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Capital Markets Union [What Think Tanks are thinking]

13-01-2017

Since the 2008 financial crunch and the ensuing recession, the European Union has been overhauling its regulation of financial markets to try to avoid any repetition of the crisis and to shore up economic growth. The current European Commission has prioritised the creation of Capital Markets Union, which would encourage companies to invest and create jobs by making it easier for them to raise funds on stock and bond markets. The Commission's Action Plan on Building a Capital Markets Union includes ...

Since the 2008 financial crunch and the ensuing recession, the European Union has been overhauling its regulation of financial markets to try to avoid any repetition of the crisis and to shore up economic growth. The current European Commission has prioritised the creation of Capital Markets Union, which would encourage companies to invest and create jobs by making it easier for them to raise funds on stock and bond markets. The Commission's Action Plan on Building a Capital Markets Union includes 33 actions and related measures, which aim to put in place the building-blocks of an integrated capital market within the EU by 2019. This note offers links to a selection of recent commentaries, studies and reports, from some of the major international think tanks and research institutes, which discuss the Capital Markets Union and related reforms.  Some older papers on the topic can be found in a previous edition of 'What Think tanks are Thinking.'

Public country-by-country reporting by multinational enterprises

12-01-2017

Tax transparency has gained particular importance as a tool in the fight against tax avoidance and tax evasion, particularly in the field of corporate income tax and aggressive tax planning. Cooperation between tax authorities aims at allowing them to obtain information covering the global business of multinational enterprises (MNEs), and progress has already been made in this area. A further step in tax transparency would be to broaden it by providing publicly available information relating to tax ...

Tax transparency has gained particular importance as a tool in the fight against tax avoidance and tax evasion, particularly in the field of corporate income tax and aggressive tax planning. Cooperation between tax authorities aims at allowing them to obtain information covering the global business of multinational enterprises (MNEs), and progress has already been made in this area. A further step in tax transparency would be to broaden it by providing publicly available information relating to tax paid at the place where profits are actually made. Public country-by-country reporting (CBCR) is the publication of a defined set of facts and figures by large MNEs, thereby providing the public with a global picture of the taxes MNEs pay on their corporate income. First edition. The ‘EU Legislation in Progress’ briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure.

Macro-Financial Assistance to EU Member States - State of Play, January 2017

12-01-2017

This document provides regularly updated information on EU Member States receiving financial assistance from the ESM, the EFSF, the EFSM, the EU balance of payments assistance facility, other Member States and/or the IMF. It also covers the post-programme reviews undertaken by the European Commission (EC) in liaison with the ECB (Post-Programme Surveillance, PPS), the IMF (Post-Programme Monitoring, PPM) and the ESM (Early Warning System, EWS).

This document provides regularly updated information on EU Member States receiving financial assistance from the ESM, the EFSF, the EFSM, the EU balance of payments assistance facility, other Member States and/or the IMF. It also covers the post-programme reviews undertaken by the European Commission (EC) in liaison with the ECB (Post-Programme Surveillance, PPS), the IMF (Post-Programme Monitoring, PPM) and the ESM (Early Warning System, EWS).

Key Macroeconomic Indicators for Cyprus, Greece, Ireland and Portugal

12-01-2017

This document provides an overview of the progress made based on a selection of key indicators in Member States that are or have been subject to a Macroeconomic Adjustment Programme. Greece is still under a programme, while Ireland, Portugal and Cyprus have exited their programme and are now under so-called post-programme surveillance.

This document provides an overview of the progress made based on a selection of key indicators in Member States that are or have been subject to a Macroeconomic Adjustment Programme. Greece is still under a programme, while Ireland, Portugal and Cyprus have exited their programme and are now under so-called post-programme surveillance.

European Pillar of Social Rights

11-01-2017

The European Union (EU) Member States have defined common social rights and minimum standards in a wide range of labour market-related areas, and have committed to promoting employment and social progress. However, economic and social inequalities are still on the rise. The European Commission's plan for a European Pillar of Social Rights calls for two main actions: modernising existing legislation to better fit the present reality of the world of work and societal patterns, and developing employment ...

