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Joint EU-US Press Release on the Global Methane Pledge

The European Union and the United States announced today the Global Methane Pledge, an initiative to reduce global methane emissions to be launched at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in November in Glasgow. President Biden and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen urged countries at the US-led Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) to join the Pledge and welcomed those that have already signaled their support. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas and, according to the latest...
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ECB | TLTRO III and bank lending conditions

1 Introduction Targeted longer-term refinancing operations (TLTROs) play a key role in preserving favourable bank financing conditions for households and firms, thereby contributing to inflation reaching the ECB’s target of 2% in the medium term. The operations are part of a broad set of complementary policy instruments, which include asset purchases, negative interest rates and forward guidance. Since their inception in 2014, TLTROs have supported the transmission of monetary policy by incentivising lending through their targeting feature and by providing a reduction...
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World Bank & IMF | Statement on Release of Investigation into Data Irregularities in Doing Business 2018 and 2020

Report to the Board of Executive Directors WASHINGTON, September 16, 2021—The World Bank Group today released the following statement on behalf of the Bank’s Board of Executive Directors: “The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today authorized the release of “Investigation of Data Irregularities in Doing Business 2018 and Doing Business 2020 – Investigation Findings and Report to the Board of Executive Directors,” an independent external review of the facts and circumstances around previously reported data irregularities in the 2018 and 2020 Doing...
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IMF | Financial Stability Priority: Boosting the Resilience of Investment Funds

By Kristalina Georgieva, IMF Managing Director | Launch event for “Investment Funds and Financial Stability” paper | Good morning. I am very pleased that we are joined today by some of the world’s leading voices on financial stability and investment funds. I am also very proud of our latest contribution to this policy discussion from the IMF’s Monetary and Capital Markets Department. To illustrate the importance of our new report, we need to go back to the height of the crisis in...
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European Health Emergency preparedness and Response Authority (HERA): Getting ready for future health emergencies

Today, the European Commission is launching the European Health Emergency preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to health emergencies. HERA will anticipate threats and potential health crises, through intelligence gathering and building the necessary response capacities. When an emergency hits, HERA will ensure the development, production and distribution of medicines, vaccines and other medical countermeasures – such as gloves and masks – that were often lacking during the first phase of the coronavirus response. HERA is...
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OECD | Europe: continue to support recovery and improve future resilience with reforms to economic architecture

Europe’s economy is growing again after COVID-19 caused its worst-ever recession, helped by swift and powerful policy action by European governments and institutions to cushion the shock. Returning to pre-pandemic levels will not be enough. The crisis has raised new challenges and compounded some existing weaknesses, such as regional inequalities. Implementing reforms to boost growth potential, with macroeconomic policies supportive until the recovery is firmly established and while continuing to strengthen Europe’s economic architecture, will be key for a stronger...
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State of the Union: Path to the Digital Decade – Questions and Answers

What is the Path to the Digital Decade? The Path to the Digital Decade is the Commission's proposal to support the digital transformation in Europe by 2030. This initiative will embrace the accelerating trends and growing needs of digitalisation, which were also underlined by the pandemic. The Path is based on addressing the gaps in Europe's digital capacities, while directing common actions and large-scale investments to reap the benefits brought by digitalisation. It is based on a Compass with four cardinal...
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COVID-19: EU Council removes 5 countries and one entity/territorial authority from the list of countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted

Following a review under the recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU, the Council updated the list of countries, special administrative regions and other entities and territorial authorities for which travel restrictions should be lifted. In particular, Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro, the Republic of North Macedonia and the United States of America were removed from the list. Non-essential travel to the EU from countries or entities not listed in Annex I is...

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