Press releases - June 2013
Commissioner Barnier welcomes new Treaty ensuring equal access to books for visually impaired and print disabled persons
European Commission Press release Brussels, 27 June 2013 The European Commission welcomed today the adoption of the Marrakech Treaty to facilitate access to published works for persons who are blind, visually impaired, or otherwise print disabled by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).
New Treaty to ensure equal access to books for visually impaired and print disabled persons – frequently asked questions
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 27 June 2013 What is the Marrakesh Treaty? It is a Treaty adopted in the context of the World Intellectual Property Organisation on 27 June 2013. It aims at facilitating access to books for visually impaired and print disabled persons.
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 27 June 2013 I am very pleased that finance ministers of the Member States have managed a few minutes ago to reach broad political agreement on the future rules for how to restructure and resolve failing banks (IP/12/570).
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 26 June 2013 I congratulate the European Parliament and the Council on having reached agreement on a new Directive on the award of concession contracts. This is not only about ensuring transparency and equal treatment in the single market.
Le Commissaire Michel Barnier salue l'accord sur de nouvelles règles en matière de passation de marchés publics
Commission Européenne MEMO Bruxelles, 26 juin 2013 Je salue l'accord intervenu entre le Parlement européen et le Conseil sur la réforme de la législation européenne sur les marchés publics, l’une des douze actions prioritaires proposées par la Commission dans le cadre de l'Acte pour le marché unique I.
Statement by Commissioner Michel Barnier following today's agreement on European rules on market abuse
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 26 June 2013 I welcome today's endorsement by Coreper of the political agreement between the Council and the European Parliament on tougher rules to better prevent, detect and punish market abuse.
E-invoicing in public procurement: another step towards end-to-end e-procurement and e-government in Europe
European Commission Press release Brussels, 26 June 2013 The European Commission has today proposed a draft directive on e-invoicing in public procurement, accompanied by a communication setting out its vision for the full digitisation of the public procurement process, so-called 'end-to-end e-procurement'.
European Commission Press release Brussels, 26 June 2013 The European Commission has today proposed a new investment fund framework designed for investors who want to put money into companies and projects for the long term.
E-invoicing in public procurement: another step towards end-to-end e-procurement and e-government in Europe – frequently asked questions
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 26 June 2013 What is e-procurement and e-invoicing? Electronic procurement (e-procurement) refers to the use of electronic means by public sector organisations when buying supplies and services or tendering public works.
Commission MEMO Brussels, 26 June 2013 European 1. What is a European Long-term Investment Fund? The proposed European Long-Term Investment Fund, or ELTIF, is a new type of collective investment framework allowing investors to put money into companies and projects that need long-term capital.
Commission européenne MEMO Bruxelles, 22 juin 2013 Nous avons traité d'un sujet principalement aujourd'hui, celui du financement de la résolution des banques. C'est un sujet très complexe. Sous l'impulsion de la Présidence irlandaise, Nous avons progressé – beaucoup - mais pas assez pour trouver un accord ce soir.
Internal Market: the Commission has brought Hungary before the Court of Justice to contest restrictive conditions on the issue of luncheon vouchers and other benefits in kind
European Commission Press release Brussels, 20 June 2013 The European Commission has decided to bring Hungary before the Court of Justice of the European Union to contest its legislation on issuing luncheon, leisure and holiday vouchers.
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 20 June 2013 June June AGRICULTURE EDUCATION & CULTURE EMPLOYMENT & social affairs ENERGY ENVIRONMENT HEALTH & CONSUMER POLICY INTERNAL MARKET & SERVICES JUSTICE TAXATION & CUSTOMS UNION TRANSPORT AT 1 BE 2 1 3 BG 1 CY 1 1 CZ 1 1 DE 1 1...
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 19 June 2013 The EU's Council of Economic and Finance Ministers will take place in Luxembourg on Friday, 21 June at 11.00. The European Commission will be represented by Olli Rehn, Vice President and Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro, Michel Barnier, Commissioner...
European Commission Press release Brussels, 18 June 2013 As of 20 June, credit rating agencies (CRAs) will have to follow stricter rules which will make them more accountable for their actions. The new rules also aim to reduce over-reliance on credit ratings while at the same time improving the quality...
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 18 June 2013 I. GENERAL CONTEXT AND APPLICABLE LAW 1. What is a credit rating? A credit rating is an opinion issued by a specialised firm on the creditworthiness of an entity (e.g. an issuer of bonds) or a debt instrument (e.g. bonds or asset-backed securities).
European Press release Brussels, 14 June 2013 Commission The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) today published a report assessing a possible package of measures to facilitate the provision of insurance products with long-term guarantees under the new Solvency II insurance regulatory regime.
Commissioner Michel Barnier welcomes the trilogue agreement on the modernisation of the Professional Qualifications Directive
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 12 June 2013 I congratulate the European Parliament and the Council on having reached agreement today on one of the priorities of the Single Market Act I. The modernisation of the Directive on professional qualifications is an important measure in our strategy to relaunch the European...
Commissioner Barnier welcomes European Parliament vote on the Accounting and Transparency Directives (including country by country reporting)
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 12 June 2013 I welcome today's vote by the European Parliament on the new Accounting and Transparency Directives. Financial reporting obligations have been modernised and costs reduced, in particular for SMEs.
Revised Directive on transparency requirements for listed companies (Transparency Directive) – frequently asked questions
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 12 June 2013 What are the existing EU rules on transparency for listed companies? The existing Transparency Directive (2004/109/EC) requires issuers of securities traded on regulated markets within the EU to ensure appropriate transparency through a regular flow of information to the markets.
New disclosure requirements for the extractive industry and loggers of primary forests in the Accounting (and Transparency) Directives (Country by Country Reporting) – frequently asked ...
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 12 June 2013 What is the objective of the proposed country by country reporting requirement in the Accounting and Transparency Directives? The new Accounting Directive, repealing the Fourth and Seventh Accounting Directives on Annual and Consolidated Accounts (78/660/EEC and 83/349/EEC) introduces a new obligation for large...
Financial reporting obligations for limited liability companies (Accounting Directive) – frequently asked questions
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 12 June 2013 1. What does this new Directive cover? As part of the Responsible Business package (see IP/11/1238), the Directive will reduce the administrative burden for small companies. To a certain extent, it will also improve the quality and comparability of the information disclosed. 2.
European Commission Michel BARNIER Member of the European Commission, responsible for Internal Market and Services Speech - Economic Ideas Forum Helsinki, 7 June 2013 Ladies and gentlemen, Let me first thank the Centre for European Studies, its President Wilfried MARTENS and its Director Tomi HUHTANEN for giving me the floor...
Commission européenne Michel BARNIER Membre de la Commission européenne, chargé du Marché intérieur et des Services Atelier sur le financement participatif (crowdfunding) Bruxelles, le 3 juin 2013 Mesdames et Messieurs, Tout d’abord, merci à chacun et chacune d’entre vous pour votre présence aujourd’hui.