The European Union (EU) Member States have defined common social rights and minimum standards in a wide range of labour market-related areas, and have committed to promoting employment and social progress. However, economic and social inequalities are still on the rise. The European Commission's plan for a European Pillar of Social Rights calls for two main actions: modernising existing legislation to better fit the present reality of the world of work and societal patterns, and developing employment and social benchmarks in order to foster upward convergence in the euro area and potentially beyond. Parliament is due to consider an own-initiative report on the subject at its January 2017 plenary session.

EFSI and ESI Funds: Complementarity or contradiction?

11-01-2017

Shortly after beginning its 2014-2019 mandate, the European Commission proposed a new investment Plan for Europe, often referred to as the 'Juncker Plan'. The Investment Plan was seen as a top priority for the European Commission, aimed at strengthening Europe’s competitiveness and stimulating investment in order to create more jobs. It is based on three mutually reinforcing strands: firstly, the mobilisation of at least €315 billion in additional investment over the next three years, maximising ...

Shortly after beginning its 2014-2019 mandate, the European Commission proposed a new investment Plan for Europe, often referred to as the 'Juncker Plan'. The Investment Plan was seen as a top priority for the European Commission, aimed at strengthening Europe’s competitiveness and stimulating investment in order to create more jobs. It is based on three mutually reinforcing strands: firstly, the mobilisation of at least €315 billion in additional investment over the next three years, maximising the impact of public resources and unlocking private investment through the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI); secondly, targeted initiatives to ensure that this extra investment meets the needs of the real economy through strengthened transparency measures and advisory services; and thirdly, measures to provide greater regulatory predictability and to remove barriers to investment, making Europe more attractive and thereby multiplying the plan’s impact. The European Parliament was generally positive regarding EFSI, however, there were criticisms regarding its scope, remit and overall output in the European economy. One of the issues raised in policy fora is the complex relationship between EFSI and the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) as well as EFSI’s overall impact on the territorial cohesion objective of European Union regional policy. Various stakeholders have also mentioned that EFSI may run contrary to the aims of the ESI Funds, thus creating a competitive relationship with EU regional policy.

Implementation of the Stability and Growth Pact – January 2017

10-01-2017

This document gives an overview of key developments under the preventive and corrective arms of the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP) on the basis of the latest Council decisions and recommendations and the Commission Opinions (of 16 November 2016) on compliance of the 2017 Draft Budgetary Plans (DBPs) of euro area Member States with the SGP. The document is regularly updated.

This document gives an overview of key developments under the preventive and corrective arms of the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP) on the basis of the latest Council decisions and recommendations and the Commission Opinions (of 16 November 2016) on compliance of the 2017 Draft Budgetary Plans (DBPs) of euro area Member States with the SGP. The document is regularly updated.

Involvement of the National Parliaments in SCPs and NRPs – 2014, 2015 and 2016

10-01-2017

This paper, updated on an ad hoc basis by the Economic Governance Support Unit, provides an overview of the involvement of national parliaments in the preparations of the National Reform Programmes and Stability or Convergence Programmes based on information provided by the Member States in the respective programmes and supplementing information received from the representatives of national parliaments.

This paper, updated on an ad hoc basis by the Economic Governance Support Unit, provides an overview of the involvement of national parliaments in the preparations of the National Reform Programmes and Stability or Convergence Programmes based on information provided by the Member States in the respective programmes and supplementing information received from the representatives of national parliaments.

Member States Progress towards the EU 2020 Targets

09-01-2017

This note prepared by Economic Governance Support Unit gives an overview of the member states progress towards the EU 2020 targets.

This note prepared by Economic Governance Support Unit gives an overview of the member states progress towards the EU 2020 targets.

Key Features of 2017 Draft Budgetary Plans

09-01-2017

This document prepared by the Economic Governance Support Unit compares key features of the 2017 Draft Budgetary Plans (DBP) with the autumn 2016 forecasts by the European Commission (EC) and key features included in the 2016 Stability Programmes (SP) with the spring 2016 forecasts by the EC.

This document prepared by the Economic Governance Support Unit compares key features of the 2017 Draft Budgetary Plans (DBP) with the autumn 2016 forecasts by the European Commission (EC) and key features included in the 2016 Stability Programmes (SP) with the spring 2016 forecasts by the EC.

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