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Guides on the EU policy on Finance.
European Commission Opinion on the 2019 draft budgetary plan of Italy
The European Commission identified on 23 October in the draft budgetary plan submitted by Italy for 2019 a particularly serious non-compliance with the fiscal recommendation addressed to Italy by the Council on 13 July 2018.
State of the Union 2018: stronger anti-money laundering supervision
In the 2018 'State of the Union' address to the European Parliament, EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker proposed stronger anti-money laundering supervision for a 'stable banking and financial sector'.
Updated Blocking Statute in support of Iran nuclear deal
As the first batch of re-imposed US sanctions on Iran took effect, the EU's updated Blocking Statute entered into force early on 7 August to mitigate their impact on the interests of EU companies doing legitimate business in Iran.
EU guidance on protection of cross-border EU investments
The European Commission on 19 July issued guidance to help EU investors to invoke their rights before national administrations and courts and to help Member States to protect the public interest in compliance with EU law.
EU External Investment Plan
As part of its External Investment Plan, the EU gave its green light to a package of financial guarantee programmes worth around EUR 800 million on 10 July. This will help to leverage an estimated EUR 8-9 billion in public and private investment in Africa and the Neighbourhood.
Greece post-programme framework to support normalisation
The European Commission adopted a decision on 11 July to activate the enhanced surveillance framework for Greece to support the implementation of agreed reforms following the successful conclusion of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) stability support programme.
EU Customs Union: the world's largest trading bloc
The EU's Customs Union celebrated its 50th anniversary on July 1, and is seen by many as one of the European Union's greatest achievements.
EU budget for external action
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.
The InvestEU Programme
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.
Commission proposal to amend the Motor Insurance Directive
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.
Commission proposals on financing sustainable growth
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.
European Semester 2018 Spring Package
The European Commission has taken the next steps in the 2018 cycle of the European Semester of economic policy coordination.
Cross-border payments
The European Commission proposed on 28 March to make cross-border payments in euro cheaper across the entire EU.
Action Plan on the Reduction of Non-Performing Loans in Europe
The Commission proposed on 14 March a comprehensive package of measures to tackle non-performing loans (NPLs) in Europe, capitalising on the significant progress already made in reducing risks in the banking sector.
Covered bonds, cross-border distribution of investment funds and cross-border transactions in claims and securities
The European Commission took a major step towards development of an EU Capital Markets Union by promoting alternative sources of financing and removing barriers to cross-border investments.
European Crowdfunding Services for Business - Proposal for a Regulation
As a first major deliverable of the Action Plan on harnessing the opportunities presented by technology-enabled innovation in financial services (FinTech), the European Commission is putting forward new rules that will help crowdfunding platforms to grow across the EU's single market.
Financial Technology (FinTech) Action Plan
On 8 March, the European Commission unveiled an Action Plan on how to harness the opportunities presented by technology-enabled innovation in financial services (FinTech).
EU Action Plan on financing sustainable growth
The European Commission presented on 8 March an Action Plan on sustainable finance and financial technology.
European Semester 2018: Winter Package
The European Commission published on 7 March its annual analysis of the economic and social situation in the EU Member States, including progress in implementing country-specific recommendations and an assessment of possible imbalances.
2017 State Aid Scoreboard
The 2017 State Aid Scoreboard, published on 16 January by the European Commission, showed that over 97% of new implemented aid measures fell under the new General Block Exemption Regulation and could be quickly implemented by EU Member States to the benefit of citizens, businesses and regions, avoiding bureaucracy, red tape and delays.