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Economic Dialogue with the Other EU Institutions under the European Semester Cycle (State-of-Play, February 2017)

20-02-2017

This document provides an overview of forthcoming and undertaken Economic Dialogues with the other institutions of the European Union under the European Semester Cycle(s). It is updated on a regular basis.

This document provides an overview of forthcoming and undertaken Economic Dialogues with the other institutions of the European Union under the European Semester Cycle(s). It is updated on a regular basis.

How blockchain technology could change our lives

20-02-2017

Blockchain technology is of increasing interest to citizens, businesses and legislators across the European Union. This report is aimed at providing a point of entry for those curious about blockchain technology, so as to stimulate interest and provoke discussion around its potential impact. A general introduction is followed by a closer look at eight areas in which blockchain has been described as having a substantial potential impact. For each of these, an explanation is given of how the technology ...

Blockchain technology is of increasing interest to citizens, businesses and legislators across the European Union. This report is aimed at providing a point of entry for those curious about blockchain technology, so as to stimulate interest and provoke discussion around its potential impact. A general introduction is followed by a closer look at eight areas in which blockchain has been described as having a substantial potential impact. For each of these, an explanation is given of how the technology could be developed in that particular area, the possible impacts this development might have, and what potential policy issues are to be anticipated.

Euro Area Key Indicators: Latest Forecasts by EC, IMF, ECB and OECD

14-02-2017

This table prepared by the Economic Governance Support Unit includes Euro Area key indicators and latest forecasts from the Commission, IMF, ECB and OECD.

This table prepared by the Economic Governance Support Unit includes Euro Area key indicators and latest forecasts from the Commission, IMF, ECB and OECD.

Expected real GDP growth for 2017 in EU Member States

13-02-2017

The map of the Economic Governance Support Unit shows the real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth forecast for 2017 based on the European Commission’s winter 2017 forecast. The data will be updated on regular bases once new forecast figures will be available.

The map of the Economic Governance Support Unit shows the real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth forecast for 2017 based on the European Commission’s winter 2017 forecast. The data will be updated on regular bases once new forecast figures will be available.

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Expected Unemployment Rate for 2017 in EU Member States

13-02-2017

The map of the Economic Governance Support Unit shows the expected unemployment rate for 2017 based on the European Commission’s winter 2017 forecast. The data will be updated on regular bases once new forecast figures will be available.

The map of the Economic Governance Support Unit shows the expected unemployment rate for 2017 based on the European Commission’s winter 2017 forecast. The data will be updated on regular bases once new forecast figures will be available.

Double taxation dispute resolution mechanisms in the European Union

10-02-2017

Double taxation happens when two (or more) tax jurisdictions impose comparable taxes on the same cross-border taxable event. This can happen since taxation is a sovereign right for individual countries. The proposal for a directive on double taxation dispute resolution mechanisms in the European Union is instrumental to reducing compliance costs and administrative burdens. It contributes to the broader objective of building a deeper and fairer internal market as well as a fair and efficient corporate ...

Double taxation happens when two (or more) tax jurisdictions impose comparable taxes on the same cross-border taxable event. This can happen since taxation is a sovereign right for individual countries. The proposal for a directive on double taxation dispute resolution mechanisms in the European Union is instrumental to reducing compliance costs and administrative burdens. It contributes to the broader objective of building a deeper and fairer internal market as well as a fair and efficient corporate tax system in the European Union. The proposal builds on the Union Arbitration Convention, which needs to be updated to improve the existing mechanisms and make them fit the current global tax environment better. This will be done by adding a limited number of rules, and ensuring coordination within the European Union. First edition. The ‘EU Legislation in Progress’ briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure.

Understanding equivalence and the single passport in financial services: Third-country access to the single market

09-02-2017

Alongside closer integration of the single market in financial services on the one hand and the more general globalisation of the sector on the other, the issue of access for third-country institutions has become increasingly important – not least recently in relation to the question of access to the continent for City of London-based financial services firms in the context of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union (Brexit). Companies established in any European Economic Area (EEA ...

Alongside closer integration of the single market in financial services on the one hand and the more general globalisation of the sector on the other, the issue of access for third-country institutions has become increasingly important – not least recently in relation to the question of access to the continent for City of London-based financial services firms in the context of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union (Brexit). Companies established in any European Economic Area (EEA) Member State have access to the single market for financial services under single passport rights. This means that they can establish branches in other EEA countries or provide financial services across the EEA without the need for further authorisation. The debate on access for third countries has intensified since the 2008 financial crisis, resulting in an increasing number of legal acts in recent years containing 'equivalence provisions'. These allow third countries to ask for an assessment of equivalence of their regulatory system with that of the European Union. Equivalence, if granted, offers in most cases a much more piecemeal access to the single market than passport rights. Quite often, equivalence concerns more technical matters and does not significantly alter third-country access terms. Only in some instances can access under equivalence be considered 'passport-like', and in the most significant cases, this concerns legislation which is not yet in force.

Recapitalisation of Monte dei Paschi di Siena: state of play

08-02-2017

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena S.p.A. (MPS) is the fifth largest bank in Italy, holding total assets of around EUR 160 billion as of 30 September 2016 (in comparison, the bank held total assets of EUR 214 billion at the end of 2008). This briefing is based on publicly available information and provides an overview of the recent developments, in particular the recapitalisation, of this bank.

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena S.p.A. (MPS) is the fifth largest bank in Italy, holding total assets of around EUR 160 billion as of 30 September 2016 (in comparison, the bank held total assets of EUR 214 billion at the end of 2008). This briefing is based on publicly available information and provides an overview of the recent developments, in particular the recapitalisation, of this bank.

An aviation strategy for Europe

07-02-2017

Owing to the importance of aviation for the EU economy and to the many challenges with which the sector is confronted, in December 2015 the European Commission adopted a new aviation strategy for Europe. The purpose is to strengthen the competitiveness and sustainability of aviation, and to help it cope with traffic growth and increased competition, while maintaining high quality standards. The Parliament is due to debate on an own-initiative report on the aviation strategy during its February II ...

Owing to the importance of aviation for the EU economy and to the many challenges with which the sector is confronted, in December 2015 the European Commission adopted a new aviation strategy for Europe. The purpose is to strengthen the competitiveness and sustainability of aviation, and to help it cope with traffic growth and increased competition, while maintaining high quality standards. The Parliament is due to debate on an own-initiative report on the aviation strategy during its February II plenary part-session.

European Semester: Assessing the 2017 priorities

07-02-2017

The European Semester is a key monitoring element of the EU's economic governance framework which aims to detect, prevent, and correct problematic economic trends such as excessive government deficits or public debt levels. As part of the annual evaluation cycle, three European Parliament Committees discuss the European Commission's priority areas for 2017: boosting investment, pursuing structural reforms and ensuring responsible fiscal policies. The Committee reports assess the priorities from an ...

The European Semester is a key monitoring element of the EU's economic governance framework which aims to detect, prevent, and correct problematic economic trends such as excessive government deficits or public debt levels. As part of the annual evaluation cycle, three European Parliament Committees discuss the European Commission's priority areas for 2017: boosting investment, pursuing structural reforms and ensuring responsible fiscal policies. The Committee reports assess the priorities from an economic, employment and single market point of view before the Commission presents dedicated country reports in late February. Plenary discussion on all three reports is planned for the February II part-session.

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28-02-2017
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