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Finance and Monetary Affairs in the EU

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

Increasingly positive outlook for Eurozone economy, says ECB - Euro currency news daily 28 April 2017, 11:17 CET
 

European Pillar of Social Rights website 26 April 2017, 18:17 CET
The European Pillar of Social Rights sets out a number of key principles and rights to support fair and well-functioning labour markets and welfare systems. It will serve as a compass for a renewed process of convergence towards better working and living conditions among participating member states. It is primarily conceived for the euro area, but is applicable to all member states wishing to participate. There are 3 main categories of the pillar: Equal opportunities and access to labour market; Fair working conditions; Social protection and inclusion.

ACEA publishes 2017 Tax Guide 19 April 2017, 14:13 CET
ACEA just published the 2017 edition of its annual Tax Guide, which provides an overview of specific taxes that are levied on motor vehicles in European countries, as well as in other key markets around the world.

Contactless payments - a real benefit for customers and retailers 19 April 2017, 14:07 CET
Retailers have been at the forefront of introducing innovation and new technology to meet the ever-changing demands and needs of their customers. Contactless technology is another step in making shopping easier and quicker for customers, and allows retailers to serve them more quickly and easily.

EU probes RBS alternative to Williams & Glyn sale 04 April 2017, 22:47 CET
The EU Commission is to investigate an alternative proposal from the UK to the Royal Bank of Scotland's commitment to sell Williams & Glyn as part of its restructuring plan.

EU Council adopts shareholder rights revision 04 April 2017, 00:04 CET
The EU Council adopted Monday a revision of the EU shareholders' rights directive, which aims to strengthen the long-term engagement of shareholders in listed European companies.

Deutsche Boerse - London Stock Exchange merger blocked by EU 30 March 2017, 23:18 CET
Brussels blocked a proposed merger between Deutsche Boerse and the London Stock Exchange Wednesday, saying it would create a de facto monopoly in the markets for clearing fixed income instruments.

ACCA responds to triggering of Article 50 30 March 2017, 15:41 CET
In response to the announcement that Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty has been triggered by the UK government John Williams, head of ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) UK says:

Article 50 Notification: European Banking Federation statement 30 March 2017, 14:02 CET
The European Banking Federation acknowledges the United Kingdom’s decision to notify its intention to withdraw from the European Union by means of triggering Article 50 of the EU Treaty.

Road deaths toll improves but EU targets may not be met 29 March 2017, 13:54 CET
Road safety statistics released Tuesday by the European Commission show a drop of 2 per cent in the number of fatalities recorded across the EU in 2016, which may not be enough to meet targets set for 2020.

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.

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.