Press releases - April 2013

Commission report underlines importance and urgency of financial sector reforms as a basis to restore long-term growth

25/04/2013

European Press release Brussels, 25 April 2013 Commission The European Commission is publishing today the European Financial Stability and Integration Report (EFSIR), which is being presented at a joint conference with the European Central Bank (ECB) in Brussels.

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Statement by Commissioner Michel Barnier following the agreement in trilogue on the Mortgages Directive

22/04/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 22 April 2013 I welcome the agreement reached this evening on the Mortgages Directive. The financial crisis started with the subprime debacle in the United States where mortgages were being handed out with no background checks carried out on whether consumers could afford them, and ill-informed...

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Too good to be true: the real price of fake products

19/04/2013

European Commission Memo Brussels, 19 April 2013 Counterfeiting activities account for over €200 billion in losses for the world economy and it is estimated that such losses may climb further. They harm the European economy, as they damage legitimate business and starve innovation.

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Speech: Mettre la science au service de la construction d’une union bancaire porteuse de stabilité et de la croissance en Europe français (fr)

18/04/2013

Commission européenne Michel BARNIER Membre de la Commission européenne, chargé du Marché intérieur et des Services Speech: Seconde conférence sur le soutien de la science à la stabilité financière – « Vers l’union bancaire : questions ouvertes » Collège d'Europe – Bruges, le 18 avril 2013 Monsieur le Recteur, Monsieur le Directeur général,...

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Questions and Answers: EU strategy on adaptation to climate change

16/04/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 16 April 2013 1. What is the goal of the EU adaptation strategy and what key actions are planned? The overall aim is to contribute to a more climate-resilient Europe. The intention is to do this by encouraging and supporting action in three priority areas: promoting...

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EU strategy on adaptation to climate change Media resource sheet

16/04/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 16 April 2013 Maps of projected climatic changes in Europe (Based on Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe 2012. European Environment Agency) Change in annual and summer precipitation for 2071–2100 vs 1961–1990 (%) Average number of simultaneous hot days and tropical nights Fire danger Note:...

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Strengthening Europe's preparedness against natural and man-made disasters

16/04/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 16 April 2013 The European Commission today presents a package consisting of two parts: The EU strategy on adaptation to climate change sets out a framework and mechanisms for taking the EU's preparedness for current and future climate impacts to a new level; and, in...

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Commission moves to enhance business transparency on social and environmental matters

16/04/2013

European Press release Brussels, 16 April 2013 Commission The European Commission has today proposed an amendment to existing accounting legislation in order to improve the transparency of certain large companies on social and environmental matters.

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Disclosure of non-financial and diversity information by certain large companies and groups (proposal to amend Accounting Directives) - Frequently asked questions

16/04/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 16 April 2013 See also IP/13/330 1. What will change? What information will be disclosed and how? This proposed Directive would amend the Accounting Directives (Fourth and Seventh Accounting Directives on Annual and Consolidated Accounts, 78/660/EEC and 83/349/EEC, respectively).

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Statement by President Jose Manuel Barroso and Commissioner Michel Barnier following the European Parliament’s approval of new European rules to impose stronger prudential requirements ...

16/04/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 16 April 2013 President J.M. Barroso: I welcome the vote in the European Parliament today on the capital requirements directive, CRD4. This is the foundation for the single rulebook for banks and will ensure that banks across the EU build up the necessary capital to absorb...

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Remarques du Commissaire Michel Barnier lors de la conférence de presse de la réunion informelle du Conseil ECOFIN français (fr)

12/04/2013

Commission Europenne MEMO Dublin, 12 Avril 2013 Depuis trois ans, semaine après semaine, nous tirons les leçons de la crise, nous le devons aux citoyens et aux contribuables qui ont été souvent et trop sollicités et à l'économie européenne qui a besoin de stabilité.

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Speech: Meeting the challenge of Europe's long-term financing needs: a pre-requisite for jobs and growth

12/04/2013

European Commission Michel BARNIER Member of the European Commission, responsible for Internal Market and Services Speech: Eurofi High Level Seminar Dublin, 11 April 2013 Ladies and gentlemen, It is always a pleasure to participate in this annual conference on the eve of the Informal Ecofin Council.

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Statement by Commissioner Michel Barnier welcoming the agreement reached on disclosure requirements for the extractive industry and loggers of primary forests and on simpler accounting re...

09/04/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 9 April 2013 I congratulate the European Parliament, in particular the rapporteurs Klaus-Heiner Lehne and Arlene McCarthy, and the Council, in particular the Irish, Cypriot and Danish Presidencies on reaching this important agreement.

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Joint statement by U.S. Treasury Secretary Lew and Commissioner Barnier following their meeting on 8 April 2013

08/04/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 8 April 2013 U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew and European Commissioner Michel Barnier met today and reaffirmed their strong determination to cooperate closely in strengthening the global financial system; ensuring a level playing field; minimizing conflicts, and where appropriate, regulatory overlaps; and supporting the principle...

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