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

Consumer financial services action plan 23 March 2017, 22:54 CET
In March 2017 the European Commission published an action plan setting out a strategy to strengthen the EU single market for retail financial services. The action plan seeks in particular to harness the potential of digitalisation and technological developments (FinTech) to improve consumer access to financial services across the EU.

New push to open up EU financial services market 23 March 2017, 22:51 CET
The EU Commission announced an action plan Thursday to open up Europe's market in financial products such as insurance, pensions, loans, and current or savings accounts to the benefit of consumers.

Public consultation on FinTech 23 March 2017, 22:41 CET
As part of its Consumer Financial Services Action Plan, launched 23 March, the EU Commission has published a consultation on technology and its impact on the European financial services sector (‘FinTech') to spur its work in this area.

EBF supports EU Consumer Financial Services Plan 23 March 2017, 22:10 CET
The European Banking Federation wishes to express its support for the Consumer Financial Services Action Plan presented today by the European Commission.

Consumer financial services action plan 23 March 2017, 21:05 CET
The European Commission presented on 23 March an Action Plan that sets out ways to provide European consumers with greater choice and better access to financial services across the EU.

Euro currency news daily 23 March 2017, 12:32 CET
 

2016 State Aid Scoreboard 15 March 2017, 23:15 CET
The 2016 State Aid Scoreboard, published today by the European Commission, shows the benefits of the State Aid Modernisation package taking place. Around 95% of new implemented aid measures fell under the new General Block Exemption Regulation and could be implemented without prior Commission approval.

Euro-MPs greenlight shareholder 'say on pay' 14 March 2017, 17:45 CET
The European Parliament gave its green light Tuesday to a revised EU shareholders' rights directive, giving shareholders a say on directors’ pay and making it easier for firms to identify their shareholders.

Revised shareholders' rights directive 14 March 2017, 17:35 CET
The European Parliament approved on 14 March a report on the revision of the EU shareholders' rights directive. The final adoption step will take place in the European Council shortly. The directive will enter into force two years after its publication in the official journal.

Gender pay gap persists, women earn 16.3% less than men 09 March 2017, 23:40 CET
A report on gender equality to mark International Women's Day on Wednesday shows that despite women's employment rate reaching an all-time high, women still earn 16.3% less than men across Europe.

ECB cash injections for polluters must stop, 70 NGOs demand 08 March 2017, 23:20 CET
Ahead of the European Central Bank's monthly monetary policy meeting, 70 European civil society organisations call on the bank to stop aggravating climate change through its opaque ‘quantitative easing’ investments in polluting industries.

European Regional Competitiveness Index 03 March 2017, 11:38 CET
Regional competitiveness is the ability of a region to offer an attractive and sustainable environment for firms and residents to live and work. Launched in 2010 and published every three years, the Regional Competitiveness Index (RCI) allows regions to monitor and assess their development over time and in comparison with other regions.

Record high for EU agri-food exports in 2016 27 February 2017, 13:51 CET
The European Union had an agri-food trade surplus of EUR 18.8 billion in 2016, according to a Commission report, with the annual value of agri-food exports reaching a new record level at EUR 130.7 billion.

Germany can do more to help eurozone, says EU 23 February 2017, 22:35 CET
With its persistently high current account surplus, Germany could do more to help the eurozone economy, the European Commission said Wednesday in its annual analysis of EU Member States' economies.

Creating stability in an uncertain world - Speech by Peter Praet 23 February 2017, 15:43 CET
Speech by Peter Praet, Member of the Executive Board of the ECB, at the conference "Brexit and the implications for financial services" jointly organised by SUERF and hosted by Ernst & Young, London, 23 February 2017

Austria misrepresentation of government debt data 23 February 2017, 13:37 CET
The European Commission adopted a proposal for a Council implementing decision on 22 February for Austria to pay a fine of EUR 29.8 million for the misrepresentation of some government debt data.

EU tightens screw on corporate tax dodgers 22 February 2017, 23:18 CET
The EU continued its fight to close tax avoidance loopholes Tuesday, as finance ministers agreed their position on rules to close down 'hybrid mismatches' with the tax systems of third countries.

Country Reports: findings from in-depth-reviews by Member State 22 February 2017, 23:10 CET
The 27 Country Reports (for all EU Member States except Greece, which is under a dedicated stability support programme) provide an annual analysis by Commission staff of the situation in the Member States' economies, including where relevant an assessment of macroeconomic imbalances.

EU-Mongolia Framework agreement - factsheet 21 February 2017, 14:00 CET
The European Union is intent on supporting Mongolia in its continued political and economic reform path, as a valuable partner for the EU in Asia.

Concerns raised over European Parliament robotics report 16 February 2017, 22:29 CET
Following the European Parliament’s plenary vote today to approve its legal affairs committee report on civil law rules on robotics, Nicolas Jeanmart, head of personal insurance, general insurance and macroeconomics at Insurance Europe, said:

High uncertainty surrounds EU growth forecasts 15 February 2017, 00:27 CET
The economy in Europe will continue a resilient recovery, according to the EU's winter forecast, but uncertainty from the U.S. and from Brexit is likely to muddy choppy waters.

3 Key Strategies For The Forex Day Trader 08 February 2017, 22:27 CET
Many Forex traders are thrilled by the prospect of intraday trading. Intraday trading refers to the strategy of opening and closing trades on the same day. While the Forex market is volatile, there is only so much it can move in one day. Therefore, Forex day traders have to take risks in order to make any real profit.

Solvency II one year on: successfully implemented, but excessive conservativeness risks harming consumers, long-term investment and economy 01 February 2017, 17:31 CET
The many layers of conservativeness built into the design of Solvency II and its tendency to treat insurers like traders instead of long-term investors could harm consumers, long-term investment and the economy. As such, policy-makers need to take action to make the framework more reflective of reality, according to Insurance Europe, the European insurance and reinsurance federation.

ECB Greek debt exchange scheme lawful: EU Court 26 January 2017, 18:28 CET
The ECB is not bound to make good losses allegedly sustained in 2012 by commercial banks holding Greek debt instruments in connection with restructuring of Greek debt, the EU's top court ruled Tuesday.

Improving the EU financial instruments: AECM and UEAPME present their proposals for the EU mid-term review 26 January 2017, 18:04 CET
Today, on the occasion of the upcoming mid-term review of COSME and InnovFin, UEAPME, the European Association of Craft and SMEs, and AECM, the umbrella organisation of guarantee institutions in Europe, publish a joint position paper detailing their requests for improving the guarantee instrument.