Press releases - October 2010

Joint Declaration Commissioner Michel Barnier and U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner

29/10/2010

MEMO/10/537 Brussels, 29th October 2010 U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and European Commissioner Michel Barnier met today and reaffirmed their strong determination to continue cooperating closely in strengthening the global financial system and ...

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Public procurement: Commission refers the Czech Republic to the EU Court of Justice for not complying with EU rules in the purchase of military transport aircraft

28/10/2010

IP/10/1438 Brussels, 28 October 2010 The European Commission has today acted to ensure fair access to public contracts by referring the Czech Republic to the Court of Justice for not complying with its obligation to award public supply contracts on the ...

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Public procurement: Commission requests Germany to comply with Court judgment on the award of a waste disposal contract in Bonn

28/10/2010

IP/10/1440 Brussels, 28 October 2010 The European Commission has today requested Germany to comply with a judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union. In that judgment (Case C-17/09), the Court ruled that Germany had failed to fulfil its obligations ...

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Public procurement: Commission acts to ensure fair access to waste management contracts in Sweden

28/10/2010

IP/10/1442 Brussels, 28 October 2010 The European Commission has acted to ensure that EU rules on public procurement – the spending of public money by public authorities – are respected in Sweden. The Commission is concerned that Sweden has breached EU ...

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Public procurement: Commission calls on Greece to review award of contract for ICT services

28/10/2010

IP/10/1441 Brussels, 28 October 2010 The European Commission has acted to ensure that EU rules on public procurement – the spending of public money by public authorities – are respected in Greece. The Commission is concerned that Greece has breached EU ...

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Financial Services: European Commission calls on Czech Republic to respect Court ruling on pension funds

28/10/2010

IP/10/1439 Brussels, 28 October 2010 The European Commission has today acted to ensure that common rules on pension funds are respected by formally requesting the Czech Republic to comply with an EU Court judgment from January 2010 ( C-343/08 )....

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European Commission sets out plans to strengthen the Single Market with measures to boost growth and enhance citizens’ rights

27/10/2010

IP/10/1390 Brussels, 27 October 2010. The European Union’s Single Market is the cornerstone of more than 60 years of European integration. Barriers that once stopped goods and services from freely flowing from Lisbon to Helsinki have been torn down....

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Single Market Act – Frequently Asked Question

27/10/2010

MEMO/10/528 Brussels, 27 October 2010. 1) What is the Single Market? The Single Market of the European Union is the common area between the 27 EU countries where goods, services, capital and persons can circulate freely....

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Commission launches consultation on further capital buffers for banks pdf - 13 KB [13 KB]

22/10/2010

The European Commission has today launched a public consultation to seek stakeholders' views on possible measures to ease fluctuations in the financial system by introducing countercyclical capital buffers for banks.

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Internal Market: Commission publishes reports on how Professional Qualifications Directive works in practice

22/10/2010

IP/10/1367 22 October 2010. The first ever report on how the Professional Qualifications Directive (Directive 2005/36/EC) works in practice has been published by the European Commission. The report, undertaken by the Commission's Internal Market department, ...

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An EU framework for Crisis Management in the Financial Sector – Frequently Asked Questions

20/10/2010

MEMO/10/506 Brussels, 20 October 2010 1. Why is a new crisis management framework needed for the EU? The financial crisis provided clear evidence of the need for more robust crisis management arrangements at national level, as well as the need to put ...

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Commission sets out its plans for a new EU framework for crisis management in the financial sector

20/10/2010

IP/10/1353 Brussels, 20 October 2010. The crisis demonstrated clearly that when problems hit one bank, they can spread to the whole financial sector and well beyond the borders of any one country. It also showed that systems were not in place to manage...

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Statement of Commissioner Michel Barnier following the negotiations on the AIFM Directive (hedge funds and private equity) at the Ecofin Council in Luxembourg

19/10/2010

MEMO/10/504 Brussels, 19 October 2010 Today, Member States took a fundamental step towards an agreement on this important directive, an agreement which would not have been possible without the commitment and determination of the Belgian Presidency....

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European Commission acts to expand the use of e-procurement in the EU

18/10/2010

IP/10/1347 Brussels, 18 October 2010. The European Commission is today launching a consultation on e-procurement. Taking the form of a Green Paper, the consultation will seek the views of interested parties on how the EU can help Member States to speed ...

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Frequently asked questions: e-Procurement

18/10/2010

MEMO/10/499 18 October 2010 What is e-Procurement? E-procurement refers to the use of electronic communication and transaction processing by government institutions and other public sector organisations when buying supplies and services or tendering for ...

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European Commission Green Paper on Audit Policy - frequently asked questions

13/10/2010

MEMO/10/487 Brussels, 13 October 2010. Why has the European Commission decided to launch a public consultation on audit policy? Audit is an integral part of the financial environment. Statutory audit refers to the audit of companies under European law ...

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The European Commission consults on how the European audit market can be improved

13/10/2010

IP/10/1325 Brussels, 13 October 2010. The European Commission has launched today a broad consultation on the role of statutory audit as well the wider environment within which audits are conducted. In the wake of the financial crisis, we need to ask the ...

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Competitiveness Council – 11/12 October 2010

08/10/2010

MEMO/10/478 Brussels, 8 October 2010 The EU Competitiveness Council will meet in Luxembourg on Monday and Tuesday, 11 and 12 October under the chairmanship of the Belgian Presidency: Mrs Isabelle Weykmans (Minister for Culture, Media and Tourism), Mr ...

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Applying Community law better

01/10/2010

IP/10/1269 Brussels, 01 October 2010 The European Commission has presented today its Annual Report on monitoring the Application of Community Law (2009). The report underlines the critical importance of the full and correct application of EU law in delivering ...

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