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Guides on the EU policy on Finance.
European Account Preservation Order - faster, cheaper and more efficient debt recovery
Around 1 million smaller business (SMEs) in the EU face problems with cross-border debts. This is about EUR 600 million lost every year for these small companies.
Insolvency, Restructuring and Second Chance: proposal for a directive
The European Commission presented a set of European rules on business insolvency on 22 November.
2017 European Semester: Autumn Package
The European Commission sets out the EU's economic and social priorities for the year ahead, confirms the need to move towards a more positive fiscal stance for the euro area, and completes its assessment of euro area Member States' Draft Budgetary Plans.
EU Microfinance Support
Since the EU started its microfinance initiatives, more than 100 agreements have been signed with microfinance providers, to support over 100,000 micro-entrepreneurs in 23 EU Member States.
European Fiscal Board
Following the Five Presidents' Report on completing Europe's Economic and Monetary Union, the Commission decided last October to set up a European Fiscal Board as an independent advisory board on fiscal matters.
Completing the Capital Markets Union
The European Commission set out on 14 September the next steps to accelerate the completion of the Capital Markets Union (CMU), a flagship project of the Juncker Commission to boost jobs and growth in Europe.
EU External Investment Plan
An External Investment Plan, proposed by the European Commission on 14 September, would support investment in our partner countries, in Africa and the European Neighbourhood, to strengthen EU partnerships, promote a new model of participation of the private sector and contribute to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The plan forms part of broader efforts the EU is pursuing on the basis of the new Partnership Framework adopted in June.
Investment Plan for Europe and Energy
One year after the launch of the Investment plan for Europe and the Energy Union, a number of sustainable, low-carbon projects around Europe are beginning to bring about real change on the road to Energy Union.
Interchange Fees Regulation
The Regulation on Interchange Fees for Card-based payment transactions entered into force in June 2015. It is aimed at addressing the widely varying and excessive hidden interchange fees which are an obstacle to the Single Market and a barrier to innovation.
Report on functioning of Insurance Block Exemption Regulation
The European Commission has published a report focusing on the functioning of the Insurance Block Exemption Regulation, which exempts certain types of cooperation in the insurance sector from EU antitrust rules under certain conditions.
Public consultation on the European Pillar of Social Rights
The European Commission presented on 8 March a first, preliminary outline of the European Pillar of Social Rights announced by President Juncker in September last year, and launched a broad public consultation.
Tax transparency agreement on exchange of information on country-by-country reports of multinational companies
EU Member States on 8 March reached political agreement on the automatic exchange of tax-related financial information of multinational companies, known as country-by-country reporting - subject to UK parliamentary scrutiny.
Extension to application date for MiFID II package
The European Commission proposed on 10 February a one-year extension to the entry into application of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, or MiFID II.
Commission Opinion on the 2016 Draft Budgetary Plan of Portugal
The European Commission considers that the Portuguese government's 2016 Draft Budgetary Plan is at risk of non-compliance with the provisions of the Stability and Growth Pact. In its Opinion adopted on 5 February, the European Commission therefore invites the authorities to take the necessary measures within the national budgetary process to ensure that the 2016 budget will be compliant with the Stability and Growth Pact.
Investing in jobs and growth - Maximising the contribution of the European Structural and Investment Funds
The European Commission adopted on 15 December a Communication on the contribution of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) to the EU's growth strategy, the Investment Plan and the Commission's priorities over the next decade.
Overhaul for EU prospectus rules
The European Commission has proposed to overhaul prospectus rules to improve access to finance for companies and simplify information for investors. Small and medium-sized companies in particular will find it easier to raise funding when issuing shares or debt. Companies already listed on public markets will benefit when they want to list additional shares or issue corporate bonds.
Annual Growth Survey 2016
The European Commission's package launches the annual cycle of economic governance. It sets out general economic and social priorities for the EU and gives Member States policy guidance for the following year. Policy challenges vary across countries, so responses will also vary. However, there are overarching themes that affect the EU as a whole. To strengthen the recovery and foster convergence, the Commission recommends building on the three main pillars identified last year for the EU's economic and social policy: re-launching investment, pursuing structural reforms and responsible fiscal policies.
TTIP: proposal for investment protection and Court System
The EU formally presented to the US on 12 November its proposal for a reformed approach on investment protection and a new and more transparent system for resolving disputes between investors and states: the Investment Court System.
Annual report of the European Court of Auditors 2014
The European Court of Auditors gave the EU accounts on 10 November a clean bill of health for the 8th year in a row. Both the revenue side and administrative expenditure are free from significant errors. The overall error rate in payments has declined for a second consecutive year, to 4.4% in 2014. The Court also, in its annual report on the implementation of the EU budget in 2014, stresses the progress made by the Commission to increase transparency and absorption concerning the management of EU funds.
Autumn 2015 Economic Forecast
The economic recovery in the euro area and the European Union as a whole is now in its third year. It should continue at a modest pace next year despite more challenging conditions in the global economy. The European Commission expects Europe's economy to continue a moderate recovery despite the challenges.