The European Commission unveiled its Capital Market Union (CMU) proposal last week. While the US provides a useful model for comparison, Europe must adapt SME funding to the specificities of the domestic market, writes Simon Lewis.
The European Commission’s plan for a Capital Market Union (CMU), brought the false promise of growth by supporting small and medium-sized businesses. In reality, it serves the interests of big investment banks, write a coalition of NGOs.
The European Commission’s call to revive European industry was affirmed by the Junker Commission’s ten priorities as ‘strengthened industrial base’. Taking the example of textiles and fashion, Serge Piolat asks whether is the EU a good place for manufacturing.
The European Commission puts the size of the investment required for building energy efficiency retrofits at around €100 billion per year. This is a significant opportunity for investors and businesses, writes Panama Bartholomy.
Trialogues - secret three-way talks between the major EU institutions to finalise EU law - are a far cry from how lawmaking is supposed to work, underline the bloc's democratic deficit and breach the Treaties, writes Anaïs Berthier.
The new Trade Secrets Directive is meant to protect businesses from industrial espionage. But it will muzzle whistleblowers on public health and environment issues becuase it puts journalists, scientists and public authorities at risk of being crushed in court by corporations, writes James Thornton.
There is still some way to go, but the Better Regulation Agenda, led by European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, is a great opportunity for Europe to lead the way in smart regulation, writes Oliver Gray.
Europe is flagging in its innovation according to EU statistics that show the US and Asia leading the way. Design is one way that the bloc can help to nudge itself ahead again, according to Annabella Coldrick.