Press releases - March 2013

Statement by the European Commission on the capital controls imposed by the Republic of Cyprus

28/03/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 28 March 2013 The Commission takes note of temporary restrictions on the free movement of capital, including capital controls, imposed by the Republic of Cyprus as part of a series of measures to prevent the significant risk of uncontrollable outflow of deposits which would lead...

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Modernisation of the European Trade Mark System – Frequently Asked Questions

27/03/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 27 March 2013 See also IP/13/287 I. Trade marks – the context What is the function of a trade mark and why register your trade mark? Legally speaking, a trade mark is a sign which serves to distinguish the goods and services of one organisation from...

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Trade marks: Commission proposes easier access and more effective protection

27/03/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 27 March 2013 The European Commission has today presented a package of initiatives to make trade mark registration systems all over the European Union cheaper, quicker, more reliable and predictable.

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SPEECH - Extraits de la conférence de presse sur le lancement du livre vert sur le financement à long terme de l'économie européenne français (fr)

25/03/2013

Commission européenne Michel BARNIER Membre de la Commission européenne, chargé du Marché intérieur et des Services SPEECH - Conférence de presse Bruxelles, le 25 mars 2013 Mesdames et Messieurs, Nous lançons aujourd'hui un livre vert, un grand débat, sur les financements de long terme.

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European Commission launches Green Paper on the long-term financing of the European economy

25/03/2013

Press release Brussels, 25 March 2013 European Commission The European Commission has today adopted a Green Paper that launches a three-month public consultation on how to foster the supply of long-term financing and how to improve and diversify the system of financial intermediation for long-term investment in Europe.

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Green paper on long-term financing of the European economy - Frequently Asked Questions

25/03/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 25 March 2013 See also IP/13/274 1. What is the objective of the Green Paper? The purpose of the Green Paper is to start a broad debate on how to foster the supply of long-term financing and how to improve and diversify the system of financial...

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CRD IV/CRR – Frequently Asked Questions

21/03/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 21 March 2013 1. CONTEXT Why a revision of the Capital requirements directive is necessary? The financial crisis revealed vulnerabilities in the regulation and supervision of the banking system at European and global level The package agreed today by Council and Parliament builds on the lessons...

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Statement by EU Commissioner for Environment Janez Potočnik, EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs and EU Commissioner for Internal Market and Services Michel Barnier on the ev...

21/03/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 21 March 2013 Water is as vital as the air we breathe. But as writer Marq de Villiers put it: "The trouble with water –and there is trouble with water – is that they're not making any more of it…" Our planet's population is expected to...

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Statement by Commissioner Michel Barnier following the agreement in trilogue on new European rules to impose stronger prudential requirements on banks

21/03/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 21 March 2013 I welcome the final agreement reached last night on a package that sets stronger prudential requirements for banks, requiring them to keep sufficient capital reserves and liquidity.

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March infringements package: main decisions

21/03/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 21 March 2013 March March EMPLOYMENT ENERGY ENVIRONMENT INTERNAL MARKET & SERVICES TRANSPORT BE X X BG X CY X IT X MT X PL X PT X X RO X SI X In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is pursuing legal...

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An important step towards a real banking union in Europe: Statement by Commissioner Michel Barnier following the trilogue agreement on the creation of the Single Supervisory Mechanism for...

19/03/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 19 March 2013 We have taken an essential step today and I congratulate the European Parliament and the Council for having reached agreement on a major legislative package entrusting the European Central Bank with responsibility for the supervision of banks in the framework of the Single...

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Commissioner Barnier appoints Philippe Maystadt as Special Adviser to enhance EU’s role in promoting high quality accounting standards

19/03/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 19 March 2013 EU Commissioner for Internal Market and Services Michel Barnier has today appointed Philippe Maystadt, former President of the European Investment Bank, as Special Adviser.

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Speech: Lutte contre le blanchiment d’argent et le financement du terrorisme : une priorité pour l’Europe français (fr)

15/03/2013

Commission européenne Michel BARNIER Membre de la Commission européenne, chargé du Marché intérieur et des Services Conférence sur la lutte contre le blanchiment d’argent et le financement du terrorisme : nouveau cadre, futurs défis Bruxelles, le 15 mars 2013 Mesdames et Messieurs, Bonjour à chacun et chacune d’entre vous et merci...

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Unlocking the potential of business services for growth and jobs – New High Level Group set up

14/03/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 14 March 2013 The European Commission has today set up a new High Level Group (HLG) to examine the challenges facing the business services sector and the obstacles to a well-functioning single market in this field.

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Statement by Commissioner Michel Barnier as proposals to create European funds for venture capital and social businesses are agreed by the European Parliament

12/03/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 12 March 2013 "I warmly welcome the European Parliament's vote on our proposals to create Europe-wide funds for venture capital and for social businesses. These new EU initiatives will increase opportunities for innovative start-ups or social businesses to find capital.

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Speech: Croatia: welcome to the single market!

01/03/2013

European Commission Michel BARNIER Member of the European Commission responsible for Internal Market and Services Conference "How can Croatia benefit from the single market?"/Zagreb 1 March 2013 Dear Ministers, First of all, let me thank the Ministry of Economy and the EU Delegation to Croatia for hosting this conference.

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Preparation of Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Brussels, 5 March

01/03/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 1 March 2013 The EU's Council of Economic and Finance Ministers will take place on Tuesday, 5 March at 10.30. The European Commission will be represented by Olli Rehn, Vice President and Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro, Michel Barnier, Commissioner for Internal...

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