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

Chinese data shows signs of recovery - Euro currency news daily
China surprisingly posted an increase in its Manufacturing PMI overnight.

Coronavirus: EU approves UK SME support schemes
The EU Commission on Thursday approved two separate UK State aid schemes to support small and medium-sized enterprises in the context of the coronavirus outbreak.

EU moves to protect critical European assets
The European Commission issued guidelines Thursday to ensure a strong EU-wide approach to foreign investment screening in a time of public health crisis and related economic vulnerability.

Retailers ask for rising card fees to be tackled in Interchange Fee Regulation
Commerce Director-General Christian Verschueren commented today on the publication of an Ernst & Young study for the European Commission on the effectiveness of the Interchange Fee Regulation (IFR) and the launch of its own report on retailers’ on-the-ground experience of the IFR’s application:

Brussels reaches data-sharing agreement with Airbnb, Booking on short-term lets
A landmark agreement with Airbnb, Booking and others on data sharing, reached Thursday by the EU Commission, will allow Eurostat to publish data on their short-stay accommodations across the EU.

Experts: nuclear, gas and some bioenergy not sustainable under EU taxonomy
The EU’s finance sector will take strides for the climate if the European Commission follows just-published expert advice.

EU taxonomy: Expert report to tackle greenwashing in finance
The EU’s battle to end greenwashing in the finance sector should gain ground on Monday 9 March when proposed rules on which investments should qualify as climate-friendly are published.

Wholesalers key to Europe's economy
EuroCommerce today launched its report "Wholesale at the Centre of Europe’s Economy" setting out wholesalers' key contribution to making the European economy work.

EIB and UNEP strengthen cooperation on climate and environmental actions
The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) agreed Monday to deepen their cooperation to enhance climate and environmental actions.

Country reports put sustainability at heart of EU economic policy
Environmental sustainability is at the heart of the 'winter package' of EU country reports analysing Member States' key socio-economic challenges, published on Wednesday by the European Commission.

Mifid II - EU mulls changes to investor protection rules
The EU Commission opened a consultation Monday on changes in investor protection in the Markets in Financial Instruments directive (Mifid), which sets out rules for European securities markets.

VAT rules simplified for Europe's smaller businesses
EU finance ministers adopted simplified VAT rules applicable to small businesses Tuesday, with a view to reducing administrative burdens and compliance costs and helping more efficient trade across borders.

Coronavirus, Brexit weigh on subdued outlook for EU economy
Subdued, stable growth for Europe's economy is set to continue over the next two years, according to the EU's Winter 2020 Economic Forecast, which warns of potential risks including the coronavirus.

MEPs massively back European Central Bank climate role
Today the European Parliament voted in plenary in favour of the European Central Bank (ECB) taking climate action.

BlueInvest Fund to unlock potential of EU's blue economy
The EU Commission with the European Investment Fund launched the BlueInvest Fund Tuesday, to provide financing to equity funds that support economic activities related to oceans, seas and coasts.

BlueInvest platform
The BlueInvest platform supports investment readiness and access to finance for early-stage businesses, SMEs and scale-ups in the blue economy.

Unemployment in the EU at lowest rate since 2000
The unemployment rate in the 28 EU Member States was 6.2 per cent in December 2019, continuing a steady decline from previous months, according to figures published Thursday by Eurostat.

OECD negotiators must now agree on how to modernise international taxation
Ahead of the talks in the OECD this week in Paris, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren pressed negotiators to make concrete progress on modernising international taxation systems:

EUR 200m boost for SMEs in EU neighbouring countries
The European Investment Bank and the EU Commission have joined forces in an 'SME Access to Finance' initiative to support economic growth, innovation and employment in EU neighbouring countries.

MEPs endorse a climate role for European Central Bank
This morning MEPs voted in favour of the European Central Bank taking climate action.

EU sets out plans to finance green economy
The EU unveiled plans Tuesday to finance its new European Green Deal, which it says would lead to more than EUR 1 trillion of public investment through EU financial instruments, as well as private funds.

Just Transition Fund welcomed by SMEs
In a first reaction on yesterday's proposal to establish a "Just Transition Fund", SMEunited President Alban Maggiar supports the general approach put forward by the European Commission.

All frills and no filling: EU sustainable investment plan falls far short
The European Commission's plan for unlocking EUR 1 trillion of sustainable investments over ten years, published on 14 January, is little more than pretty packaging of an empty box in WWF's view.

EU strides forward on Just Transition, but risks stumbling on fossil fuels
The path to a climate neutral Europe became a little easier today, with the European Commission's proposal for a fund to help regions reach climate neutrality.

European Green Deal Investment Plan + Just Transition Mechanism
The European Green Deal's Investment Plan - the Sustainable Europe Investment Plan - presented on 14 January will mobilise public investment and help to unlock private funds through EU financial instruments, notably InvestEU, which would lead to at least €1 trillion of investments.