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Empowering national competition authorities (NCAs)

18-02-2019

Since 2003, national competition authorities (NCAs) have boosted the enforcement of EU competition and antitrust rules significantly. However, each year losses of €181-320 billion accrue because of undiscovered cartels, which increase prices by between 17 % and 30 % on average. In March 2017, the Commission proposed a new directive to ensure that all NCAs have effective investigation and decision-making tools, could impose deterrent fines, and have well-designed leniency programmes and enough resources ...

Since 2003, national competition authorities (NCAs) have boosted the enforcement of EU competition and antitrust rules significantly. However, each year losses of €181-320 billion accrue because of undiscovered cartels, which increase prices by between 17 % and 30 % on average. In March 2017, the Commission proposed a new directive to ensure that all NCAs have effective investigation and decision-making tools, could impose deterrent fines, and have well-designed leniency programmes and enough resources to enforce EU competition rules independently. On 30 May 2018, Parliament and Council reached an agreement on the proposal in trilogue. It increases the independence, resources and powers of NCAs and envisages more harmonisation of the national leniency programmes and reduced burdens on undertakings. Parliament adopted the text on 14 November 2018, the final act was signed on 11 December 2018. Third edition. The ‘EU Legislation in Progress’ briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure.

Review of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR): Updated rules on supervision of central counterparties (CCPs)

18-02-2019

The increasing importance of central counterparties (CCPs) and challenges such as the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the EU call for a more comprehensive supervision of CCPs in EU and non-EU countries to secure financial market infrastructure and build confidence. In June 2017, the Commission proposed amendments to Regulation (EU) No 1095/2010 (ESMA – European Securities and Markets Authority) and Regulation (EU) No 648/2012 (EMIR – European Market Infrastructure), to strengthen the regulatory ...

The increasing importance of central counterparties (CCPs) and challenges such as the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the EU call for a more comprehensive supervision of CCPs in EU and non-EU countries to secure financial market infrastructure and build confidence. In June 2017, the Commission proposed amendments to Regulation (EU) No 1095/2010 (ESMA – European Securities and Markets Authority) and Regulation (EU) No 648/2012 (EMIR – European Market Infrastructure), to strengthen the regulatory framework: EU CCPs would be supervised by national authorities in agreement with ESMA, and third-country CCPs subject to different requirements depending on whether (or not) they are systemically important. The European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) adopted its report in May 2018, and the Council agreed its position in November. Trilogue negotiations are now under way.

The euro at 20 [What Think Tanks are thinking]

15-02-2019

The euro marked its 20th anniversary in January 2019, as debates continued about the single currency's track-record and the shape of future reform. When the 11 original members of the euro area irrevocably fixed their exchange rates in 1999, and transferred authority over their monetary policies to the European Central Bank, the currency's advocates hailed the move as the crowning achievement of European integration. Whilist some economists have blamed the euro area's one-size-fits-all approach to ...

The euro marked its 20th anniversary in January 2019, as debates continued about the single currency's track-record and the shape of future reform. When the 11 original members of the euro area irrevocably fixed their exchange rates in 1999, and transferred authority over their monetary policies to the European Central Bank, the currency's advocates hailed the move as the crowning achievement of European integration. Whilist some economists have blamed the euro area's one-size-fits-all approach to interest rates for weakening growth and increasing economic divergences between certain countries, others have pointed to the euro's role in underpinning the single market as well as offering resilience to Europe in withstanding the 2008-2009 financial crisis and its aftermath. Opinion polls shows the euro continues to be popular among citizens. This note brings together commentaries, analyses and studies by major international think tanks and research institutes on the euro's merits, its future and related issues. Earlier publications on the topics can be found in a previous edition of the series published in November 2018, PE 630.268.

Recent measures for Banca Carige from a BRRD and State Aid perspective

15-02-2019

On 8 January 2019, Banca Carige’s temporary administrators issued a press statement setting out some initiatives they have taken to secure the future of the bank. This briefing contains background information on the case of Banca Carige and links the initiatives taken to respective legal requirements stemming from the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD) and the rules for State Aid (SA).

On 8 January 2019, Banca Carige’s temporary administrators issued a press statement setting out some initiatives they have taken to secure the future of the bank. This briefing contains background information on the case of Banca Carige and links the initiatives taken to respective legal requirements stemming from the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD) and the rules for State Aid (SA).

