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Sustainable finance and benchmarks: Low-carbon benchmarks and positive-carbon-impact benchmarks [EU Legislation in Progress]

In May 2018, the European Commission presented a package of measures on the financing of sustainable growth. The package includes three proposals aimed at establishing an EU taxonomy on sustainable economic activities, improving disclosure requirements and creating a new category of benchmarks to help investors measure the carbon footprint of their investments. Continue reading

Plenary round-up – Strasbourg, April II 2019

Highlights of the April II plenary session (the last of the current legislature) included debates on the conclusions of the April 2019 European Council meeting on the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union, and the final debate in the series on the future of Europe with the Prime Minister of Latvia, Kisjanis Karins. Important debates also took place on the rule of law in Romania; failure to adopt an EU digital services tax; protecting the European elections against international cybersecurity threats; and on the possible extradition of Julian Assange. Continue reading

European Parliament Plenary Session – April II 2019

Unsurprisingly, the agenda for this final plenary session of Parliament’s 2014-2019 term will deal with a range of issues that are emblematic of the major themes that have marked this eighth legislature. Continue reading

Small investors [What Europe does for you]

Individual investors who buy securities for themselves (and not on behalf of a fund or a bank) have access to a growing range of investment products, funds and investment-linked insurance policies, also known as ‘packaged retail and insurance-based investment products’ (or PRIIPs), offered by banks and insurance companies. 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

New technologies in EU cohesion policy after 2020

A study and a briefing published by the European Parliament’s (EP) Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Panel, based on a proposal submitted by the EP Committee on Regional Development (REGI), provide policy options offering new directions in cohesion policy for the post-2020 period. Continue reading

Plenary round-up – Brussels, November II 2017

The adoption of the 2018 budget was one of the main points of the November II plenary session. It also included debates on the State of Energy Union 2017 and the situation in Yemen, with a resolution adopted on the latter. Continue reading

Plenary round-up – Strasbourg, October II 2017

The highlights of the October II plenary session included a debate on the conclusions of the last European Council meeting and the presentation of a new agenda for EU leaders, as well as the presentation of the 2018 Commission work programme. Continue reading

EU public private partnerships in research

Written by Vincent Reillon, Around 70 EU public-private partnerships (PPPs) in research help define common priorities and visions for EU, national and regional research and innovation activities. Six different types of PPPs now exist. They were first set up in the context of the development of European Research Area policy in 2003 with two main … Continue reading

Crowdfunding in Europe: Introduction and state of play

Written by Angelos Delivorias, Crowdfunding is a relatively ‘young’ form of financing – especially for SMEs and start-ups, but also for not-for-profit projects – that is developing fast in Europe. While researchers point out its benefits, among them the fact that project owners have greater control, and financial risk is spread among a larger number … Continue reading

Understanding Securitisation: Background − benefits − risks

Written by Angelos Delivorias Securitisation is a financing technique by which homogeneous income-generating assets − which on their own may be difficult to trade − are pooled and sold to a specially created third party, which uses them as collateral to issue securities and sell them in financial markets. This presents advantages to issuers (e.g. … 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

Juncker’s investment plan [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski The European Union is moving closer to creating a new investment fund, a flagship idea of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker aimed at bolstering economic growth and creating jobs.  On 10 March, EU finance ministers gave an initial go-ahead for the planned financial facility, called the European Fund for Strategic Investment … Continue reading

The economic potential of the ten-point Juncker Plan for growth without debt

This paper offers a series of provisional estimations of the potential gains to the European Union economy over time from pursuing the ten-point plan presented by Jean-Claude Juncker to the European Parliament before he was elected President of the European Commission in July 2014. These guidelines also correspond to a significant degree to policy priorities established by the Members … 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

Social impact bonds : Private finance that generates social returns

Social impact bonds are a results-based form of social impact investment. Private investors provide capital to launch or expand innovative social services that provide a public good. If the expected social benefits are achieved at the end of a given period, investors receive back their capital plus a rate of return (negotiated with public authorities and varying with the … Continue reading

Crowdfunding in the European Union

Through several parliamentary questions and its own initiative report on Reindustrialising Europe, the European Parliament has repeatedly urged the European Commission to take action in relation to the growing use of crowdfunding in the EU. The European Commission, after consultation with stakeholders, published the 27 of March 2014 the Communication on unleashing the potential of … 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

Selected indicators on the economic impact of the crisis

From average annual growth of 2.9 percentage points (pp) during the 2005-08 period, the recession brought average EU28 annual GDP growth down to 0.1pp in the years 2009-12. The drop was also significant for other global players, with growth slowing down in all major economies. The debt to GDP ratio increased in all European Union Member States, leading to the revision of the Excessive Deficit Procedure. … 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

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