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Finance and Monetary Affairs in the EU

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

Focus turns to today's FED announcement - Euro currency news daily 20 September 2017, 12:36 CET
 

State aid: EU approves alternative RBS plan 19 September 2017, 00:06 CET
The EU Commission approved Monday under EU State aid rules the alternative package proposed by UK authorities to replace the commitment for Royal Bank of Scotland to divest Williams & Glyn.

Avoid Regulatory Disincentives with NN Investment Partners B.V 18 September 2017, 14:14 CET
SMi Reports: Alistair Perkins, Head of Project Finance at NN Investments Partners B.V will be joining the Benelux Infrastructure Forum this November to discuss the optimal use of funding regulations.

EBF praises EU determination to clear digital hurdles 15 September 2017, 00:00 CET
Noting fresh European Union initiatives in digital policy, including cybersecurity and the free flow of data, the European Banking Federation wishes to underline its support for this EU course while asking policy-makers to also recognize specific issues that block innovation in banking.

EU proposes screening of foreign investments 14 September 2017, 23:25 CET
As part of its new trade package, the European Commission unveiled proposals Thursday to set up a European framework for screening foreign direct investment into the European Union.

A Multilateral Investment Court 14 September 2017, 15:50 CET
A new system for resolving disputes between foreign investors and states in a fair and efficient way.

Banking in Europe: EBF publishes 2017 Facts & Figures 13 September 2017, 13:59 CET
The European Banking Federation today published the 2017 EBF Facts & Figures, its annual update on the banking sector in Europe. The publication shows that the contraction in terms of staff numbers and branches in the European banking sector continued in 2016 as customers increasingly embrace electronic payments as well as online and mobile banking. Eurozone deposits and loans grew slightly.

Bankability and profitability of PPP infrastructure projects in the Benelux region 04 September 2017, 20:51 CET
SMi Reports: Benelux Infrastructure Forum will offer guidance and advice to help with identifying bankable and investment-ready projects region.

EU recovery resilient as economy turns the corner 14 August 2017, 13:53 CET
With Europe's economy expanding for the fifth year in a row, the EU Wednesday looked back at 10 years since the start of the financial crisis confident it has turned a corner and delivering on jobs and growth.

Insurance products in EU set for new disclosure rules 14 August 2017, 13:53 CET
The European Commission laid down new rules Friday for an Insurance Product Information Document (IPID), which will have to accompany all non-life insurance policies in Europe from 2018.

Brussels objects to VISA inter-regional fees 04 August 2017, 23:59 CET
The European Commission sent a supplementary Statement of Objections to Visa Inc. and Visa International Thursday, focusing on inter-regional fees on transactions with consumer debit cards.

23 cities bid to host UK-based EU agencies after Brexit 03 August 2017, 22:09 CET
The EU Commission began assessment Tuesday of Member States' applications to host the two European Union agencies currently based in the UK, with 23 cities putting in bids.

Project Financing Calais Harbour and Amsterdam Court House: Solutions and Challenges 03 August 2017, 11:30 CET
SMi Reports: A review of the financing methods for Calais Harbour and Amsterdam Court House will be featured at the 16th Annual Benelux Infrastructure conference.

EU eyes cheaper non-euro cross-border payments 30 July 2017, 23:39 CET
The EU Commission launched Monday a public consultation on ways to reduce the costs of cross-border payments within the European Union in currencies other than the Euro.

EuroCommerce warns on rising tide of protectionism 25 July 2017, 18:24 CET
The IMF has issued its latest six-monthly World Economic Outlook, which again marked a continued shift towards protectionism in advanced economies.

Press release on the Interim Report of the European Commission's High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance 21 July 2017, 00:09 CET
The members of the Global Green Finance Council (GGFC) support the transition to a sustainable economy and, during a recent meeting, welcomed the interim report of the European Commission's High-Level Expert Group (HLEG) on sustainable finance. The financial sector can indeed play a key role in this transition especially by enabling the mobilisation and allocation of the considerable capital that will be required to finance it.

41 million fake goods seized at EU borders, China main source 20 July 2017, 18:41 CET
Customs authorities detained more than 41 million fake and counterfeit products valued at over EUR 670 million at the EU's external borders in 2016, according to figures released Thursday.

Brussels supports end to Greek deficit procedure 13 July 2017, 21:58 CET
The EU Commission recommended Wednesday that the Council close the Excessive Deficit Procedure for Greece, hailing it as a positive signal of financial stability and economic recovery in the country.

Western Balkans: Regional Economic Area 13 July 2017, 14:09 CET
The 2017 Western Balkans Summit in Trieste, Italy on 12 July 2017 discussed concrete avenues to strengthen regional cooperation and thus further advance the EU integration process of the Western Balkans. The Western Balkan partners agreed on an action plan to develop a Regional Economic Area aimed at boosting the attractiveness of the region to encourage investment and generate jobs, especially through smart growth, start-ups and scale-ups.

EU finance ministers approve plan for bad loans 13 July 2017, 13:58 CET
EU finance ministers at their Council meeting Wednesday approved an action plan to address the problem of non-performing loans in the banking sector, to reduce stocks and prevent their future emergence.

EU Stability and Growth Pact 13 July 2017, 13:48 CET
The Stability and Growth Pact (SGP) is a set of rules designed to ensure that countries in the European Union pursue sound public finances and coordinate their fiscal policies.

Improving Energy Security in Europe: The Role of Infrastructure Investment 11 July 2017, 18:14 CET
The global sphere is facing increased debate and discussion surrounding the use of renewable energy sources and environmental protections. New projects including battery energy storage, wind farms, and solar panels support the drive for clean energy and put pressure on countries relying upon unsustainable means.

Nord LB, SMBC, and NN Investment Partners B.V. to discuss optimal profitability from alternative energy sources 04 July 2017, 14:06 CET
Outdated modes of energy sourcing and dependence on external supplies drive a need to strengthen European energy security. New forms of energy and updated infrastructure through renewable energy would serve to remedy this reliance on energy suppliers and strengthen Europe’s commitment to the Paris Agreement.

Brussels announces portable EU pension plan 29 June 2017, 18:23 CET
The EU Commission announced plans Thursday for a new class of pan-European pension products, allowing European consumers to benefit from more choice when saving for retirement.

Personal Pensions Products 29 June 2017, 18:18 CET
Personal pensions (also known as 'private pensions') are long-term savings products that individuals contribute to on a voluntary basis, complementing state and workplace pensions. They have a role to play in linking long-term savers with long-term investment opportunities. The Commission is exploring ways to increase choices for retirement saving and build an EU market for personal pensions.