The euro at 20: Benefits of the Single Currency for Citizens

14-02-2019

On 1 January 2019, the euro turned 20. The launch by 11 EU Member States (MS) of the single currency and of the single monetary policy under the responsibility of the European Central Bank (ECB) was a historic milestone on a journey driven by the ambition to ensure stability and prosperity in Europe. Today, still young, the euro is already the currency of 340 million Europeans in 19 MS. This note, prepared by Policy department A, summarises benefits of the single currency for European citizens.

On 1 January 2019, the euro turned 20. The launch by 11 EU Member States (MS) of the single currency and of the single monetary policy under the responsibility of the European Central Bank (ECB) was a historic milestone on a journey driven by the ambition to ensure stability and prosperity in Europe. Today, still young, the euro is already the currency of 340 million Europeans in 19 MS. This note, prepared by Policy department A, summarises benefits of the single currency for European citizens.

The InvestEU programme: Continuing EFSI in the next MFF

14-02-2019

Since its launch in November 2014, the Investment Plan for Europe (IPE) has had considerable success in mobilising private investment across Europe. Despite its success, investment levels in Europe remain below pre-crisis levels. There is therefore a need to provide for an extended EU investment programme under the new multiannual financial framework (MFF), which caters for multiple objectives in terms of simplification, flexibility, synergies and coherence across relevant EU policies. The InvestEU ...

Since its launch in November 2014, the Investment Plan for Europe (IPE) has had considerable success in mobilising private investment across Europe. Despite its success, investment levels in Europe remain below pre-crisis levels. There is therefore a need to provide for an extended EU investment programme under the new multiannual financial framework (MFF), which caters for multiple objectives in terms of simplification, flexibility, synergies and coherence across relevant EU policies. The InvestEU programme, expected to run from 2021 onwards, has been designed to address this challenge. It will bring diverse EU financial instruments within a single structure, making EU funding for investment projects in Europe simpler and more efficient and flexible. It will build on the success achieved by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) and consist of the InvestEU Fund, the InvestEU Advisory Hub and the InvestEU Portal.

European Stability Mechanism – Main Features, Instruments and Accountability

14-02-2019

This document presents the main features of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), including governance, capital structure and funding sources, main lending instruments, as well as its oversight and accountability framework. It also reviews recent proposals and contributions on the possible evolution of the ESM. This note is regularly updated.

This document presents the main features of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), including governance, capital structure and funding sources, main lending instruments, as well as its oversight and accountability framework. It also reviews recent proposals and contributions on the possible evolution of the ESM. This note is regularly updated.

Measures to strengthen NordLB’s capital position

14-02-2019

This briefing for the attention of the Members of the Banking Union Working Group summarises publically available information on Norddeutsche Landesbank (NordLB) regarding (i) its activities, ownership, supervision, and recent performance, (ii) the 2018 stress test results and capital position, (iii) the 2012 State Aid decision and performance during the restructuring period, (iv) NordLB’s core problem: the shipping portfolio, (v) NordLB’s recent attempts to strengthen its capital position, and ( ...

This briefing for the attention of the Members of the Banking Union Working Group summarises publically available information on Norddeutsche Landesbank (NordLB) regarding (i) its activities, ownership, supervision, and recent performance, (ii) the 2018 stress test results and capital position, (iii) the 2012 State Aid decision and performance during the restructuring period, (iv) NordLB’s core problem: the shipping portfolio, (v) NordLB’s recent attempts to strengthen its capital position, and (vi) the BRRD framework.

The role of national fiscal bodies. State of play - February 2019

13-02-2019

This briefing provides an overview of the role played by independent national fiscal bodies in the preparations of forthcoming budgets in EU Member States.

This briefing provides an overview of the role played by independent national fiscal bodies in the preparations of forthcoming budgets in EU Member States.

EURO AT 20: BACKGROUND READER COLLECTION OF STUDIES AND ASSESSMENTS

13-02-2019

This publication is a collection of studies and assessment papers, originally prepared at the request of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Parliament. It aims to provide background-reading materials for the members of European Parliament and members of national parliaments participating in the Parliamentary week 2019 focusing on the Euro@20 debate.

This publication is a collection of studies and assessment papers, originally prepared at the request of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Parliament. It aims to provide background-reading materials for the members of European Parliament and members of national parliaments participating in the Parliamentary week 2019 focusing on the Euro@20 debate.

Externe auteur

R.M.Lastra, CEPS, K.Whelan, M.Dabrovski, Sciences Po-OFCE et al.

Toekomstige activiteiten

24-02-2019
Fourth meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group (JPSG) on Europol
Diverse activiteiten -
LIBE
26-02-2019
Reconversion of industrial areas in the framework of regional policy
Workshop -
STOA
27-02-2019
The labour and social situation of women in the EU – Hearing
Hoorzitting -
FEMM

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