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economic and monetary union (EMU)

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Outlook for the European Council and Euro Summit, 13-14 December 2018

On 13 and 14 December, EU Heads of State or Government will hold their last meeting of 2018. Their discussions will mainly focus on the 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), the single market and migration. Continue reading

Sovereign bond-backed securities: Risk diversification and reduction [EU Legislation in Progress]

As a part of the European regulatory responses to the financial and sovereign debt crises, the European Commission has proposed a regulation on sovereign bond-backed securities (SBBS), a new class of low-risk securities backed by a diversified pool of national government bonds. Continue reading

Plenary round-up – Strasbourg, June 2018

The June plenary session highlights were the continuation of the debate on the future of Europe with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, and the preparation of the European Council meeting of 28 and 29 June 2018. Continue reading

Future of Europe debates: Parliament hosts Heads of State or Government

Against the background of the many challenges which the European Union has faced in recent years, the European Parliament has taken the lead in launching and hosting a series of high-profile debates on the Future of Europe, intended to run for the whole of 2018. Continue reading

The Future of Europe: Contours of the current debate

In the aftermath of the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union (EU), following the referendum of June 2016, the EU launched a profound reflection on the Future of Europe, which continues in various fora and institutions. Continue reading

The Juncker Commission’s ten priorities: State of play in early 2018

The Juncker Commission has now been in office for more than three years. With only one full calendar year to go until the end of its mandate, many consider that 2018 will be judged as ‘the year of delivery’. Continue reading

The European Commission at mid-term: State of play of President Juncker’s ten priorities

Written by Etienne Bassot and Wolfgang Hiller, At a time when, more than ever, citizens expect the European Union institutions to address their concerns and deliver on promises and commitments made, this analysis provides an overview of the work carried out by the European Commission at the mid-term of its current mandate, notably in the … Continue reading

EU social policies [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, On 26 April, the European Commission presented a European Pillar of Social Rights, which is a package of legislative proposals and recommendations aimed at enhancing work-life balance, fostering equal opportunities and better access to the labour market, as well as improving working conditions. Under the proposal, for example, new fathers would … Continue reading

The Juncker Commission’s ten priorities: State of play at the start of 2017

Written by Étienne Bassot and Wolfgang Hiller, More than two years since Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker took office on 1 November 2014, having presented the ten priority areas that would serve as his Commission’s guiding lines for the following five years, the European Commission is now approaching the midway point of its mandate. Building on the … Continue reading

Capital Markets Union [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, Since the 2008 financial crunch and the ensuing recession, the European Union has been overhauling its regulation of financial markets to try to avoid any repetition of the crisis and to shore up economic growth. The current European Commission has prioritised the creation of Capital Markets Union, which would encourage companies … Continue reading

A fiscal capacity for the euro area? Options for reforms to counter asymmetric shocks

The idea to create a ‘fiscal capacity’ for the euro area was launched in the wake of the sovereign debt crisis, with the recognition that weaknesses in the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) had worsened the crisis. Although the debate has lost some momentum as euro-area countries have stepped back from the acute phase of the crisis, the EU institutions continue to work on designing a framework to bolster EMU, looking in particular at automatic stabilisers. The European Parliament’s Committees on Budgets and Economic and Monetary Affairs are currently preparing a report on a budgetary capacity for the euro area. Continue reading

Monetary easing by the ECB [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, The European Central Bank has been easing its monetary policy to counter deflationary forces in the euro-zone economy and to reinforce its fragile growth. On 10 March, the ECB announced another stimulus package, cutting interest rates, expanding its asset purchase programme in size and scope, and introducing measures to make it … Continue reading

Differentiated integration in the European Union

Written by Aidan Christie and Giulio Sabbati, As the number of European Union Member States has increased and the competences of the Union have widened, some Member States have on occasion been exempted from joining their partners in new fields of integration. Whilst the single market and its ‘four freedoms’ remain at the heart of … Continue reading

Completing Economic and Monetary Union [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski Member states using the euro and the EU institutions are engaged in reforms of the euro area’s system of governance to improve its economic performance and avoid any repeat of the sovereign debt crisis and severe recession that followed the 2008-09 global financial crisis. Reforms have so far included the creation … Continue reading

The ECB’s Quantitative Easing: Early results and possible risks

Written by Angelos Delivorias, In early 2015, at a time when most indicators of actual and expected inflation in the euro area had drifted towards historic lows, the European Central Bank (ECB) announced that it would launch a new asset purchase programme, which would be similar in many respects to the ‘Quantitative Easing’ (QE) programmes … Continue reading

Banking Union [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski On 11 November, the European Commission will hold an orientation debate on next steps to complete the EU’s Banking Union — the European Union’s single rulebook on the functioning of banks, their supervision, restructuring and liquidation, and the protection of their customers and stakeholders. The Banking Union was created in response … Continue reading

Outcome of the European Council of 15 October 2015

Written by Ralf Drachenberg, Stanislas de Finance The one-day European Council meeting held on 15 October 2015 again focused on the issue of migration, as indicated in the EPRS Pre-European Council Briefing. While assessing the state of implementation of the migration ‘orientations’ agreed upon by the informal European Council on 23 September 2015, EU Heads … Continue reading

Outlook for the 15-16 October 2015 European Council

Written by Ralf Drachenberg and Stanislas de Finance The 15/16 October 2015 European Council is expected to focus on migration, following up on progress made since the 25/26 June 2015 European Council and on the results of the Eastern Mediterranean – Western Balkans route conference. It will also examine the European Commission’s Draft Action Plan … Continue reading

The ECB and the financial crisis: Rigid theory vs a pragmatic approach

Written by Cemal Karakas The European Central Bank’s (ECB) main objective is stable inflation in the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). During the financial crisis, the ECB decided to face the economic slump by, amongst other actions, increasing and then decreasing interest rates and the money supply. In addition, it launched a quantitative easing (QE) … Continue reading

European economic governance [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski The 2008-09 financial crisis and the ensuing recession have prompted the euro area and the European Union to start overhauling their economic governance system. They established three authorities to better supervise the financial markets, improved mechanisms to oversee and coordinate fiscal policies, created procedures to correct economic imbalances, and launched a … Continue reading

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