Financing the Future

Economy & Jobs 13-05-2022

EU Commission proposes tax cut to incentivise equity investments

As most corporate tax systems in the EU currently prefer debt financing over equity and EU companies are highly indebted, the EU Commission proposed the introduction of a tax allowance that should incentivise the accrual of new equity rather than debt.
Economy & Jobs 04-05-2022

EU body sets out draft sustainability disclosure standards

Companies will have to set a much broader range of sustainability targets under draft new European Union reporting standards, environmental impact body CDP said on Tuesday (3 May).
Economy & Jobs 29-04-2022

Obstacles on the way to green capital markets

Recent studies suggest that much needs to be done in the EU if private capital markets are to play a role in financing the green transition.
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Economy & Jobs 30-03-2022

Financing the digital transition

The tragic war in Ukraine – and the many direct consequences it has on the whole European continent – naturally puts any other political priority into perspective. Nonetheless, the shockwave of the ongoing humanitarian, geopolitical and economic crisis reinforces rather...
Economy & Jobs 25-02-2022

Comply or disengage, businesses ask after proposal of due diligence law

While the new EU directive on corporate sustainability due diligence aims at making companies engage more actively in improving conditions, some argue that the risks of sanctions and civil liability might deter investment to the detriment of economic development.
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Economy & Jobs 31-01-2022

Lithuanian growth prospects unfazed by China row – for now

While the row with China has not yet influenced the short-term economic development of Lithuania, jittery investors might be a risk for medium and long-term growth prospects, Tadas Povilauskas, chief economist of Lithuania’s largest bank, told EURACTIV.
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Economy & Jobs 20-01-2022

The role of private equity in the Capital Markets Union and the Recovery – Invest Europe insights

When it comes to providing more diversified funding opportunities for companies and reduce their over-reliance on banks and public funds, it is clear that some operators and notably in the PE industry are outperforming in acting as the bridge between investors and businesses in need for finance.
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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.
Economy & Jobs 17-09-2021

Bruegel’s Darvas: ‘We need much higher carbon prices in Europe’

In a paper discussed by EU finance ministers on 11 September, Bruegel think tank made the case for protecting green investment as part of the upcoming Stability and Growth Pact review. Bruegel’s Zsolt Darvas, one of the report's authors, told EURACTIV that most of the investment needed to reduce CO2 emissions would come from private sources.
Climate change 06-09-2021

EU considers debt relief for countries hit by floods, wildfires

The emergency costs related to this summer’s floods and wildfires could be classified as “a one-off” expenditure and therefore excluded from the calculation of EU countries’ public deficits this year, the European Commission has said.
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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....
Economy & Jobs 30-06-2021

Lagarde makes a case for ‘green’ capital markets union 

The President of the European Central Bank, Christine Lagarde, on Wednesday (29 June) called for initiatives to create a capital markets union for sustainable finance.
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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

Commission to ease state aid straitjacket as recovery fund kicks in

The European Commission will present in the second half of this year a wide-ranging review of its state aid rules to facilitate public funding to strategic areas, as member states await the first transfers of the EU's recovery funds.
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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...
Economy & Jobs 14-05-2021

Fund unleashes resources to finance European recovery

The EU's recovery fund and private investors will push investment to a level not seen for more than a decade, but the risk of corporate insolvencies could hamper the European economy take-off.
Economy & Jobs 16-04-2021

EU pushes for convergence of insolvency rules to support recovery

The European Commission is preparing a series of proposals to drive the capital markets union to facilitate the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the most difficult battles will be reducing the differences between national insolvency frameworks.
Economy & Jobs 30-03-2021

Europe looks for investment to spur its ailing recovery

Difficulties never come alone in the EU. The German Constitutional court’s decision to halt the ratification of the EU’s recovery fund on 26 March is the latest challenge faced by the EU in the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic.

EU prepares to turn the screw on asset managers over greenwashing

For money managers and advisers keen to market their sustainable investing credentials to European clients, going green is about to get a lot tougher.

Parliament spells out red lines in EU battle over green finance

Senior lawmakers have expressed concerns about the EU’s proposed sustainable finance taxonomy rule book, raising the possibility that an unruly cross-party majority might emerge to reject the proposal in the European Parliament.

EU advisors and Poland’s PGE increase pressure over gas in green finance rules

The European Commission came under new pressure on Monday (22 February) from Poland's biggest power producer, PGE, and its own advisors, over whether to include gas power in EU rules on sustainable finance.

EU green finance advisors asked to clarify ‘transition’ to net-zero climate goal

The European Commission has asked advisors to rework the EU’s green finance taxonomy rules after member states rejected draft implementing guidelines, unhappy about the exclusion of gas as a “transition” activity towards net-zero emissions.

The EU’s green finance taxonomy: an Orwellian mechanism

The European Commission’s sustainable finance taxonomy bears all the hallmarks of failed governance: opacity, imprecision, and subjectivity with a punitive approach albeit not assumed, writes Daniel Guéguen. In short, it’s an Orwellian mechanism, he argues.

Finance: becoming green while in the red

Money talks, but it also needs to listen: listen to the demand for change for a financial system that takes account of non-financial issues, from climate change to social inclusion, writes Commissioner Mairead McGuinness.

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