Finance & Trade

  • UK Explores Continuation of EU Trade Deal Terms

    December 08, 2016

    Politico reports that the UK Government is investigating its ability to maintain the terms of EU trade deals with non-EU countries following its exit from the bloc.

  • EU "Mainstreams" Development Goals in Policy

    December 08, 2016

    A fact sheet from the European Commission describes how it will "mainstream" the UN's comprehensive Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the EU's social, environmental, and economic policies and develop a European Consensus on Development to advance the SDGs around the world.

  • EU Rule Would Stymie US Bank Operations

    December 07, 2016

    The Irish Times reports that American banks are warning that US law on separating investment banking from retail and commercial activities would make it impossible for them to comply with a late amendment to an EU banking regulation package requiring them to combine all operations under a single holding company.

  • ECB Official Seeks Deeper EU Financial Integration

    December 07, 2016

    In remarks to the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) Forum 2016, Peter Praet, a Member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank, called for safeguarding the EMU by expanding financial integration in the eurozone, centralizing cross-border bank supervision and risk sharing, and centralizing the development of fiscal rules throughout the bloc.

  • UK Announces Pre-Brexit Talks on Trade with Norway

    December 07, 2016

    British Ambassador to Norway Sarah Gillett has announced that the two countries will engage in a "trade policy dialogue" beginning in December 2016 to discuss their trade relations following the UK's exit from the EU.

  • EU Resolution Calls for Court Ruling on CETA

    December 05, 2016

    The Independent reports that the European Parliament will vote on a resolution proposing to require the Court of Justice of the EU to rule on the compatibility of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with existing EU treaties prior to the implementation of the agreement.

  • EU Commits Funding Toward "Sustainability" Agenda

    December 02, 2016

    In remarks on the adoption of an EU package implementing the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini praised EU institutions for committing funding to non-EU countries to fulfill the global "sustainability" agenda.

  • EU Proposes Centralized Business Restructuring System

    December 01, 2016

    As part of its Capital Markets Union Action Plan and Single Market Strategy, the European Commission has proposed a centralized EU framework, replacing "inefficient" and divergent rules in member states, under which businesses will restructure their operations prior to insolvency and the debt of failed entrepreneurs will be discharged after three years.

  • Auditors Seek More Centralized EU Bank Supervision

    December 01, 2016

    The European Court of Auditors has published a press release on the progress of the EU's Single Supervisory Mechanism, a supranational bank oversight system run by the European Central Bank (ECB), asserting that the ECB relies too much on cooperation with national bank supervisory authorities to effectively complete its mission.

  • EU Makes Broad Pledge to Global "Climate Finance"

    November 30, 2016

    The European Commission recently released a "fact sheet" indicating that it is on track to dedicate at least €14 billion, as part of its pledge to allocate 20 percent of its budget to climate actions, between 2014 and 2020 to finance development initiatives in poor countries to combat or adapt to the impacts of global warming.

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