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07/12/2016

Romania’s huge EU funding net gain revealed

Euro & Finance


Euro & Finance 07-12-2016

Christmas spirit lacking in Greek bailout wrangles

Greece thanked creditors for modest debt relief on St Nicholas Day in Brussels but did not hide disappointment it won't get the Christmas gift it wants – a pass on the latest phase of its bailout programme.
Euro & Finance 07-12-2016

Luxembourg 'made 172 secret tax deals' with companies in year after LuxLeaks

Luxembourg struck 172 secret tax deals in the year after the LuxLeaks scandal first exposed the prevalence of agreements made between the government and multinational corporations, new research published today (7 December) has revealed.
Elections 06-12-2016

Renzi on ice: What happens next

Sunday's Italian referendum (4 December) ended up claiming the scalp of the peninsula’s Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, after he pledged to resign if the country voted no to his reforms. But what happens now? EurActiv’s partner Italia Oggi reports.
Euro & Finance 06-12-2016

Member states support extension of Juncker Plan with EU funds

EU finance ministers on Tuesday (6 December) backed the European Commission’s proposal to expand the investment plan to mobilise at least €500 billion by 2020.
Euro & Finance 06-12-2016

Greens pre-empt Monti group report with alternative paper

The Green/EFA group stole the show ahead of the announcement of the results of the work of the “Monti group” on own resources for the future EU budget, by tabling an alternative report focusing on “green own resources”.
Trade & Society 06-12-2016

Apple, Ireland lines of defence diverge in state aid case

In its challenge of the European Commission's €13bn recovery decision, Ireland does not agree with Apple’s position that almost the entirety of its profits are generated by R&D, and should therefore be taxed in the US, PaRR has learned.
Trade & Society 06-12-2016

Wallonia proposes new rules for negotiating international trade deals

The Belgian region of Wallonia, which gained worldwide notoriety by keeping the CETA agreement and an EU-Canada summit hostage for several days, unveiled the Namur Declaration on Monday (5 December), proposing a new way to negotiate international trade treaties.
Elections 06-12-2016

Euro gains as Italian vote goes as expected by traders

The euro jumped against the US dollar on Monday (5 December) after Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's loss in a referendum over constitutional reform, a defeat that traders had widely expected.
Euro & Finance 06-12-2016

Eurozone agrees short-term debt relief for Greece amid IMF row

Eurozone finance ministers on Monday approved new debt relief measures to alleviate Greece's colossal debt mountain in the wake of its huge €86 billion bailout, but at levels far short of those demanded by the IMF.
Euro & Finance 05-12-2016

Eurogroup ignores Commission’s expansionary fiscal target

Some eurozone members have expressed their willingness to invest more but did not take on board the executive’s proposal for a common positive fiscal stance to boost the bloc’s recovery, at a Eurogroup meeting held today (5 December).
Euro & Finance 05-12-2016

Eurozone seeks compromise on Greek debt ahead of IMF deadline

Eurozone finance ministers hope to reach a compromise on Greek reforms on Monday (5 December) in a final bid to get International Monetary Fund support for its bailout programme by the end of the year.
Euro & Finance 05-12-2016

Time for EU leaders to deliver on commitments to Greece

The Eurogroup will today (5 December) examine the progress Greece has made so far. Now the EU must deliver on their own commitments, write Dimitrios Papadimoulis, Udo Bullmann and Pervenche Berès.


EU Priorities 2020 02-12-2016

2017 EU budget adopted with more for migration, security

The European Parliament on Thursday (1 December) adopted spending by the European Union of nearly €158 billion for 2017, including a hefty increase to tackle the migration crisis and terrorism.
Euro & Finance 01-12-2016

Under pressure from national governments, Commission lowers VAT rates for e-books

Booksellers will be able to sell e-books with low VAT rates to match the discounts already applied to paper books under a change to EU tax law announced today (1 December).
Energy 01-12-2016

Privatisation of Greek gas grid operator DESFA fails

Greece said yesterday (30 November) that talks to sell a 66% stake in gas grid operator DESFA to Azerbaijan's state-owned oil company, SOCAR, were not successful.
Euro & Finance 01-12-2016

Slovak minister: 'A European unemployment scheme is important'

State Secretary of Finance Ivan Lesay does not include Slovakia among the “hawkish” member states opposed to a fiscal stimulus for the eurozone. In an interview with EurActiv, he also backed calls for a European unemployment insurance scheme.
Euro & Finance 29-11-2016

Dijsselbloem tells Commission to focus on budget discipline

Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem on Tuesday (29 November) joined critics of the European Commission’s recent call for fiscal stimulus at eurozone level.
Elections 29-11-2016

Fillon: French Sovereignty and European integration?

The centre-right candidate for next year's French presidential election presents himself as a defender of French sovereignty who wants to limit the powers of the European Commission. But he also supports further European integration in some areas. EurActiv France reports.
Euro & Finance 29-11-2016

Moscovici says EU and Greece 'very close' to opening vital debt talks

Greece and its European creditors are "very close" to an agreement that would open the way to vital debt talks, EU economy commissioner Pierre Moscovici said on Monday (28 November).
Euro & Finance 29-11-2016

Draghi: Trump and Brexit causing economic uncertainty

Geopolitical events including the election of Donald Trump and Britain's Brexit vote are the main reasons for the current economic uncertainty, European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi told EU parliamentarians on Monday (28 November).
Euro & Finance 28-11-2016

Commission proposes new CCP financial rules

The European Commission has adopted a proposal on financial market infrastructure that aims to manage the risk of one or more parties defaulting on transactions, in an attempt to learn from lessons provided by the global financial crisis. EurActiv’s partner Milano Finanza reports.
UK & Europe 28-11-2016

Lord Mayor: London will survive Brexit

The Brexit vote has shaken the City of London but will not destroy it despite creating uncertainty, the newly-installed Lord Mayor of the financial hub told AFP.
UK & Europe 23-11-2016

Brexit slams brakes on British growth

Brexit will cause Britain's economic growth to slow sharply and blow a hole in government finances that will require it to borrow an extra £122 billion [€143 billion] over five years, a gloomy budget update revealed today (23 November).
Euro & Finance 23-11-2016

Romania's huge EU funding net gain revealed

Romania's contribution to the EU budget over the last decade only totalled €13 billion, according to the country's very first European Commissioner. EurActiv Romania reports.