Finance & Trade

  • EU Will Punish Avoidance of Banker Bonus Caps

    October 01, 2014

    As it begins enforcement of EU caps on bonuses to banking executives, the European Banking Authority has indicated that it will take a stricter stance than the U.K. and other EU member states on what constitutes fixed pay, thus clamping down on attempts by banks to "sidestep" the rule.

  • EU Rejects U.K. Calls for Independent Assessments of Proposals

    October 01, 2014

    EurActiv reports that the incoming European Commission has rejected a proposal, among others circulated by the British Government among EU officials, calling for an independent body to review the impact of Commission proposals on the competitiveness of European businesses and on consumers.

  • EU Seeks Strict Enforcement of Banker Bonus Caps

    September 17, 2014

    As the U.K. seeks to fight the EU's restrictions on bonuses paid to European bank executives, European Commission Vice-President Michel Barnier has expressed his desire to clamp down on banks that attempt to avoid the regulation by paying their executives an allowance in cash or shares.

  • EU Considers "Tax and Spend" Policies to Exit Crisis

    September 17, 2014

    The European Commission is considering a number of different spending measures that would seek to promote growth in the stagnant economic bloc, including a 300-billion-euro investment program proposed by the new Commissioner Jean-Claude Juncker.

  • EU Considers "Green" Proposals Banning Household Appliances

    September 03, 2014

    According to The Telegraph, following the Brussels directive banning high-powered vacuum cleaners, EU officials are considering proposals that would ban certain hairdryers, lawn mowers, and electric kettles on the basis of energy efficiency.

  • British Businesses Support Transfer of Power from Brussels

    September 03, 2014

    Reuters reports that a recent poll shows over half of U.K. businesses support the striking of a new deal between Britain and the EU that would return authority to the national capital.

  • EU Vacuum Directive Riles British Businesses

    August 27, 2014

    U.K. companies are criticizing a new EU directive banning the production and importation of vacuum cleaners that operate on over 1600 watts and requiring businesses to place an "energy rating" on vacuum packaging.

  • Study Finds EU Energy Policy Threatens U.K. Economy

    August 20, 2014

    A new study from the organization Business for Britain finds that EU energy legislation raises energy costs for U.K. companies and threatens a large number of jobs in the country's energy-intensive sectors.

  • U.K. Civil Servants Dispute Pro-EU Jobs Claim

    August 20, 2014

    A group of British civil servants and civil society representatives have disputed a claim by Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander that three million jobs are connected to U.K. membership in the EU.

  • EU Announces Additional Funding to France

    August 13, 2014

    The Express reports that the EU has announced additional funding from its budget, funded by member states, to France for training and education to revive the country's struggling economy.

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