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Sustainable finance – EU taxonomy: A framework to facilitate sustainable investment [EU Legislation in Progress]

In March 2018, under its capital markets union project and as part of a broader initiative on sustainable development, the European Commission presented an action plan on sustainable finance, in order to facilitate investments in sustainable projects and assets across the EU. Continue reading

The InvestEU programme: Continuing EFSI in the next MFF [EU Legislation in Progress]

Since its launch in November 2014, the Investment Plan for Europe (IPE) has had considerable success in mobilising private investment across Europe. Despite its success, investment levels in Europe remain below pre-crisis levels. Continue reading

Establishing a basis for European crowdfunding service providers [EU Legislation in Progress][Policy podcast]

Crowdfunding, an open call to the wider public for raising money online, can help ensure that both individuals and companies get access to finance, especially in the seed and early growth stages of their projects or business. Continue reading

Investment rules in trade agreements: Developments and issues in light of the TTIP debate

Written by Laura Puccio EU FDI stocks in the US amount to €1 651.6 billion and US FDI stocks in the EU to €1 685.5 billion. Investment access and protection are therefore critical to EU-US economic relations. However, the need for an investment chapter in the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and an … Continue reading

The Sixth Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion

Written by Sorina Silvia Ionescu EU Cohesion Policy investments from 2014-2020 will make more than €38 billion available to support the shift to a more environmentally-friendly economy, through investments for energy efficiency and renewable energy, while up to €33 billion will support Europe’s SMEs to become more competitive. The Report analyses the state of cohesion of the … Continue reading

The €315 billion Investment Plan for Europe

Written by Angelos Delivorias The economic and financial crisis led to a 14% reduction in investment in the EU from the pre-crisis peak of 2007 (€2 606 billion in 2013, compared to €3 039 billion in 2007, in 2013 prices), despite a pressing need for more investment. The European Commission believes that this is due to uncertainty … Continue reading

Legislative package on shadow banking

In its 2012 own initiative report the European Parliament endorsed the following definition of shadow banking: “a system of intermediaries, instruments, entities or financial contracts generating a combination of bank-like functions but outside the regulatory perimeter or under a regulatory regime which is either light or addresses issues other than systemic risks, and without guaranteed … Continue reading

Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS): State of play and prospects for reform

Investor-State Dispute Settle­ment mechanisms are found in more than 3 000 international investment treaties, but have been increasingly criticised in recent years. Their advocates defend them as a depoliticised neutral system to resolve disputes between foreign investors and host states. The progress made on comprehensive free trade agree­ments (FTAs) between the EU and Canada and the … Continue reading

Transparent information for retail investors

Small investors often have difficulties under­standing and comparing different invest­ment products. As a result, they can often end up with products that do not meet their needs, and may even lose their investment. In order to ensure that retail investors receive understandable and comparable information, the European Commis­sion (EC) has proposed the introduction of a … Continue reading

EU-China bilateral investment agreement

6 language versions available in PDF format Bilaterales Investitionsabkommen zwischen der EU und China Acuerdo bilateral de inversiones UE-China Accord bilatéral d’investissement UE-Chine Accordo bilaterale UE-Cina in materia di investimenti Dwustronna umowa inwestycyjna między Chinami a UE EU-China bilateral investment agreement In February 2012, the European Union and China agreed to start talks on a … Continue reading

The “Addax affair”: Gabon challenges China in oil dispute

In June 2013, the Gabonese government informed Addax Petroleum, a subsidiary of the Chinese international oil giant Sinopec that it planned to withdraw the drilling licence for its Tsiengui onshore oilfield after the current contract expires in 2015. The reasons cited relate to contract violations; moreover Gabon is accusing Addax of failing to pay customs duties and not respecting … Continue reading

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