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  • 20 November 2017

    The EU Ministers of Finance met on November 6th, 2017 to discuss the further development of the Banking Union. The next day, the finance ministers discussed improved VAT rules to promote e-commerce and online businesses. On November 13th, the Commission launched a public consultation on how asset managers and institutional investors can implement environmental, social and governance aspects, among other things, in their decision-making.

  • 15 November 2017

    Today, the Energy Efficient Mortgages Action Plan (EeMAP) Initiative takes another concrete step forward with the second in a series of national Roundtable events, this time focussing on Belgium. The event, organised in Brussels in cooperation with the Flemish Construction Confederation (VCB), brings together experts from the Belgian and European banking, construction, valuation and engineering sectors with a strong interest in building energy efficiency and its financing.

  • 10 November 2017

    On October 24th, the European Commission adopted its Work Programme which sets out its key initiatives for 2018. The programme contains 66 priority pending proposals requiring swift adoption by the Parliament and Council, as well as 26 new proposals setting out initiatives to complete the work on Juncker’s 10 priorities and more long-term initiatives with a view to shaping the EU’s future for 2025 and beyond.

  • 27 October 2017

    During its latest meeting on October 19 and 20th, the European Council focussed on the ongoing efforts regarding migration, digitalisation, external relations and the Brexit negotiations. The Council also established its work programme for the months and years to come through the Leaders' Agenda. 

  • 13 October 2017

    During the latest meeting of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN), the Council adopted proposals on climate change. Proposals on VAT reform, digital economy taxation, dispute resolution in double taxation and bank capital requirements are also being considered. Furthermore, the European Commission called for the completion of the European Banking Union by 2018 in a communication on 11 October 2017.

  • 10 October 2017

    As from 3 January 2018, banks and investment firms that carry out transactions in financial instruments must make a detailed report of these transactions to the relevant authority, at the latest by the end of the following working day. One of the elements that must be reported is the identity of the ultimate client that ordered the transaction.

  • 6 October 2017

    On 29 September 2017, the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in cooperation with the President of the European Council and the European Commission, organized the first ever Digital Summit of the European Union in Tallinn. On the same day, the Single Resolution Board (SRB) held its second conference in Brussels under the theme “Building resolvability together”.

  • 29 September 2017

    The European Commission is proposing reforms to the mandates of the European supervisory authorities to pave the way for stronger and more integrated European financial supervision. The Commission also outlined the challenges of digital taxation and possible solutions to support growth and ensure fair and effective taxation.

  • 22 September 2017

    To unlock the full potential of the EU data economy, the European Commission has proposed a new digital package, including a new set of rules to govern the free flow of non-personal data in the EU. A wide-ranging set of measures to build strong cybersecurity in the EU is also on the table in order to equip Europe with the right tools to deal with cyber-attacks.

  • 15 September 2017

    On 13 September 2017, the President Jean-Claude Juncker of the European Commission delivered his annual policy speech on the State of the European Union at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. In his speech Juncker takes stock of Europe's current political and economic landscape. He urges the European Union to stay on the same course as in the previous year and calls for a more united, stronger and more democratic Union.

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