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

EU gives conditional approval to Nordic Capital buy of Intrum Justitia 13 June 2017, 22:51 CET
The EU Commission approved Tuesday the acquisition of Intrum Justitia by Nordic Capital, conditional on the divestment of overlapping debt collection and debt purchasing activities.

Capital Markets Union Mid-Term Review - Invest Europe's response 08 June 2017, 21:06 CET
Invest Europe – the association for European private equity, venture capital, infrastructure and their investors – is issuing the following statement:

Brexit spurs reboot of EU's capital markets union 08 June 2017, 21:00 CET
As Europe faces up to the departure of its biggest financial centre, the European Commission moved Thursday to strengthen its Capital Markets Union project to unlock funding for growth in Europe.

Insurance Europe response to EC Capital Markets Union mid-term review 08 June 2017, 18:27 CET
Following the publication today of the European Commission’s mid-term review of its Capital Markets Union (CMU) project to unlock funding for growth in Europe, Michaela Koller, director general of Insurance Europe, commented:

EU maps out road to deeper Monetary Union 01 June 2017, 01:01 CET
Following on from its White Paper on the Future of Europe earlier this year, the EU Commission set out Wednesday potential options for deepening Europe's Economic and Monetary Union.

New agreement on EU venture capital rules to boost investment in start-ups and innovation 31 May 2017, 12:30 CET
Yesterday evening, the EU institutions reached an agreement on a review of the EU venture capital rules, to boost investment in start-ups and innovation. This review is part of the Capital Markets Union action plan.

EU venture capital boost to help smaller firms 31 May 2017, 01:04 CET
Better access to finance for small and growing companies and social enterprises will be the result of EU rules agreed Tuesday by the European Parliament, the Council and the EU Commission.

Brussels proposes EUR 161 bn EU Budget for 2018 31 May 2017, 00:29 CET
The EU Commission proposed Tuesday a draft EU budget for 2018 of EUR 161 billion with a focus on job creation, especially for young people, and a boost to growth and strategic investments.

New EU rules clamp down on multinationals' tax avoidance 30 May 2017, 00:11 CET
Member States formally adopted new EU rules to prevent tax avoidance via non-EU countries Monday, closing down so-called 'hybrid mismatches' with the tax systems of third countries.

EU agrees system to resolve double taxation disputes 25 May 2017, 23:49 CET
EU finance ministers agreed Tuesday on a new system intended to help resolve disputes which arise between Member States from the interpretation of agreements on the elimination of double taxation.

Spring cheer for Portugal as EU issues country recommendations 22 May 2017, 18:33 CET
The European Commission recommended Monday that the EU's Excessive Deficit Procedures be closed for Portugal and Croatia, as it issued its spring package of country-specific recommendations.

2017 European Semester: Country Specific Recommendations - Commission Recommendations 22 May 2017, 18:02 CET
The European Commission presented on 22 May the 2017 country-specific recommendations (CSRs), spelling out the economic policy guidance for Member States for the coming 12 to 18 months.

EU raises growth forecast for uneven recovery 11 May 2017, 17:30 CET
The EU Commission raised growth prospects for the European economy in its Spring Forecast Thursday, but warned that in its fifth year of growth, recovery in jobs and investment remained uneven.

EU set to lighten burden on derivatives sector 11 May 2017, 00:33 CET
The EU announced reforms to the derivatives sector Thursday, with less burdensome rules to reduce costs and regulatory obligations on market participants without compromising financial stability.

MEPs back lower VAT for e-books 10 May 2017, 15:46 CET
EU citizens could pay less for e-books after plans to allow EU Member States to reduce VAT on e-publications were backed by a European Parliament committee on Wednesday.

Derivatives (EMIR) - Regulation (EU) No 648/2012 04 May 2017, 22:22 CET
Planned actions relating to Regulation (EU) No 648/2012 on OTC derivatives, central counterparties and trade repositories.

MEPs again reject blacklist of states at risk of money laundering 04 May 2017, 15:29 CET
The EU should have an autonomous process for judging whether countries are at high risk of money laundering, MEPs said after again rejecting in committee a country blacklist drawn up by the Commission.

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.