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

UK GDP gives the pound a short term bounce - Euro currency news daily 30 September 2022, 11:31 CET
After a tumultuous week for the pound, dropping against the US dollar by over 6%, Thursday provided a respite for the currency after the release of UK GDP numbers.

New EU sanctions to target Russian trade 29 September 2022, 22:56 CET
Following recent escalation of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and its 'sham referenda' to facilitate annexation of occupied territories, the Commission presented Wednesday a new package of sanctions.

More rates rises ahead, warns ECB chief Lagarde 28 September 2022, 23:49 CET
More euro interest rates rises are inevitable, European Central Bank president Christine Lagarde told the EU Parliament Monday, citing the fight against inflation as the only way to restore confidence.

The impact of faster payments: crucial for SMEs 26 September 2022, 23:52 CET
SMEunited has been advocating the correct payment terms for decades. Late payments endanger the continuity of SME activities. The report on the impact of faster payments in B2B relations, published today by the Joint Research Centre, underlines this statement. We ask the Commission to use this momentum to immediately launch the revision of the Late Payment Directive, announced by President von der Leyen at the State of the Union address.

NGOs walk out of expert Taxonomy group over lack of independence 14 September 2022, 21:06 CET
BEUC, Birdlife, ECOS, T&E and WWF leave the EU Platform on Sustainable Finance. NGOs claim the European Commission has interfered politically in the group and acted against evidence despite its legal obligation to follow science-based advice.

EU must learn lessons from COVID-19 vaccine procurement: auditors 13 September 2022, 18:21 CET
The EU needs to learn lessons as to whether the Commission and Member States procured COVID-19 vaccines effectively, the EU's auditors said in a special report published Tuesday.

State support for Europe's Covid-hit businesses 'unprecedented' 12 September 2022, 23:00 CET
COVID-19 state aid measures allowed for unprecedented levels of public support while preserving the level-playing field of a fair Single Market, a report by the European Commission showed Thursday.

EIB to provide up to EUR 10 bn for shift away from fossil fuels 07 September 2022, 23:05 CET
The European Investment Bank and the Commission signed an agreement Wednesday paving the way for EUR 11.5 billion in loans and grants to support regions' transition to a climate-neutral economy.

EU puts forward new EUR 5bn aid package for Ukraine 07 September 2022, 22:09 CET
The European Commission proposed Wednesday a further EUR 5 billion in macro-financial assistance (MFA) loans to Ukraine as the second part of an exceptional MFA package of up to EUR 9 billion.

EU ends Greece's 'enhanced surveillance' on 20 August 22 August 2022, 09:15 CET
The EU ended the 'enhanced surveillance' of Greece on 20 August, the European Commission announced, judging the country to have delivered on reforms and the policy commitments it made.

EU disburses EUR 1 bn macro-financial assistance for Ukraine 11 August 2022, 00:09 CET
The European Union continued its support to help Ukraine shore up its public finances Wednesday with disbursement of a new EUR 1 billion macro-financial assistance operation for the country.

Brussels proposes new import ban on Russian gold 18 July 2022, 23:42 CET
A new package of measures to maintain and strengthen the effectiveness of EU sanctions against Russia, proposed Tuesday by the EU Commission, includes a new import ban on Russian gold.

EU to finally require businesses' transparency on their harmful environmental impacts 15 July 2022, 23:32 CET
The European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) voted on 14 July for a strong Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), which would require companies to commit to science-based sustainability targets and tangible plans to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

EU institutions agree deal for digital transformation of Europe 14 July 2022, 23:03 CET
The EU Parliament and Council reached political agreement Thursday on the 'Path to the Digital Decade' programme, setting up a cooperation mechanism to achieve targets for Europe's digital transformation.

Russia's war hits EU economy, hikes inflation 14 July 2022, 18:12 CET
Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine continues to negatively affect the EU economy, as Thursday's interim Summer Economic Forecast points to lower growth and higher inflation.

Croatia given final approval to join euro 12 July 2022, 23:15 CET
The EU Council adopted the last three legal acts to enable Croatia to become a member of the euro area Tuesday, paving the way for Croatia to introduce the EU's common currency on 1 January 2023.

European Parliament greenlights institutional greenwashing of consumers' investments and pensions 06 July 2022, 18:54 CET
The European Parliament has given its green light to the European Commission's plans to label nuclear energy and fossil gas as 'green investments'. For BEUC, this is unacceptable institutional greenwashing and will prevent consumers from investing sustainably.

This is not over yet - WWF will not rest until the Taxonomy is truly green 06 July 2022, 18:50 CET
Like the Commission and the Council previously, the European Parliament failed climate and citizens by endorsing a set of sustainable finance rules which will channel billions of euros into activities that will accelerate climate change and harm the planet, during a vote in today's plenary session.

MEPs fail to reject gas, nuclear from EU Taxonomy guidebook 06 July 2022, 18:46 CET
Euro-MPs failed Wednesday to oppose the inclusion of nuclear and gas as environmentally sustainable economic activities, voting instead in favour of labelling them as green activities in the EU Taxonomy.

EU moves to stop illicit flows of crypto assets 30 June 2022, 22:17 CET
The EU Parliament and Council reached a provisional deal Thursday to ensure transfers of crypto-assets can be traced and identified to prevent money laundering, terrorist financing and other crimes.

EU agrees new social, environmental reporting rules for large companies 22 June 2022, 23:21 CET
MEPs and EU governments struck a provisional deal Tuesday on new reporting rules for large companies, with obligations to disclose their impact on environment, human rights, social standards and work ethics.

Croatia ready to adopt euro in 2023: Eurogroup 17 June 2022, 18:13 CET
The Eurogroup of EU finance ministers endorsed a recommendation Thursday for Croatia to introduce the euro on 1 January 2023, the first step in a legal process to enable Croatia to join the euro area.

With an overwhelming majority, MEPs reject the greenwashing of gas and nuclear power in crucial Committee vote 14 June 2022, 22:07 CET
MEPs in the Environment and Economic Affairs committees have rejected the classification of fossil gas and nuclear power as environmentally sustainable under the EU Taxonomy - the EU's "green" investment guidebook. With an absolute majority, MEPs passed a first crucial step by voting down a list that would give a 'green' label to fossil gas and nuclear power despite their nefarious environmental impacts.

New EU consumer credit rules aim to prevent overindebtedness 13 June 2022, 23:25 CET
EU states adopted updated draft rules for consumer credit Thursday, aiming to modernise and reinforce consumer protection and promote more responsible and transparent practices.

Consumer credit: EU Member States propose to prevent overindebtedness but fail to capture new forms of lending 09 June 2022, 12:26 CET
EU Member States have just adopted their position on updated rules for consumer credit. This follows a strong European Commission proposal to modernise the bloc's outdated Consumer Credit Directive, which covers all types of credit, including peer-to-peer lending and deferred debit cards.