EU heads of states are meeting in Brussels on 13-14 December to hammer out an agreement on banking supervision and set out a longer-term roadmap to deepen the eurozone's economic and political integration. A new round of treaty changes and a dedicated budget for the eurozone are all on the agenda.
At a summit in October, EU leaders have agreed to complete the European banking union by 2014, and to hammer out the legal framework by the end of 2012.
European leaders will seek to agree on a “deep and genuine European monetary union” during a two-day summit that begins today (13 December), but diplomats say it should not be seen as a “big bang” event.
EXCLUSIVE / EurActiv France has obtained a copy of the draft conclusions of the EU summit in Brussels on 13-14 December. Plans to complete the legal framework for a European banking union are partly delayed until 2013. And the debate over deepening economic and political integration in the eurozone - including changing the EU treaties - will not take place until after the 2014 European elections.
An impasse over plans for the European Central Bank to supervise banks takes centre stage today (12 December) at a finance ministers' meeting that precedes the EU leadership summit on Thursday and Friday.
The piecemeal approach orchestrated by Jean-Claude Juncker and Mario Draghi to address the root causes of the euro zone debt crisis and complete the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) has not yielded any positive results so far, EurActiv.com has learned.
Faced with a series of unprecedented difficulties, the EU has little choice but to move forward swiftly to the next stage of integration. The way to do that is through treaty change, argues Anfrew Duff in his latest pamphlet 'The Frankfurt Protocol'.
French President François Hollande has put the brakes on a German-backed "political union", saying it should only be considered after the 2014 European elections and could not happen before there is agreement on creating banking and "social" unions.
German chancellor Angela Merkel reluctantly accepted on Friday (18 December) giving a green light to start discussions on the European deposit insurance scheme, the remaining part of the banking union.
The two-day EU summit that begins today (18 October) will be an exploratory one, according to diplomats in Brussels who say EU leaders will be seeking “the lower common denominators” for shaping the economic and monetary union.
European leaders will discuss specific steps towards a cross-border banking union, closer fiscal integration and the possibility of a debt redemption fund at a summit on 28-29 June, according to a document prepared for the meeting.
Social policy indicators such as unemployment could soon form part of the European Commission’s regular monitoring of EU countries’ economic and budgetary imbalances under plans floated by Brussels today to deepen the social dimension of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU).
The leaders of France and Germany joined in a symbolic celebration of unity on Sunday (8 July), hailing a relationship that has brought peace to Europe for 50 years. French President François Hollande underlined that the proposed banking union is the “first step to a budgetary union, which will open the way to stability, growth, and tighter ties.”