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Finance and Monetary Affairs in the EU

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

Euro currency news daily 22 February 2017, 11:57 CET
 

EU tightens screw on corporate tax dodgers 21 February 2017, 23:21 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.

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.

Libya: Economy Overview 25 January 2017, 23:33 CET
Libya's economy is structured primarily around the nation's energy sector, which generates about 95% of export earnings, 80% of GDP, and 99% of government income.

Kosovo: Economy Overview 25 January 2017, 22:19 CET
Kosovo's economy has shown progress in transitioning to a market-based system and maintaining macroeconomic stability, but it is still highly dependent on the international community and the diaspora for financial and technical assistance.

Israel: Economy Overview 25 January 2017, 21:19 CET
Israel has a technologically advanced market economy.

European Pillar of Social Rights website 23 January 2017, 17:24 CET
Commission president Juncker, State of the Union, 9 September 2015: "I will want to develop a European Pillar of Social Rights, which takes account of the changing realities of the world of work and which can serve as a compass for the renewed convergence within the euro area." On 8 March 2016, the European Commission put forward a first, preliminary outline of what should become the European Pillar of Social Rights.

EU sets sights on new stimulus for capital markets union 22 January 2017, 23:57 CET
The European Commission launched a public consultation Friday with a view to developing faster and more ambitious progress towards a Capital Markets Union (CMU).

MEPs reject weak Commission money-laundering blacklist 22 January 2017, 12:33 CET
MEPs voted Thursday to reject the EU Commission's blacklist of countries deemed to be at risk of money laundering and terrorist financing, saying the list was too limited, and should be expanded.

New debt recovery rules enter into force 18 January 2017, 23:49 CET
Businesses, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), will be able to benefit from new EU rules to recover debt from debtors in other EU countries which came into force on Wednesday.

European Account Preservation Order - faster, cheaper and more efficient debt recovery 18 January 2017, 23:41 CET
Around 1 million smaller business (SMEs) in the EU face problems with cross-border debts. This is about EUR 600 million lost every year for these small companies.

Preservation of bank accounts 18 January 2017, 23:25 CET
Current fragmentation of national rules on enforcement severely hampers debt collection within the EU. Creditors seeking to enforce a civil court order in another EU country are confronted with different legal systems, procedural requirements and language barriers which entail additional costs and delays. Regulation 655/2014 establishing a European Account Preservation Order procedure ("EAPO") establishes a new uniform European procedure for the preserving of bank accounts, which will allow creditors to preserve the amount owed in a debtor's bank account located in the EU.

EU-U.S. (re)insurance deal boost for transatlantic trade 17 January 2017, 18:55 CET
More than 20 years of talks between the EU and the United States ended successfully Friday with a bilateral agreement set to boost transatlantic trade in insurance and re-insurance.

Concerns raised on European Commission legislative proposal for European Services e-card 12 January 2017, 18:40 CET
Following the publication of the European Commission’s legislative proposal for a European Services e-card, Nicolas Jeanmart, head of personal insurance, general insurance and macroeconomics at Insurance Europe, commented:

MEPs call for protection for whistleblowers 10 January 2017, 00:10 CET
A committee of the European Parliament called on the Commission Monday to urgently propose an "effective and comprehensive European whistleblower protection programme".

EC toughens measures against terrorist financing 22 December 2016, 00:54 CET
The European Commission adopted a package of measures on Wednesday designed to strengthen the EU's capacity to fight the financing of terrorism and organised crime.

ESMA updated Q&A on Prospectus Directive 20 December 2016, 11:16 CET
The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published an updated questions and answers (Q&A) document on the application of the Prospectus Directive. he Q&A includes one new question and answer on the application of the ESMA guidelines on Alternative Performance Measures to prospectuses. The question clarifies how to apply the guidelines when constituent parts of a prospectus straddle the date on which ESMA's Alternative Performance Measures Guidelines came into force (3 July 2016). The purpose of this Q&A is to promote common supervisory approaches and practices in the application of the Prospectus Directive and its implementing measures.

Canada-EU talks mull trade investment court 14 December 2016, 00:03 CET
The EU Commission and Canada co-hosted Tuesday the first exploratory discussions with government representatives from around the world on establishing a multilateral investment court.

ACCA sets out the fifty forces leading change in the public sector globally that professional accountants need to prepare for 08 December 2016, 15:17 CET
Economic growth, quality and availability of the global talent pool and business leader’s responsiveness to change are the top three drivers of change in the public sector globally says ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) in a new report.