Financing the Future

Economy & Jobs 02-07-2022

High inflation could increase equity financing

Since interest rates increase as a reaction to high inflation figures, corporations might be incentivised to turn towards equity instead of debt to finance their investments. Overall, however, investments could stagnate due to the uncertain economic outlook.
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.
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.
A container ship is leaving the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Climate change 16-11-2020

EU countries urged to support ‘green recovery’ across the globe

European countries should use their influence as shareholders to encourage green investments in countries across the world, said Climate Envoy for the Netherlands, Marcel Beukeboom, as the High Ambition Coalition launched its Statement on a Resilient Recovery.
Circular economy 30-10-2020

Commission readies implementation of sustainable finance

The European Commission will detail in the coming weeks what could be considered a ‘green’ activity, a technical definition that would help to unlock the massive investment needed to achieve the EU's climate objectives.

Europe urged to align budget with green finance rules

The EU’s sustainable finance taxonomy should be systematically applied to track green investments in the bloc’s next long-term budget and coronavirus recovery fund, which together amount to €1.8 trillion over the next seven years, according to a new report launched on Wednesday (28 October).
Economy & Jobs 02-10-2020

McGuinness wants ‘full investigation’ into Wirecard scandal

The Commissioner-designate for financial services, Ireland's Mairead McGuinness, promised on Friday (2 October) a “full investigation” into the Wirecard fraud that has thoroughly shaken up Germany, to see why supervision failed.

Sustainable finance: ‘Germany needs to show leadership’

The EU economic recovery plan presented by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on 27 May will also be based on the so-called taxonomy which gives priority to sectors in the field of low-carbon transition. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 18-05-2020

New capital markets union strategy to take central role in EU recovery

The European Commission will outline in the autumn a new package of initiatives to deepen the capital markets union, seen as a key tool to relaunch the EU economy in the aftermath of COVID-19, according to an internal document seen by EURACTIV.com.

EU reaches milestone by agreeing on green criteria for finance

MEPs and the Finnish presidency of the EU Council agreed Thursday (5 December) on a taxonomy to determine what economic activities can be considered ‘green’, paving the way for billions of euros to be channelled into investments to fight climate change.

Paris, Berlin divided over nuclear’s recognition as green energy

Disagreement on the inclusion of nuclear power in the EU’s upcoming green finance taxonomy has revived long-standing divisions between France and Germany over the energy transition. EURACTIV France reports.

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