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Economic and Financial Affairs Council

Main results Infographic - Recovery fund: the EU delivers See full infographic Ministers focused on the economic recovery. They adopted the first set of Council implementing decisions on the approval of 12 national recovery and resilience plans. Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain can now sign grant and loan agreements and start receiving funds from the EU's Recovery and Resilience Facility. Ministers also exchanged views on the further implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Facility. The Facility will make...

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Taxation: Historic global agreement to ensure fairer taxation of multinational enterprises

The European Commission welcomes the historic global agreement endorsed by G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors on July 10, which will bring fairness and stability to the international corporate tax framework. This unprecedented consensus will usher in a complete reform of the international corporate tax system. This will include a reallocation of taxing rights that will mean the world's largest companies will have to pay tax wherever they conduct business. At the same time, a global minimum effective...

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Summer 2021 Economic Forecast: Reopening fuels recovery

The European economy is forecast to rebound faster than previously expected, as activity in the first quarter of the year exceeded expectations and the improved health situation prompted a swifter easing of pandemic control restrictions in the second quarter. Faster economic growth as economies reopen and sentiment indicators brighten According to the Summer 2021 interim Economic Forecast, the economy in the EU and the euro area is set to expand by 4.8% this year and 4.5% in 2022. Compared to the...

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IMF | What COVID-19 Can Teach Us About Mitigating Climate Change

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the world, climate change—a crisis that can cause even greater destruction—looms. All crises teach us lessons, but the pandemic has gone further: it has reminded us about the power of nature. A recent Ipsos poll conducted globally for the IMF found that 43 percent of people surveyed reported being more worried about climate change now than they were before the pandemic, with only 7 percent saying they are less worried. The heightened public...

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FSB roadmap for addressing climate-related financial risks

There is a need to coordinate the large and growing number of international initiatives underway on addressing financial risks from climate change. There is a growing focus on potential risks to financial stability from climate change. A large, and growing, number of international initiatives are underway on addressing financial risks from climate change. Ongoing work by official sector bodies, including the FSB, NGFS, BCBS, IAIS, IOSCO, OECD, IMF and World Bank, and a variety of private sector bodies on climate...

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John Bruton | Are we heading for a car crash outcome on the NI Protocol?

Previously published in the "Irish Times" | The UK’s EU negotiator and its Secretary of State for Northern Ireland published a remarkable article in the “Irish Times “ last week. They complained of what they called the “inflexible requirement to treat movement of goods( from Britain) into Northern Ireland, as if they were crossing an EU external frontier, with the full panoply of checks and controls”. It appears that they never read the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol which is part of the Agreement under...

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Antitrust: EU Commission fines car manufacturers €875 million for restricting competition in emission cleaning for new diesel passenger cars

The European Commission has found that Daimler, BMW and Volkswagen group (Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche) breached EU antitrust rules by colluding on technical development in the area of nitrogen oxide cleaning. The Commission has imposed a fine of € 875 189 000. Daimler was not fined, as it revealed the existence of the cartel to the Commission. All parties acknowledged their involvement in the cartel and agreed to settle the case. Executive Vice-President of the Commission Margrethe Vestager, in charge of...

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FSB | Progress report to the G20 on LIBOR transition issues: Recent developments, supervisory issues and next steps

The publication of the majority of LIBOR settings will cease in less than half a year With the end of 2021 getting ever nearer, the transition away from LIBOR is a significant priority for the FSB. Continued engagement from the private sector, in conjunction with a significant commitment by the official sector, remains critical in order to support this transformational effort and to support financial stability on a sustainable basis. The majority of LIBOR panels will cease at the end of...

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IMF | Urgent Action Needed to Address a Worsening ‘Two-Track’ Recovery

When G-20 finance ministers and central bank governors gather in Venice this week, they can take inspiration from the city’s unbreakable spirit. As the world’s first international financial center, Venice has faced the vagaries of economic fortunes over centuries, while being directly affected by climate change. This extraordinary resilience is needed more than ever as policymakers continue to face extraordinary challenges. The good news is that the global recovery is progressing broadly in line with the IMF’s April projections of 6...

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EU Commission puts forward new strategy to make the EU’s financial system more sustainable and proposes new European Green Bond Standard

The European Commission has today adopted a number of measures to increase its level of ambition on sustainable finance. First, the new Sustainable Finance Strategy sets out several initiatives to tackle climate change, and other environmental challenges, while increasing investment – and the inclusiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – in the EU's transition towards a sustainable economy. The European Green Bond Standard proposal, also adopted today, will create a high-quality voluntary standard for bonds financing sustainable investment. Finally, the Commission adopted...

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