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Press statement by President von der Leyen on the composition of the College

Good morning, Yesterday I interviewed the candidates put forward by the Irish government for the post of Commissioner, Ms Mairead McGuinness and Mr Andrew McDowell. Both candidates showed great commitment to the European Union and to the job of Commissioner – excellent candidates. They also both clearly have significant experience of EU matters, of course from different perspectives. Following these interviews, I have decided to propose to the Council and the European Parliament the appointment of Ms McGuinness to the post of...
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Cyber diplomacy and shifting geopolitical landscapes

Speech by HR/VP Josep Borrell | EU Cyber Forum, Brussels. HR/VP Josep Borrell underlines that cyber issues are geo-political in nature and have a strong security dimension. The EU wants everyone to reap the benefits that the Internet and the use of technologies provide. At the same time we need effective answers to fast-changing cyber threats. Achieving both objectives lies at the heart of the EU’s approach to cybersecurity. Ladies and Gentleman, It is an honour to open the second edition of...
Chapter News, Trade & TTIP Related

IMF | Trade as a Tool for an Efficient Recovery

As economies now look for paths to recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, new evidence reaffirms that policies for more open and trade-integrated economies could significantly benefit domestic competition and ultimately may help lower costs for consumers in emerging and developing economies. A recent Working Paper, building on the Regional Economic Outlook chapter on competition, competitiveness and growth in Sub-Saharan Africa, examines the effect of trade liberalization using a large firm-level dataset covering about 400,000 firms in 83 emerging and developing economies from 2000...
Chapter News, Financing for Development/UN SDG's

Managing Climate Risk in the U.S. Financial System

Report of the Climate-Related Market Risk Subcommittee, Market Risk Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Below includes the executive summary, while access to the full report can be found here: Managing Climate Risk in the U.S. Financial System Executive Summary Climate change poses a major risk to the stability of the U.S. financial system and to its ability to sustain the American economy. Climate change is already impacting or is anticipated to impact nearly every facet of the economy,...
Chapter News, Financing for Development/UN SDG's

OECD | Countries must do more to ensure sustainable development of ocean activities

Countries need to work together to defend the ocean from a steady rise in temperature, pollution and overfishing that threatens its ability to continue supporting marine life and providing food and income to billions of people, according to a new OECD report. Sustainable Ocean for All: Harnessing the benefits of sustainable ocean economies for developing countries says that with ocean-related economic sectors forecast to grow rapidly over the next decade, ensuring this development takes place in a sustainable way is...
Chapter News, COVID-19 News

Countries have responded decisively to the COVID-19 crisis, but face significant fiscal challenges ahead

03/09/2020 - Governments have taken unprecedented fiscal action in response to the COVID-19 crisis, but countries will need to support economic recovery in the face of significantly increasing fiscal challenges, according a new OECD report. Tax Policy Reforms 2020 describes the latest tax reforms across OECD countries, as well as in Argentina, China, Indonesia and South Africa. The report identifies major tax policy trends adopted before the COVID-19 crisis and takes stock of the tax and broader fiscal measures introduced...
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Addressing COVID-19: Council of the EU approves €6.2 billion budget increase for 2020

Today, the Council agreed to add €6.2 billion to the EU 2020 budget to address the impact of the COVID-19-crisis and to fund inter alia the vaccine strategy. The Council adopted draft amending budget No 8 for 2020 by written procedure. The revised budget increases payments for the Emergency Support Instrument (ESI) by €1.09 billion to ensure the development and deployment of a COVID-19 vaccine. The European Commission will use this money as a down-payment for pre-ordering vaccine doses. Draft amending budget No 8 also...
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IMF | Event of the Finance Ministers on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond

By Kristalina Georgieva, IMF Managing Director, Washington, DC | As prepared for delivery I would like to start by thanking Minister Freeland in her new role as Finance Minister. And my thanks to Finance Minister Clarke of Jamaica, and to Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed. I will focus my remarks today on two issues. One, the outlook for the world economy. And two, the implications of this outlook for what we must collectively do. On the outlook, since we last met in the end...