Financial regulation

Commission running late on climate reporting project

The Commission is working on its climate reporting project to be announced next spring, but Commission vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis already announced support for a relaxation of prudential regulations for green projects. EURACTIV France reports.

Economy & Jobs 13-12-2017

Macron shifts focus away from eurozone reform to court Merkel

French President Emmanuel Macron, concerned that a divisive discussion over eurozone reform might undermine his broader European agenda, has begun prioritizing other areas of EU cooperation, French officials say.

Economy & Jobs 08-12-2017

Trans-Europe Express: European hypocrisy on tax havens

EU national governments say harbouring dodgy money is wrong - unless you’re European. After months of intense negotiations, the 28 EU finance ministers finally published their much-awaited blacklist of tax havens this week. And it landed like a damp squib.

Economy & Jobs 08-12-2017

MEPs try to add EU member states to the blacklist of tax havens

Socialists (S&D) want to add the Netherlands, Ireland, Luxembourg and Malta to the blacklist of tax havens in the EU during a vote on the report of the committee of inquiry on tax evasion next Tuesday (12 December). EURACTIV France reports.

Economic governance 06-12-2017

EU’s tax haven list leaves out member states and British territories

After intense negotiations, EU member states point their finger at 17 tax havens in a somewhat succinct blacklist that disappointed officials, MEPs and transparency activists. EURACTIV France reports.

Health 17-11-2017

Electric motorsport to ditch no-deal Brexit UK

The London-based Formula-E electric car racing series will leave Britain if Brexit goes ahead without a deal on tax and employment, the outfit’s chief executive said on Wednesday (15 November).

Economy & Jobs 10-11-2017

After Paradise Papers, it is high time for the EU to act

The Paradise Papers showed once again that anonymous companies are being used as a ‘getaway vehicle’ for criminality, writes Nienke Palstra.

Economy & Jobs 06-11-2017

‘Paradise Papers’ embarrass US trade chief, Queen Elizabeth, and counting

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists on Sunday (5 November) released The Paradise Papers, a global investigation that reveals the offshore activities of some of the world’s most powerful people and companies.

Sustainable finance requires a change in incentives

Hurricane Harvey’s trail of carnage through Houston, the oil capital of the US, was a stark reminder of the effect that climate change can have on our economy, writes Peter Blom.

Economy & Jobs 30-10-2017

EMU: Focus on market discipline, financial stability, not on fiscal smoothing

The mood in Europe has changed. Attention has shifted from crisis management to how to make the European Union and in particular the eurozone function better in the longer term, writes Juha  Sipilä.

Digital 04-10-2017

Notaries turn blockchain into ally for digital transactions

Once feared as a technology that would make legal practitioners redundant, blockchain has now actually strengthened the role of notaries as interpreters of complex transactions, best illustrated by the convoluted issue of land registries.

Economy & Jobs 21-09-2017

Commission wants bigger role for regulators in sustainable finance development

The European Commission has proposed giving the European Supervisory Authorities broader powers to determine what represents environmental, social and governance investment and to monitor banks’ activities in this field.

Economy & Jobs 20-09-2017

EU moves to extend grip on financial sector after Brexit

The European Commission proposed on Wednesday (20 September) transferring some powers to oversee the financial sector from national capitals in a move to extend the EU’s grip on the industry as the bloc prepares for the departure of London, its main financial hub.

Economy & Jobs 07-09-2017

GDPR: A challenge for the financial services industry

The brave new world of data presents many challenges for the financial services industry and regulators alike. But if the right approach to regulating technological change is taken, Europe will continue to be a globally leading centre in the future, writes James Kemp.

Economy & Jobs 21-08-2017

Trade body says English courts should rule on European swaps after Brexit

English courts should continue to rule on disputes over cross-border derivatives contracts after Brexit to avoid clogging up a $483 trillion global market, a trade body said on Monday (21 August).

Juncker Plan falls short of offering green projects, expert group says

The high-level group on sustainable finance proposed on Tuesday (18 July) a new platform to match capital and green projects, as the Juncker Plan did not develop the 'big pipeline' that was expected to unlock the money resting in the pockets of big investors.

Reshaping the financial system as a tool for good

The European Commission's High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance delivered its interim report today (13 July). Ingrid Holmes, one of the members of the group, explains how the financial system can help address long-term challenges such as climate change.

Economy & Jobs 29-06-2017

Basel III reform ‘unlikely’ by G20 meeting

EU and industry officials say it is “unlikely” that Europe and the US will agree on new rules to strengthen the banking sector by the time of the G20 meeting in Hamburg on 7-8 July.

Economy & Jobs 26-06-2017

Italy coughs up €17bn to deal with two troubled banks

Italy will pay up to €17 billion to break up two insolvent Venetian banks, which have posed a threat to the country's banking system, the government announced Sunday (25 June).

Economy & Jobs 21-06-2017

Commission moves to tighten tax evasion rules

The European Commission took a further step in fighting cross-border tax evasion on Wednesday (21 June) by proposing tougher new rules for financial intermediaries who design and promote tax planning schemes for their clients.

Banking union 13-06-2017

EU seeks post-Brexit powers over London euro clearing

The EU unveiled plans Tuesday (13 June) to give itself powers to force a huge slice of London's banking business out of the UK after Brexit in a blow to the city's supremacy as a global financial hub.

Economy & Jobs 09-06-2017

Commission must double efforts towards a sustainable financial system

Robust and binding criteria are needed to build sustainable capital markets or we risk that both national legislators and financial investors simply ignore their investment’s impact, or revert to greenwashing, writes Anne van Schaik.

Economy & Jobs 09-06-2017

Multinationals should say what they pay

From an investor’s perspective, planned transparency is far preferable to surprise leaks or investigations into corporate tax avoidance strategies which lead to reputational risk and government crackdown, writes Morris Pearl.

Banking union 07-06-2017

EU banking resolution rules pass credibility test with Banco Popular

The new Single Resolution Board intervened for the first time early this morning (7 June) to save Banco Popular, a troubled Spanish bank whose deposits were protected without using taxpayers’ money after Banco Santander decided to acquire its assets.