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GBP Pops Higher As Haldane Joins Rate Hike Dissenters - Euro currency news daily 22 June 2018, 11:05 CET
European flash services and manufacturing PMIs have been released in the last hour or so; the services element beat market expectations whereas the manufacturing printed weaker than forecasts.

Talks set to start on pan-European pension 20 June 2018, 17:25 CET
EU states have asked the presidency to start negotiations with the Parliament on a proposal for a pan-European pension product that would make it easier for people to put money aside for their old age.

EU budget for external action 14 June 2018, 18:56 CET
For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the European Commission is proposing to increase the external action budget to €123 billion, with plans to simplify its structure and make it much more flexible and effective to address today's global challenges.

Tax cooperation strengthened in next EU budget 12 June 2018, 16:31 CET
Continuing its detailing of plans for the next long-term EU budget, the Commission outlined proposals Friday to make tax and customs cooperation between Member States better and more efficient.

Europe Must Show Leadership, but also do More to Fight Illicit Trade 12 June 2018, 15:53 CET
The Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade (TRACIT) and The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) released on 7 June the Global Illicit Trade Environment Index (the Index), ranking 84 countries on the extent they enable or prevent illicit trade.

Single Market Programme will continue to support SMEs' competitiveness 11 June 2018, 23:25 CET
UEAPME welcomes the support specifically dedicated to SMEs proposed by the European Commission for the next Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027.

Parliament, Council reach deal on EU-wide penalties for money laundering 07 June 2018, 22:55 CET
The European Parliament and the EU Member States reached provisional agreement Thursday on strengthened criminal law measures to counter money laundering.

The InvestEU Programme 07 June 2018, 00:13 CET
For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the European Commission proposed on 6 June to create the InvestEU Programme, bringing EU budget financing in the form of loans and guarantees under one roof.

InvestEU programme - legal texts and factsheets 07 June 2018, 00:08 CET
The InvestEU Programme will bring together under one roof the multitude of EU financial instruments currently available and expand the model of the Investment Plan for Europe (the 'Juncker Plan'). With InvestEU, the Commission aims to boost investment, innovation and job creation, triggering an estimated EUR 650 billion in additional investment.

InvestEU fund: sounds good, but devil will be in the detail 06 June 2018, 19:00 CET
Today the European Commission proposed a new fund aimed at mobilising EUR 650 billion to finance 'sustainable infrastructure' such as wind farms and the energy renovation of buildings.

Registration Opens For 17th Annual Benelux Infrastructure Forum 2018 04 June 2018, 18:34 CET
SMi Reports: Registration is now open for the 17th annual Benelux Infrastructure Forum, which will be returning to Amsterdam this November.

New social fund, double Erasmus funding in new EU Budget 03 June 2018, 20:39 CET
For the next long-term EU budget, the EU Commission proposes to reinforce and better target several existing Funds including a new European Social Fund and double funding for Erasmus to EUR 30 bn.

Use Country-Specific Recommendations to build growth in the EU 31 May 2018, 00:17 CET
Commenting on the country-specific recommendations (CSRs), issued last week by the European Commission as part of the European Semester process, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren, said:

Straws, cotton buds targeted in EU plan to ban single-use plastics 29 May 2018, 00:25 CET
Plans to tackle marine litter, outlined by the EU Commission Monday, would ban ten single-use plastic products most often found on Europe's beaches and seas, as well as lost and abandoned fishing gear.

Commission tables update to rules on excise duties 28 May 2018, 23:12 CET
An update of rules governing excise duty on alcohol within the EU, proposed Friday by the Commission, would reduce costs for small alcohol-producing businesses and better protect consumer health.

Excise duties for alcohol 28 May 2018, 23:05 CET
The European Commission proposed on 28 May to reshape the rules governing excise duty on alcohol within the EU, paving the way for a better business environment, reduced costs for small alcohol-producing businesses and better protection for consumer health.

Boost for SME access to EU finance markets 25 May 2018, 10:23 CET
The European Commission proposed new rules Thursday to give small and medium enterprises (SMEs) easier and cheaper access to financing through public markets to help them expand.

Commission proposal to amend the Motor Insurance Directive 25 May 2018, 00:08 CET
The European Commission proposed on 24 May to strengthen EU rules on motor insurance to better protect victims of motor vehicle accidents and improve the rights of insurance policyholders.

Brussels looks to boost EU market for sustainable finance 25 May 2018, 00:01 CET
The Commission put forward a new set of proposals on sustainable finance Thursday, hoping more sustainable investments from the EU financial sector can lead the way to a greener economy.

Commission proposals on financing sustainable growth 24 May 2018, 23:27 CET
The EU Commission delivered on 24 May the first concrete actions to enable the EU financial sector to lead the way to a greener and cleaner economy.

EU finance proposals: first steps towards sustainability 24 May 2018, 13:26 CET
Today's sustainable finance proposals from the European Commission would encourage more sustainable investments. The proposals are the first steps towards implementing some of the recommendations of the EU's High-Level Expert Group on sustainable finance.

Draft EU Budget 2019 - Commission proposals 24 May 2018, 13:06 CET
The European Commission proposed on 24 May the 2019 draft EU Budget of EUR 166 billion in commitments, corresponding to a 3% increase over 2018, investing in a stronger and more resilient European economy and promoting solidarity and security on both sides of the EU's borders.

France moves off EU's deficit list, Romania and Hungary warned 23 May 2018, 23:32 CET
The EU Commission recommended Wednesday that the excessive deficit procedure be closed for France, and warned Hungary and Romania of the need to act early to correct deviations from their fiscal targets.

European Semester 2018 Spring Package 23 May 2018, 23:27 CET
The European Commission has taken the next steps in the 2018 cycle of the European Semester of economic policy coordination.

EU adopts amended money laundering, terrorist financing rules 16 May 2018, 00:24 CET
The EU Council adopted Monday a directive strengthening EU rules to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing - part of an action plan launched after a spate of terrorist attacks in Europe in 2016.