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Money Market Funds: Measures to improve stability and liquidity [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Marcin Szczepański (3rd edition), Money Market Funds (MMFs) are a type of collective fund that invest in short-term debt and provide financing for financial institutions, corporations and governments. During the financial crisis their liquidity and stability were challenged, which prompted the Commission to propose a regulation on MMFs, in 2013. Its proposal aimed … Continue reading

Trade benefits outweigh costs, but victims need aid: EPRS-OECD conference

Written by Marcin Grajewski. Globalisation and free trade have supported world economic growth and higher living standards, but the process has coincided with rising inequality, a concentration of job losses at the middle skills level, and declines in manufacturing jobs in certain regions of the high-income economies. Although the benefits of free trade outweigh their … Continue reading

Fundamental rights implications of big data [Plenary Podcast]

Written by Shara Monteleone, The development of smart devices connected online and of big data practices, allowing unprecedented availability, sharing and automated use of data, brings both opportunities in terms of efficiency and improvement in our lives and risks for individuals’ fundamental rights. The European Parliament will vote on an own-initiative report on these issues … Continue reading

Sovereign debt restructuring: Main drivers and mechanism

Written by Risto Nieminen with Mattia Osvaldo Picarelli, This briefing provides an overview of the main issues relating to the restructuring of sovereign debt, and outlines the factors which impact the decision as to whether or not to proceed with debt restructuring. Restructuring is a complex issue – it involves positive and negative aspects, which … Continue reading

Barriers to SME growth in Europe

Written by Marcin Szczepański, Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which represent 99% of all businesses in the EU, play a pivotal role in its economy. Nevertheless, in comparison to larger firms, they often face significant obstacles – internal, administrative and financial – which affect them disproportionately. SMEs have been affected negatively by the economic crisis, … 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

India’s economy – Figures and perceptions

Written by Enrico D’Ambrogio, India has recently overtaken China as the world’s fastest growing economy. The country has benefited from falling oil prices and from an increase in foreign direct investment, due to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policies, with the most visible tools branded schemes such as ‘Make in India’. However, perceptions of real growth and … Continue reading

The G20 summit in Antalya: Seeking global growth through collective action

Written by Marcin Szczepański The Group of Twenty (G20) was established in 1999 after a series of crises in emerging economies, as a forum of finance ministers and central bank governors. It comprises ‘systemically important’ developed and emerging economies (including the European Union) and its purpose is to improve coordination of global economic policies. Since … Continue reading

‘EU can and must do more’ – April II plenary session

Written by Clare Ferguson and Tessa Tumbrägel MEPs will head to Strasbourg for Parliament’s next plenary session, from 27 to 30 April, with plenty of legislative work on environmental, financial and socio-cultural concerns on the agenda. Uppermost on the EU agenda this month is the issue of asylum and irregular migration, as the crisis in the … Continue reading

The Russian economy: Will Russia ever catch up?

Written by Martin Russell Over the past 25 years, Russia has undergone dramatic economic changes, with the difficult reforms and catastrophic economic collapse of the 1990s, the boom years of the new century, the global economic crisis and the current downturn. Despite all these developments, many of the structural economic challenges faced by Russia remain unchanged since Soviet … Continue reading

Implementation of the 2014 European Semester

6 language versions available in PDF formatDurchführung des Europäischen Semesters 2014 Ejecución del Semestre Europeo 2014 Mise en œuvre du semestre européen 2014 Attuazione del semestre europeo 2014 Wdrożenie europejskiego semestru w 2014 r. Implementation of the 2014 European Semester Written by Marcin Szczepanski Member States’ economic policies are coordinated at EU level through the … Continue reading

Bitcoin: Market, economics and regulation

Bitcoin is a digital currency which started circulating in 2009. It was the first form of virtual money to become relatively popular. Bitcoin is public in nature as it maintains a log of all transactions. These are verified by its users in a process called mining. The extent of computing power and energy needed to … Continue reading

Self-employment and social security: effects on innovation and economic growth

Self-employment and entrepreneurship represent an important force for innovation and economic growth. Self-employed people make up more than 15% of workers in the European Union. Although the majority work solely on their own account, almost a third of the self-employed create jobs for others. Whilst social security systems differ from one Member State to another, … Continue reading

The “Flexibility Instrument” of the EU budget

If multi-year financial planning includes strict expenditure limits, it can be difficult to deal with unforeseen events or new priorities. In case of need, the EU can resort to its Flexibility Instrument (FI), which has, up to now, been used mainly for external action and competitiveness policies. The maximum annual budget of the FI is … Continue reading

The EU Parliament and the Battle to Secure Our Common Future

By Eric Lowitt This guest blog post is a pre-cursor to the upcoming debate on The Collaboration Economy scheduled for 16 October 2013 at 18.00 to take place in the EU Parliament Library in Brussels. Worldwide we are engaged in a conflict that we must win. This conflict has three components: math, trust, and economic … Continue reading

Corporate tax avoidance by multinational firms

The scale of Member States’ (MS) losses through the increasingly aggres­sive use of tax-avoidance schemes by multi­national companies (MNCs) is difficult to estimate, but is considered serious. Press reports have highlighted the low tax paid by well-known, very successful companies. The tax reduction methods used by MNCs have been well known for decades. They include … Continue reading

EU macro-regional strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR)

Updated October 2014 The European Council endorsed the European Union Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) (on 24 October 2014) and called on all relevant actors to implement it without delay, as outlined in the Council conclusions of 29 September 2014. This strategy builds on the Maritime Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Seas … Continue reading

European Union’s macro-regional strategies

The European Commission has published its report on EU’s macro-regional strategies. It aims to ‘clarify the concept of macro-regional strategies and to evaluate their value added’.  The report and its accompanying document   were submitted to the Council and to the European Parliament in July 2013. Currently, the European Union is implementing two macro-regional strategies: the EU Strategy for … Continue reading

The EU Strategy for the Atlantic Area

The Action Plan for a Maritime Strategy in the Atlantic Area, published in May 2013 by the European Commission, sets out four priorities for research and investment in the eligible regions of  the five Member States (United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Portugal and Spain) participating to the Atlantic Area programme to drive the ‘blue economy’ forward in this … Continue reading

Blue growth

In September 2012, the European Commission (EC) adopted a Communication on blue growth which aims to develop the potential of the EU’s seas, oceans and coasts to create employment and promote innovation and sustainable growth. A wide variety of marine and maritime economic activities fall within the sphere of this initiative, with five specific sectors … Continue reading

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