Press releases - March 2012

Déclaration du Commissaire Barnier suite au Conseil Ecofin informel français (fr)

31/03/2012

MEMO/12/240 Copenhague, le 31 mars 2012 L'Europe progresse en matière de régulation, mais la route est encore longue pour corriger les faiblesses de notre système que lacrise financière a mis en lumière....

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Regulation on Over-the-Counter Derivatives and Market infrastructures – Frequently Asked Questions

29/03/2012

MEMO/12/232 Brussels, 29 March 2012 What are derivatives? A derivative is a financial contract linked to the future value or status of the underlying to which it refers (e.g. the development of interest rates or of a currency value, or the possible bankruptcy ...

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Vote by the European Parliament of new European rules to regulate financial derivatives

29/03/2012

MEMO/12/231 Brussels, 29 March 2012. "I congratulate the European Parliament on its vote approving a regulation for more stability, transparency and efficiency in derivatives markets. Today's vote is a key step in our effort to establish a safer and sounder regulatory framework for European financial markets." Statement by Commissioner Barnier.

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Adoption by Council of Regulation strengthening the intellectual property rights office

22/03/2012

MEMO/12/208 Brussels, 22 March 2012 Adoption by Council of Regulation strengthening intellectual property rights body Background: The adoption of this Regulation by the European Parliament and the Council is the first legislative delivery from the Commission's ...

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Commissioner Barnier welcomes the strengthening of intellectual property rights body

22/03/2012

MEMO/12/207 Brussels, 22 March 2012 "I am very pleased that, today, the Council has adopted an EU Regulation entrusting the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) with new tasks. This marks an important step that should allow us to develop ...

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Public procurement: Commission acts to ensure implementation of EU rules in the area of defence procurement

22/03/2012

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 22 March 2012 - The European Commission has today acted to ensure that two Member States (Bulgaria and Luxembourg) comply with their obligations to implement EU rules on defence procurement....

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Conférence de presse de Michel Barnier : Marchés publics internationaux français (fr)

21/03/2012

Commission européenne Transcription de la Conférence de presse Bruxelles, le 21 mars 2012. Bonjour à chacune et chacun d'entre vous. Nous sommes heureux avec mon collègue Karel de Gucht de vous présenter cet instrument que la Commission vient d'adopter. ...

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External public procurement initiative - Frequently Asked Questions

21/03/2012

MEMO/12/201 Brussels, 21 March 2012 1. What is public procurement? Public procurement is about how public authorities spend public money when buying goods, works or services on the market. This can range from buying IT equipment, providing water treatment ...

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European Commission levels the playing field for European business in international procurement markets

21/03/2012

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 21 March 2012 - The European Commission proposes to improve business opportunities for EU firms in procurement markets. The main objective of the initiative is to help open worldwide public procurement markets ...

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Green Paper on Shadow Banking – Frequently asked questions

19/03/2012

MEMO/12/191 Brussels, 19 March 2012 1. What is shadow banking? Shadow banking is the system of credit intermediation that involves entities and activities that are outside the regular banking system, and thus are not regulated like banks....

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Taking action on shadow banking: avoiding new sources of risk in the financial sector

19/03/2012

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 19 March 2012 – So that the EU learns all the lessons from the crisis, it is implementing ambitious regulatory reforms in the financial sector in general and in the banking sector in particular....

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Commission acts to increase the safety and efficiency of securities settlement in Europe

07/03/2012

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 7 March 2012 - As part of its ongoing efforts to create a sounder financial system, the European Commission has proposed today to set up a European common regulatory framework for the institutions responsible ...

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Commission proposal on improving securities settlement in the EU and on Central Securities Depositaries – Frequently Asked Questions

07/03/2012

MEMO/12/163 Brussels, 7 March 2012 1. What does the proposed regulation address? The proposal aims to harmonise both the timing and conduct of securities settlement in Europe and the rules governing Central Securities Depositories (CSDs) which operate ...

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