidiary PaySquare by Worldline, under the EU Merger Regulation.

EU public procurement changes come into force 19 April 2016, 19:22 CET
New rules designed to open up the EU's public procurement market to competition and prevent 'buy national' policies by public authorities came into force on Monday.

Trade surplus for EU in February of EUR 3.0 bn 16 April 2016, 00:50 CET
The EU recorded a surplus in trade in goods with the rest of the world of EUR 3.0 bn in February, compared with +EUR 1.8 bn in February 2015, according to first estimates from Eurostat, the EU's statistical office.