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Economic affairs MEPs target conflicts of interest in benchmark setting

ECON 31-03-2015 - 12:10

A draft EU law to make the benchmarks used to price EU citizens’ mortgages, loans and bonds more trustworthy was backed by the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee on Tuesday. The text (lead MEP Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, ALDE, NL) aims to clean up the benchmark-setting process, by curbing conflicts of interest like those that led to the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) rigging scandals of recent years. (Przeczytaj więcej)

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Greece should resume policy dialogue and agree on reforms, Draghi tells MEPs

ECON 23-03-2015 - 18:49

The European Central Bank’s expanded asset purchase programme, better known as “quantitative easing” (QE), is starting to make headway across the EU, ECB President Mario Draghi told Economic and Monetary Committee MEPs on Monday. Mr Draghi also reported on the tough negotiations with Greece and outlined what it would take for the ECB to reinstate the waiver for buying Greek state bonds on the secondary market, so as to enable QE to benefit Greece, too. (Przeczytaj więcej)

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EP must have bigger role in new investment fund, say budget and economics MEPs

BUDG ECON 12-03-2015 - 10:32

Parliament should have a bigger role in supervising the operations of the new European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI), in selecting its top officials and in the decisions on how to feed the guarantee fund, says the draft report by the budgets and the economic and monetary affairs committees, presented and discussed on Thursday in Strasbourg. (Przeczytaj więcej)

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Juncker investment plan must complement other EU tools, say MEPs

BUDG ECON 02-03-2015 - 18:40

The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) must focus on currently underfunded areas, so as to complement, not duplicate, other EU budget tools, said MEPs at Monday’s expert hearing on the Juncker investment plan proposals. The hearing was held by the Budgets and Economic and Monetary Affairs committees with a view to shaping legislation for the investment plan. (Przeczytaj więcej)

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Alain Lamassoure elected chair of Special Committee on Tax Rulings

ECON 26-02-2015 - 10:33

Parliament’s newly-established Special Committee on Tax Rulings elected Alain Lamassoure (EPP, FR) as its chair at its constituent meeting on Thursday morning. As vice-chairs, the committee elected Bernd Lucke (ECR, DE), Marisa Matias (GUE/NGL, PT) and Eva Joly (Greens/EFA, FR). Rapporteurs will be appointed on 9 March. (Przeczytaj więcej)

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Eurogroup President cautiously optimistic on euro zone economy and Greek reforms

ECON 24-02-2015 - 14:20

The state of play in Eurogroup talks with Greece dominated the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee’s regular debate with Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem on Tuesday morning. (Przeczytaj więcej)

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Capping card payment fees: economic affairs MEPs back deal with Council

ECON 27-01-2015 - 15:53

The fees that banks charge retailers for processing shoppers’ payments would be capped under draft EU rules endorsed by Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs in a vote on Tuesday. The vote confirms an informal deal struck with the Council in December. The cap would apply to both cross-border and domestic card-based payments and should cut costs for card users. (Przeczytaj więcej)

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Money laundering: company owner lists to fight tax crime and terrorist financing

ECON LIBE 27-01-2015 - 15:30

The ultimate owners of companies will have to be listed in central registers in EU countries, open both to the authorities and to people with a "legitimate interest", such as journalists, under a Parliament/Council deal endorsed by the Economic and Monetary Affairs and Civil Liberties committees on Tuesday. The new anti-money laundering directive aims to help to fight money laundering, tax crimes and terrorist financing. New rules to make it easier to trace transfers of funds were also approved. (Przeczytaj więcej)

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“Solidarity should not replace necessary decisions”, Schäuble tells MEPs

ECON 27-01-2015 - 13:40

EU solidarity should not replace decisions that must be taken in countries suffering economic difficulties, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble told Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs in Tuesday’s special debate on the review of the economic governance framework. His Italian colleague Pier Carlo Paduan, vehemently rejected criticism of measures to bring down Italy’s deficit and stressed the need to better coordinate reform policies. (Przeczytaj więcej)

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Juncker Plan will create 1.3 million jobs, Katainen tells economic affairs MEPs

ECON 26-01-2015 - 18:06

The European Commission calculates that the Juncker Plan for a European Strategic Investments Fund will create 1.3 million jobs, said Commissioner for Growth and Jobs Jyrki Katainen in a debate with Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs on Monday. If projects incur losses, the public share of their funding will take the first blow. "That's why they are interesting for private investors", he said. (Przeczytaj więcej)