Press releases - December 2010

Commission grants Hungary extension of transitional period for the acquisition of agricultural land

20/12/2010

IP/10/1750 Brussels, 20 December 2010 The European Commission decided today to grant Hungary a three-year extension of its transitional period for the acquisition of agricultural land by non-resident EU citizens and all legal entities, following a request ...

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Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA): Commission sets deadline for pan-European payment system

16/12/2010

IP/10/1732 Brussels, 16 December 2010 A Belgian citizen working in The Netherlands receives his salary on his Belgian bank account as quickly as his Dutch colleagues. A German family pays all its gas and electricity bills for their holiday home in Greece ...

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Pay-TV services: Commission proposes to ratify the Council of Europe "Conditional Access" Convention to strengthen protection against piracy

15/12/2010

In its efforts to further step up the EU's fight against piracy, the European Commission has proposed today to the Member States of the European Union to sign and ratify the Council of Europe's Convention on conditional access systems...

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Patents: Commission opens the way for some Member States to move forward on a unitary patent

14/12/2010

IP/10/1714 Brussels, 14 December 2010 Today the European Commission presented a proposal opening the way for "enhanced cooperation" to create unitary patent protection in the EU. Such unitary patent protection would allow those Member States that so desired ...

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Commission launches consultation on review of EU investment funds rules

14/12/2010

The European Commission has launched a consultation today on the review of the EU rules for setting up and operating investment funds. These funds are known as Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) and accounted for over €5 trillion in 2009

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Michel Barnier - Statement at the Treasury Select Committee House of Commons London, 13th December, 2010

13/12/2010

Speech by Commissioner Barnier at the Treasury Select Committee - House of Commons, London

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Competitiveness Council – 10 December 2010

09/12/2010

MEMO/10/665 Brussels, 9th December 2010 The EU Competitiveness Council will meet in Brussels on Friday, 10 December under the chairmanship of the Belgian Presidency: Mr. Jean-Claude Marcourt (Walloon Minister for the Economy, SME's, Foreign Trade and ...

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Financial services: improving European rules for a more robust framework for all financial actors and instruments

08/12/2010

IP/10/1677 Brussels, 8 December 2010. As part of its work in creating a more transparent and stable financial system, the European Commission has today launched a consultation on the review of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID)....

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Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID): Frequently Asked Questions

08/12/2010

MEMO/10/659 Brussels, 8 December 2010. 1. What is MiFID? MiFID is the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive – or Directive 2004/39/EC 1 . It replaces the Investment Services Directive (ISD) which was adopted in 1993....

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Strengthening sanctions for violations of EU financial services rules: the way forward

08/12/2010

IP/10/1678 Brussels, 8 December 2010. The European Commission adopted today a communication setting out possible ways to reinforce sanctioning regimes in the EU's financial services sector. Today, rules vary greatly between Member States and, arguably, ...

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Michel BARNIER Membre de la Commission européennMichel BARNIER Membre de la Commission européenne chargé du Marché intérieur et des services La consultation concernant la Directive sur français (fr)

08/12/2010

SPEECH/10/737 Ma promesse depuis le début: étape par étape, construire un système financier plus sur, plus solide, plus stable et plus sain. Un système où les marchés financiers sont au service de l'économie – et pas le contraire....

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Frequently Asked Questions: Communication on reinforcing sanctioning regimes in the financial services sector

08/12/2010

MEMO/10/660 Brussels, 8 December 2010. What are sanctioning regimes? Sanctioning regimes are defined as the legal framework covering sanctions provided for in national legislation for the violations of EU financial services rules (including the national ...

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Preparation of Eurogroup and Economic and Finance Ministers Council, 6 and 7 December 2010

06/12/2010

MEMO/10/651 Brussels, 6 December 2010 EUROGROUP The Eurogroup meeting will start on Monday 6 December at 17h00 with a discussion focused on economic governance. It will be attended by Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, Olli Rehn....

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European Commission wants broad-scale adoption of e-invoicing by 2020

02/12/2010

IP/10/1645 Brussels, 2 December 2010. Currently, exchanging electronic invoices (e-invoicing) is often complex and costly, in particular across borders and for SMEs. In its Communication 'Reaping the benefits of electronic invoicing for Europe', presented by Vice-President Tajani and Commissioner Barnier today, the European Commission identifies a set of tangible actions to make the uptake of e-invoices in Europe easier. This will allow businesses to benefit from shorter payment delays, fewer errors, reduced printing and postage costs.

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Michel Barnier Membre de la Commission européennMichel Barnier Membre de la Commission européenne, chargé du Marché intérieur et des Services Pour une stratégie européenne de la propr français (fr)

02/12/2010

SPEECH/10/720 Mesdames, Messieurs Il était important d'être aujourd'hui parmi vous, à ce sommet consacré à la propriété intellectuelle. Ces droits visant à protéger inventions et créations que déjà dans la Grèce antique, ou un peu plus tard à Venise au ...

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