Euro & Finance

Economy & Jobs 03-11-2021

Why EU needs a stronger commitment from Member States to build efficient capital markets

The European Commission expressed commitment to stronger and more deeply integrated financial markets with its action plan on capital markets union (CMU) published one year ago. This objective cannot be achieved without a strong commitment from the EU Member States, even more crucial now, as Europe recovers from the COVID-19 crisis. 
Climate change 18-10-2021

Fiscal reform and why it matters for climate

The EU's economic governance must drive climate action for a just transition, not austerity, writes Isabelle Brachet.
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Economy & Jobs 30-09-2021

Long-term financing and prudential rules: a dilemma that isn’t one

Over the last five years, banks and insurers have invested around €65 billion into private equity. That represents 15% of the overall investment in that asset class, which was then committed by these funds into companies of all sizes, from small start-ups to large established businesses.

The EU taxonomy can strengthen SMEs in the green transition

Small and medium-sized companies stay exempt from the new disclosure rules on the EU’s sustainable finance taxonomy starting in 2022. However corporate leaders would be well-advised to follow its implications, including SMEs, writes Finn Wendland.
Economy & Jobs 17-09-2021

Banking and fintech: not a zero sum game

By working together, and with policymakers, banks and fintech businesses can speed up the EU's economic recovery, writes Ellen Moeller
Economic governance 14-09-2021

The Brief, powered by EPRA — The politics of the pact

The EU’s fiscal rule book was an early victim of the COVID pandemic, correctly, pushed aside by the need to keep businesses afloat as lockdowns derailed economies. But it has not been forgotten.
Economic governance 17-08-2021

The new crusade for fiscal prudence

The frugal alliance stands to gain very little if their campaign for premature fiscal consolidation following the pandemic succeeds, but they risk exposing the entire EU to serious political and economic consequences, writes Anna Peychev.
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Economy & Jobs 20-07-2021

Private Equity is private & Public Markets are public… and never the twain shall meet?

For some time a misplaced false dichotomy has been going around as part of the narrative of the ecosystem in capital markets. According to this, private equity fund managers should be in opposition to the well-functioning of the public markets....
Economic governance 02-07-2021

Revamping fiscal rules requires a new understanding on debt sustainability

It is necessary to reform the European Union’s flawed macroeconomic architecture as the post-pandemic world demands a new fiscal rulebook to boost our economies, argues Margarida Marques.
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Economy & Jobs 25-06-2021

How private equity creates jobs and a brighter future

Private equity is an essential part of the solid foundation on which the European economy is built and its society flourishes. It is an engine for growth, and that growth is an engine for job creation. From food and clothing...
Economy & Jobs 21-06-2021

A fairer playing field for businesses and consumers

The EU's new VAT regime will create rules fit for the digital age and benefit businesses and consumers, writes Gerassimos Thomas.
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Economy & Jobs 16-06-2021

Thinking about investing in Portugal? Think again.

In 2017, a coalition of institutional investors, including Pimco and Blackrock, boycotted an issuance of Portuguese bonds to protest the risks associated with actively investing in Portuguese public or private debt “as the Banco de Portugal still has not addressed...
Economy & Jobs 03-06-2021

The Brief, powered by UNESDA – Europe’s debt disciple raises the alarm

“Borrowing in times of crisis to stabilise the economy makes sense, as long as the question of repayment is not forgotten.” So says Bundestag president and former German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble, a welcome, if unlikely, convert to Keynesian economics.
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Economy & Jobs 01-06-2021

Private equity industry ready to finance recovery

Europe’s private equity industry stands ready to finance the recovery and contribute toward climate neutrality and digital leadership. Eric de Montgolfier is the CEO of Invest Europe.  How has your industry been coping with this health and economic crisis? With...
The European Commission is to work alongside the European Central Bank (ECB) in probing a range of 'policy, legal and technical' pitfalls that could emerge as part of plans to introduce a Digital Euro crypto-currency in mid-2021.
Economy & Jobs 18-05-2021

The real reason we need a digital euro

The ECB will decide this summer whether to continue its plans for digitalizing the euro. With bankers pushing back, the major advantage of a digital euro has gained little attention, writes Igor Pejic.
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Economy & Jobs 04-05-2021

A joint effort to boost the European recovery

In 2021, Generali celebrates its 190th anniversary. It is not only a significant milestone that few companies can boast, but also an opportunity to honour our history by continuing to play an ever-increasing active corporate citizenship role that goes beyond...
Economy & Jobs 30-04-2021

Where is social inclusion in the national recovery plans?

The Recovery Funds should respond to the strategic priorities set out by the European Commission, including employment and fighting poverty. However, an initial assessment of the submitted draft national recovery plans suggests that they largely miss investment in social inclusion and social services reform, writes Alfonso Lara Montero.
Economic governance 22-04-2021

The ECB needs political guidance on secondary objectives

While EU Treaties clearly stipulate that the European Central Bank “shall support the general objectives of the European Union", politicians cannot simply stand by, hoping that it will use its discretionary power to act on them, writes Grégory Claeys.
Economy & Jobs 21-04-2021

No need to panic about the EU recovery fund

The EU recovery fund has been delayed by another court case in Germany. But there's no need to worry, writes Sony Kapoor.
Competition 18-03-2021

Don’t impose new tax reporting burden on EU businesses

The competitiveness of European businesses is at risk if EU introduces unilateral public country-by-country reporting, writes Krister Andersson.
Economy & Jobs 18-02-2021

From financial solidarity to a social and federal union

The creation of a federal bond will pave the way for a treasury and common EU taxation. However, this ad-hoc financial union agreed by the European Council is mostly an intergovernmental affair and a stronger role of the European Parliament...
Economic governance 12-02-2021

The Coronavirus exposes the Netherlands as a tax haven – again

Governments miss out on billions of tax revenues annually as the result of tax havens such as The Netherlands. The Coronavirus pandemic tellingly shows how such tax havens undermine public policy and cohesion within the EU, argues Boris Kowalski.
Economy & Jobs 08-02-2021

Cancel the public debt held by the ECB and ‘take back control’ of our destiny

It is time for the European Central Bank to cancel a large of the public debt it holds, say more than a hundred economists from across Europe including Aurore Lalucq, Nicolas Dufrêne, Jézabel Couppey-Soubeyran, and Laurence Scialom.
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Aviation 02-12-2020

A Green Recovery for Aviation

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the European aviation sector particularly hard. Almost 90% of Europe’s flights were grounded from March to May, and today that figure stands at 62%. The entire aviation sector will continue to face significant challenges in...