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Finance and Monetary Affairs in the EU

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

More losses for the Euro - Euro currency news daily 15 December 2017, 11:24 CET
 

ECB retains supervision over Credit Mutuel: EU Court 14 December 2017, 14:13 CET
The major French cooperative bank Credit Mutuel remains under prudential supervision of the European Central Bank, following a ruling Wednesday by the European Court of Justice.

Europe's flagship investment plan extended to 2020 13 December 2017, 23:03 CET
The EU Council agreed Tuesday to extend the Fund for Strategic Investment, a flagship initiative under the 'investment plan for Europe', to 2020, with a target of half a trillion euros of additional investments.

European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) 13 December 2017, 22:49 CET
The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) is an initiative to help overcome the current investment gap in the EU. Jointly launched by the EIB Group and the European Commission, it aims to mobilise private investment in projects which are strategically important for the EU.

EFSI 2.0 will give further push for investment and innovation 12 December 2017, 18:10 CET
UEAPME President Ulrike Rabmer-Koller welcomes today's final approval of EFSI 2.0 at the European Parliament.

EU unveils 'climate-smart investments' worth EUR 9bn 12 December 2017, 16:59 CET
The EU's Climate Action Commissioner announced some EUR 9 bn-worth of climate-focused investments Tuesday, for areas such as sustainable cities, sustainable energy and sustainable agriculture.

European External Investment Plan 12 December 2017, 16:55 CET
The EU's External Investment Plan will support more inclusive and sustainable development in Africa and the European Neighbourhood. It will boost public and private investment and thus address some of the obstacles to growth in our partner countries.

EU External Investment Plan (EIP) 12 December 2017, 16:49 CET
The External Investment Plan (EIP) was adopted in September 2017 to help boost investment in partner countries in Africa and the European Neighbourhood. It aims to: contribute to the UN's sustainable development goals (SDG) while tackling some of the root causes of migration; mobilise and leverage sustainable public and private investments to improve economic and social development with a particular focus on decent job creation.The EIP supports partner countries by: mobilising finance - through the European Fund for Sustainable Development; providing technical assistance to help prepare investment projects; developing a favourable investment climate and business environment.

Brussels presents plan for European Monetary Fund 07 December 2017, 22:39 CET
The EU Commission presented Tuesday a roadmap for deepening Economic and Monetary Union, including plans for a European finance minister and the establishment of a European Monetary Fund.

EBF calls for rigorous impact assessment of Basel III 07 December 2017, 18:53 CET
The European Banking Federation notes that the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and its Group of Central Bank Governors and Heads of Supervision have reached an agreement on the completion of the Basel III international regulatory framework for banks.

Deepening Europe's Economic and Monetary Union 06 December 2017, 22:16 CET
The European Commission set out on 6 December 2017 a Roadmap for deepening Europe's Economic and Monetary Union.

US and EU agree deal on derivatives trading 05 December 2017, 22:43 CET
The European Commission recognised Tuesday some US trading venues authorised by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission as eligible for compliance with the EU trading obligation for derivatives.

UK comes off EU's list of countries with excessive deficits 05 December 2017, 19:01 CET
The EU Council took the United Kingdom off its list of Member States with excessive deficits Tuesday, confirming that its government deficit had dropped below the EU's 3 per cent of GDP reference value.

Profits of Europe's SMEs on the rise: ECB survey 29 November 2017, 23:37 CET
Smaller businesses in Europe have reported increasing profits for the first time since the beginning in 2009 of a European Central Bank survey, which also reports a higher willingness of banks to lend.

New EU e-payments rules to make shopping safer 28 November 2017, 22:58 CET
The revised payment services directive, adopted Monday by the EU Commission, is designed to provide consumers with more convenient and innovative payment solutions, whether buying in shops or online.

159 arrests and 766 money mules identified in global action week against money muling 28 November 2017, 14:08 CET
Law enforcement authorities from 26 countries, supported by Europol, Eurojust and the European Banking Federation (EBF), have joined forces in the third coordinated global action against money muling, with the European Money Mule Action 'EMMA3'.

EBF: Online payment standards in EU still face obstacles 27 November 2017, 23:13 CET
The European Banking Federation notes that the European Commission on Monday adopted its regulatory and technical standards for the second EU Payment Services Directive, known as PSD2, designed to allow consumers to access more convenient and innovative payment solutions.

Payment Services Directive (PSD2): Regulatory Technical Standards 27 November 2017, 22:31 CET
The European Commission adopted on 27 November 2017 rules designed to make electronic payments in shops and online safer. This will also allow consumers to access more convenient, cost-effective and innovative solutions offered by payment providers.

First actions of EU's External Investment Plan 23 November 2017, 18:27 CET
The European Commission's concrete areas of investments for the EU's External Investment Plan will mobilise EUR 44 billion of sustainable investment for Africa and the EU Neighbourhood countries.

Negotiators agree EU Budget for 2018 20 November 2017, 23:23 CET
The EU institutions reached provisional agreement in the early hours of Saturday on the 2018 EU budget, with boosts for research, fighting youth unemployment and education, but cuts to funding for Turkey.

UK's EU agencies set for Amsterdam, Paris after Brexit 20 November 2017, 23:20 CET
EU 27 ministers on Monday selected Paris as the new seat for the European Banking Authority, and Amsterdam as the new seat for the European Medicines Agency, to following Britain's exit from the EU.

Budget of the EU 20 November 2017, 22:44 CET
The annual budget lays down all the European Union's expenditure and revenue for one year. It ensures the financing of EU programmes and actions in all EU policy areas, for example, agriculture, research, regional policy, and other. The annual budget also ensures that the EU receives the revenue necessary to finance its expenditure. The annual EU budget - expenditure and revenue - must be in balance.

Limited success for EU's bailout plans for Greece 16 November 2017, 14:11 CET
The EU's bailout programmes for Greece following the financial crisis provided short-term financial stability and made some progress on reform possible, according to a European Court of Auditors report.

Italy the best performing OECD economy in this year's World Bank Paying Taxes survey 14 November 2017, 23:23 CET
Russell Bedford International member firm Studio Corno, Milan, has again assisted the World Bank in researching its annual Doing Business project. This year’s report, Doing Business 2018: Reforming to Create Jobs, shows Italy to have the most improved tax environment of the OECD economies, up 14 places from 126 to 112

2017 eurozone growth fastest in a decade 13 November 2017, 18:58 CET
The eurozone economy is set to grow at its fastest pace in a decade this year, the EU Commission forecast in its Autumn Economic Forecast Thursday, with real GDP growth substantially higher than expected.