Finance & Trade

  • EC Report Sets Roadmap for EU Cohesion Policy

    April 12, 2017

    The European Commission (EC) has released a report identifying the EU’s “low-income and low-growth regions” and laying out region-specific plans to spur growth and opportunities using EU Cohesion Policy funds pooled together by member states.

  • Think Tank Calls for Northern Ireland to Join EEA

    April 12, 2017

    The European Policy Centre has recommended that Northern Ireland join the European Economic Area (EEA) after the UK leaves the EU, which would give the country access to the EU single market while keeping them out of the customs union as part of the UK.

  • EU Brexit Guidelines Open Door for Trade Deal

    April 05, 2017

    The think tank Open Europe has published an analysis of draft Brexit negotiation guidelines from EU Council President Donald Tusk indicating that, while "the door is wide open" for negotiations on departure terms to run alongside talks on a future free trade deal, the UK may balk at demands such as those giving the Court of Justice of the EU a role in dispute settlement.

  • Newman: EU Members Can Achieve Trade Deal with UK

    April 05, 2017

    Henry Newman of the British think tank Open Europe outlines a number of major considerations and potential pitfalls in the upcoming negotiations between the UK and the EU and predicts that Britain stands a better chance at achieving a post-Brexit trade deal with the EU if it can coax other EU member states into taking on a muscular role in negotiations.

  • EU Pushes for Financial Services Integration

    April 05, 2017

    The European Commission has released a Consumer Financial Services Action Plan that will seek to further centralize EU financial services regulation to "prise open national barriers" preventin cross-border access to financial services across the bloc.

  • UK, Gulf States Eye Post-Brexit Trade Deal

    March 31, 2017

    Reuters reports that officials in a number of Gulf Arab states, including those in the Gulf Cooperation Council, are preparing proposals for free trade deals with Britain to be agreed immediately after the country leaves the EU.

  • French Regulator: EU Must Maintain Ties to UK Finance

    March 30, 2017

    At a recent conference, Gerard Rameix, the chairman of a French financial regulatory agency, called for the EU to assess the prospect of establishing a special financial "equivalence" regime for the UK market to maintain close ties after Brexit and asserted that the EU should maintain supervision over the clearing of euro-denominated transactions in London.

  • ESAs Welcome Push Toward EU Financial Union

    March 30, 2017

    A press release from the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs), which help oversee the harmonization of European financial regulations, welcomes the European Commission's planned review of their frameworks in an effort, in part, to strengthen their authority to contribute to the establishment of a full-fledged EU Capital Markets Union.

  • Dutch Report Calls for Special UK-EU Trade Deal upon Brexit

    March 30, 2017

    Reuters reports that an analysis commissioned by the Dutch Parliament calls on negotiators of the post-Brexit EU-UK relationship to maintain strong economic ties between the EU and Britain in the form of a special free trade deal that would take effect upon the UK leaving the bloc.

  • Hungary Warns EU to Maintain Trade with UK

    March 21, 2017

    In a recent interview, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto cautioned the EU against "alienating" the UK through an unfavorable post-Brexit trade deal, arguing that a low-tariff agreement keeping the UK in the European orbit would be much preferred to a situation where the UK finds better deals elsewhere.

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