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A new dawn for Europe: Joint op-ed by President von der Leyen, President Michel and President Sassoli

Saturday, February 1st, 2020

As the night draws in this evening, the sun will set on more than 45 years of the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union. For us, as Presidents of the three main EU institutions, today will inevitably be a day of reflection and mixed emotions – as it will for so many people. Our […]

How ECB Purchases of Corporate Bonds Helped Reduce Firms’ Borrowing Costs

Wednesday, January 29th, 2020

In June 2016, the ECB launched its corporate sector purchase programme, through which it purchased corporate bonds in an effort to improve the financing conditions of euro area firms. In this article, I argue that the programme was successful. In particular, by increasing prices and reducing yields in the targeted bond market segment, the programme […]

ECB Launches Review of its Monetary Policy Strategy

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

The Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) today launched a review of its monetary policy strategy. The monetary policy strategy was adopted in 1998 and some of its elements were clarified in 2003. Since 2003 the euro area and the world economy have been undergoing profound structural changes. Declining trend growth, on the […]

EU Presidents to Discuss the EU’s future at the Jean Monnet House

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

The Presidents of the three main EU institutions will meet on Thursday in Bazoches to debate the future of the EU as well as current geopolitical challenges. European Parliament President David Sassoli, European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will meet in Bazoches-sur-Guyonne (France) at the Jean Monnet House, […]

Impact of the UK’s Withdrawal from the EU – EUTMs and RCDs: Updated Information

Monday, January 27th, 2020

Ahead of 1 February 2020, the day on which the UK will leave the EU in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement  concluded between the EU and the UK (read the latest news here), the EUIPO has updated the Brexit section on its website. The Withdrawal Agreement stipulates that during a transition period that will last until 31 December 2020, […]

Brexit: the Withdrawal Agreement Passes the First European Parliament Test

Friday, January 24th, 2020

The Constitutional Affairs Committee agreed on Thursday to recommend that the EP plenary should approve the UK withdrawal terms. After parliamentary ratification in the UK was concluded earlier today, with Royal Assent granted for the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, Constitutional Affairs Committee MEPs voted in favour of a positive recommendation regarding the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement, with […]

Christine Lagarde, Luis de Guindos: Introductory Statement to the Press Conference

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

Christine Lagarde, President of the ECB, Luis de Guindos, Vice-President of the ECB, Frankfurt am Main, 23 January 2020 Ladies and gentlemen, the Vice-President and I are very pleased to welcome you to our press conference. We will now report on the outcome of today’s meeting of the Governing Council. Based on our regular economic […]

Shaping the Conference on the Future of Europe

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

Today, the European Commission set out its ideas for shaping the Conference on the Future of Europe, which should be launched on Europe Day, 9 May 2020 and run for two years. The Communication adopted is the Commission’s contribution to the already lively debate around the Conference on the Future of Europe – a project announced by […]

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and U.S. President Donald J. Trump Meet in Davos

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

Today in Davos, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, met with U.S. President Donald Trump. This friendly exchange of views between allies at the World Economic Forum was a first opportunity to meet in person and to compare notes and positions on a number of topical issues, notably on trade, technology […]

Main Results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council, 21 January 2020

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

Digital taxation Finance ministers had an exchange of views on tax challenges arising from digitalisation. They took stock of the progress achieved in the context of the OECD, both on the reallocation of profits of digitalized businesses (“Pillar 1”) and on the general reform of international corporate taxation (“Pillar 2). The OECD has been working […]