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Banking Union: Council adopts measures to reduce risk in the banking system

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

Press Release, 6/14/2019 The EU is putting in place a new framework which will strengthen the banking union and reduce risks in the financial system. The Council today adopted a comprehensive legislative package which will reduce risks in the banking sector and further reinforce banks’ ability to withstand potential shocks. The package contains amendments to […]

Capital markets union: Council adopts updated rules for financial derivative products and clearing

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

Press Release, 5/14/2019 The EU will soon have in place simplified rules for non-financial counterparties, small financial counterparties and pension funds using financial derivative products. The Council today adopted a regulation improving the existing regulatory framework applying to the over-the-counter (OTC) derivative market. The European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR), adopted in 2012, forms part of […]

Digital Single Market: Cheaper calls to other EU countries as of 15 May

Monday, May 13th, 2019

Brussels, 13 May 2019 As of 15 May, a new maximum price will apply for all international calls and SMS within the EU. As a result, consumers calling from their country to another EU country will pay a maximum amount of 19 cents per minute (+VAT) and 6 cents per SMS message (+VAT). Following the […]

Human rights and democracy in the world: 2018 EU annual report adopted

Monday, May 13th, 2019

On 13 May 2019, the Council adopted the EU annual report on human rights and democracy in the world for 2018. The report noted that in 2018 the EU remained at the forefront of the protection and promotion of human rights in a rapidly changing geopolitical landscape. The EU engaged in activities across the globe […]

Spring 2019 Economic Forecast: Growth continues at a more moderate pace

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

Brussels, 7 May 2019 The European economy is forecast to continue expanding for the seventh year in a row in 2019, with real GDP expected to grow in all EU Member States. As global uncertainties continue to weigh, domestic dynamics are set to support the European economy. Growth is expected to gather pace again next […]

Declaration by the High Representative, Federica Mogherini, on behalf of the European Union on the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2019

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

On World Press Freedom Day we celebrate the essential role of a free press not only as a conveyer of reliable and accurate news, but as a pillar of democracy. The quality of democratic processes is linked to the state of freedom of expression as well as media freedom and pluralism. There is no democracy […]

Luis de Guindos on challenges for bank profitability

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

Speech by Luis de Guindos, Vice-President of the ECB, 1 May 2019 Introduction Sustained economic expansion over the past six years and greater banking sector resilience have supported financial stability within the euro area. But the recent softening of growth prospects heightens risks. The financial stability environment has become more challenging than it was a […]

Strength in unity: Commission makes recommendations for the EU’s next strategic agenda 2019-2024

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

Brussels, 30 April 2019 Ahead of the meeting of EU27 leaders in Sibiu, Romania, on 9 May 2019, the European Commission is today setting out a number of policy recommendations for how Europe can shape its future in an increasingly multipolar and uncertain world. With the European Parliament elections on 23-26 May 2019 and the […]

Facts and figures: European Parliament’s 2014-2019 term

Friday, April 26th, 2019

What was the European Parliament like during its 2014-2019 term? Find out some interesting facts ahead of the European elections on 23-26 May that will shape the next Parliament. Less than half of the MEPs that arrived in July 2014 were new to the Parliament. Some 51.5% had served as MEPs previously. Greece had the […]

New round of U.S. tariffs a ‘modest’ hit for euro area: ECB Report

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

A new round of tariffs between the United States and its main partners would only cause a “modest decrease” in the pace of economic growth in the euro zone, according to research by the European Central Bank. The study simulated a two-way, 10 percent increase in tariff and other trade barriers between the world’s largest […]