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Finance and Monetary Affairs in the EU

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

Concerns grow over Omicron variant - Euro currency news daily 03 December 2021, 13:14 CET
The pound remains fragile as investors await further developments on the Omicron variant, although the UK's advanced booster vaccine programme could yet offer support.

EU economy set for greener, digital rebound 30 November 2021, 23:18 CET
The Commission outlined in the 2022 'European semester cycle of economic policy coordination' Wednesday a greener and more digital economy as Europe's economy rebounds from the crisis.

EU mulls update for mortgage credit directive 23 November 2021, 18:35 CET
The European Commission launched a public consultation on the Mortgage Credit Directive review Monday, seeking views on the functioning of, and possible improvements to the existing framework.

Brussels outlines more adaptable EU competition policy 23 November 2021, 18:35 CET
The EU Commission adopted a Communication Thursday on a competition policy fit for new challenges, framing the key role of competition policy for Europe's path towards a 'green' recovery.

EU institutions reach provisional deal on 2022 Budget 22 November 2021, 22:55 CET
EU ministers reached an informal agreement with the European Parliament on the 2022 EU budget late on Monday, setting total commitments at EUR 169.5 billion and payments at EUR 170.6 billion.

Virus uncertainty, energy prices threaten EU recovery 14 November 2021, 16:03 CET
Europe's economy is rebounding from the pandemic recession faster than expected, says an EU forecast Thursday, but faces uncertainty from surging energy prices and an increase in COVID cases.

EU moves to strengthen banks' resilience 01 November 2021, 18:01 CET
The EU Commission said Wednesday its review of EU banking rules will ensure EU banks become more resilient to potential future economic shocks and contribute to Europe's recovery post-COVID.

Insurance review to boost investment in Europe's recovery 28 September 2021, 18:02 CET
A review of EU insurance rules ('Solvency II'), adopted Wednesday by the Commission, should help insurance companies scale up long-term investment in Europe's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

EU falling behind on sustainable investments: auditors 23 September 2021, 18:42 CET
The EU is not doing enough to channel money into sustainable activities, its auditors said Monday, with the transition to a net-zero emission economy requiring significant private and public investment.

Proposals for amendments to the Solvency II Directive and a new Insurance Recovery and Resolution Directive 22 September 2021, 23:32 CET
The European Commission adopted on 22 September a comprehensive review of EU insurance rules (known as "Solvency II") so that insurance companies can scale up long-term investment in Europe's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

EU Tenders - Printing and Publishing 08 September 2021, 16:26 CET
Today's EU tenders covering Printing and Publishing business sectors from 'Tenders Electronic Daily' (TED)

EU Tenders - Finance and Related Services 08 September 2021, 16:15 CET
Today's EU tenders covering Finance and Related Services business sectors from 'Tenders Electronic Daily' (TED)

New EU authority to crack down on money-laundering 04 August 2021, 00:37 CET
The EU Commission proposed Monday a new authority to combat money laundering, part of a package of measures to strengthen Europe's fight against money laundering and countering terrorism financing.

Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) 20 July 2021, 22:11 CET
The European Commission presented on 20 July a package of legislative proposals to strengthen the EU's anti-money laundering and countering terrorism financing (AML/CFT) rules. The package also includes the proposal for the creation of a new EU authority to fight money laundering.

Faster rebound forecast for European economy 13 July 2021, 21:13 CET
Europe's economy was forecast to rebound faster than previously expected Wednesday, as the improved health situation prompted a swifter easing of pandemic control restrictions in the second quarter.

EU sets out green finance package 08 July 2021, 16:30 CET
The EU Commission adopted measures Tuesday to improve the funding of sustainable projects, with an EU Green Bond Standard to facilitate capital flows to green investments and transition projects.

The EU’s Renewed Sustainable Finance Strategy largely fails to put words into action 07 July 2021, 00:26 CET
The European Commission has released three documents today that aim to bring the EU financial system more in line with the EU Green Deal. While some steps forward are taken, each document has weaknesses.

European Green Bonds Regulation 06 July 2021, 23:43 CET
The European Commission adopted on 6 July a number of measures to increase its level of ambition on sustainable finance.

EU sustainable finance plans overshadowed by labelling of gas as a 'green investment' 06 July 2021, 17:20 CET
Today, the European Commission proposed its Renewed Sustainable Finance Strategy, setting out how it intends to make the bloc's financial system more sustainable. Despite some welcome initiatives, the Commission's green investment labelling plans are heading dangerously in the wrong direction.

Boost for EU consumer rights in wake of pandemic 01 July 2021, 17:58 CET
Consumers are set to gain extra protection when they take out a loan, according to proposals published Wednesday by the Commission revising EU rules on consumer credit and general product safety.

Major Commission proposal to revamp Consumer Credit Directive to the benefit of consumers 30 June 2021, 18:48 CET
Consumers are set to gain much-needed extra protections when they take out a loan, according to proposals the European Commission published today. With many consumers still feeling the financial effects of COVID-19, BEUC praises these added protections, which come just at the right time.

New EU VAT rules to simplify e-commerce 28 June 2021, 22:18 CET
New Value-Added Tax rules for online shopping enter into force on 1 July with a view to ensuring a more level playing field for all businesses and to simplifying cross-border e-commerce in Europe.

EU agrees draft update to car insurance directive 23 June 2021, 22:33 CET
The EU Parliament and Council reached a provisional agreement Wednesday on motor insurance rules providing more protection, transparency and smoother cooperation throughout the EU.

CAP spending not helping to reduce EU farm emissions: report 22 June 2021, 20:59 CET
EU agricultural funding destined for climate action has not contributed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from farming, according to a special report published Tuesday by the European Court of Auditors.

G7 to provide one billion vaccine doses over next year 16 June 2021, 14:24 CET
At the end of the three-day summit in Cornwall, UK, G7 leaders committed to improving global access to COVID-19 vaccines, strengthening the global health system, and ensuring ambitious climate action.