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2018 Country-Specific Recommendations on Economic, Employment, and Fiscal policies

Friday, July 13th, 2018

On 13 July, the Council concluded this year’s “European Semester” exercise, the annual monitoring process aimed at ensuring economic convergence and stability in the EU. The Council issued its 2018 recommendations and opinions to member states’ on their economic, employment and fiscal policies. The recommendations had been endorsed by the European Council in June. The […]

Commission supports normalisation in Greece through activation of post-programme framework

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

The Commission has adopted a decision 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. On 20 August, Greece will conclude its ESM stability support programme, safeguarding its place at the heart of the euro area […]

Non-standard monetary policy: what impact on small and medium-sized enterprises financing?

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

By Christophe CAHN and Anne DUQUERROY Following the 2011 crisis, the European Central Bank lent massively to Eurosystem banks while extending the range of assets accepted as collateral for these loans. This Rue de la Banque shows that, by targeting a particular asset class, the easing of the collateral policy has made it possible to […]

Reinforcing EU border security: visa-exempt travellers will be pre-screened

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

Non-EU nationals exempt from visa requirements will have to get an authorisation before travelling to the EU, under new rules backed by Parliament on Thursday. The new European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS), which should be operational in 2021, will allow for advanced checks on visa-free travellers and those considered to pose a security, […]

Euro 2.0: Past, Present, and Future of Euro Area Integration, Opening Remarks by Christine Lagarde, IMF Managing Director

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

“The Euro at 20 Conference” — Dublin, Ireland June 25, 2018 As prepared for delivery Introduction Thank you, Philip, for that very kind introduction. It is a pleasure to welcome all of you to “The Euro at 20” conference jointly organized by the Central Bank of Ireland and the IMF. We meet at a moment […]

Members of the European Union Parliament criticize “America first” policy

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

US decision to quit key international deals and start trade war harms EU-US ties, but EU should not give up on transatlantic bond, said committee MEPs on Thursday. In a resolution on the state of EU-US relations, approved by 35 votes to 4, with 2 abstentions, Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs stress that the EU-US relationship […]

The Commission eliminated in 2017 the highest number ever of trade barriers faced by EU companies doing business abroad 

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

The Commission eliminated in 2017 the highest number ever of trade barriers faced by EU companies doing business abroad  The annual report on Trade and Investment Barriers, released today, shows that the European Commission has eliminated the highest number ever of trade barriers faced by EU companies doing business abroad. European exporters reported a major increase […]

European Innovation Scoreboard 2018: Europe must deepen its innovation edge

Monday, June 25th, 2018

The Commission’s 2018 European Innovation Scoreboard published today shows that the EU’s innovation performance continues to improve, but further efforts are needed to ensure Europe’s global competitiveness. Every year, the Commission publishes a comparative assessment of the innovation performance of Member States and benchmarks it with international competitors. The data helps Member States, and the […]

EU and New Zealand launch trade negotiations

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

Today, in the capital of New Zealand, Wellington, Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström and New Zealand’s Minister for Trade David Parker officially launched talks for a comprehensive and ambitious trade agreement. The negotiations will aim at removing barriers to trade in goods and services, as well as developing trade rules to make trade easier and […]

EU Stands Behind G7 Joint Communiqué

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

Following their summit in Charlevoix on June 8-9, G7 leaders adopted a joint communiqué affirming their commitment to fight trade protectionism and to reform the World Trade Organisation among many other commitments (read the full text here). The EU, represented by President Donald Tusk with President Jean-Claude Juncker, reaffirmed its strong commitment to implement the Paris climate agreement, […]