Speeches - May 2013

Revision of the Transparency Directive: Commissioner Barnier welcomes the agreement reached by the European Parliament and the Council

30/05/2013

“With this agreement, listed companies including small and medium-sized issuers, will no longer be obliged to publish quarterly financial information, which will contribute to less administrative burden”. Statement by Commissioner Barnier.

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Digital Single Market: let’s make reality match our vision!

28/05/2013

“Here is my vision: a genuine, empowering digital single market; acting as a multiplier of the single market as we know it”. Speech by Commissionner Barnier at the conference The EU Digital Single Market: From rhetoric to reality.

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Let’s make Europe a place of innovation

28/05/2013

“Our policy on innovation is not limited to the issue of the patent. It is my ambition to go further than this”. Speech by Commissioner Barnier at the award ceremony of the European Inventor Award ceremony in Amsterdam.

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What is the European Commission doing to fight against organised crime and corruption in the single market?

27/05/2013

"Tax evasion, money laundering, corruption, counterfeiting, piracy, all threaten the integrity of the single market and the confidence of our citizens". Speech by Commissioner Barnier at the European Parliament's special commission on Organised Crime, Corruption and Money Laundering.

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How does the European Commission fight against organised crime and corruption in the single market?

27/05/2013

“Tax evasion, money laundering, corruption, counterfeiting, piracy, are all the plagues that threaten the integrity of the single market and the confidence of our citizens”. Speech by Commissioner Barnier at the special commission “Organised Crime, Corruption and Money Laundering” of the European Parliament

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The European System of Financial Supervision: assessing a major achievement

24/05/2013

“The overall assessment of the authorities and the ESRB (European Systemic Risk Board), possible changes to their goals, and the link with Banking Union… The public consultation on these issues will be open until July 19. I strongly encourage you to take part”. Speech by Commissioner Barnier at the Public Hearing on Financial Supervision in the EU.

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Occupational Pension Funds: Next Steps

23/05/2013

“I intend to present a proposal to improve the governance and transparency of occupational pension funds in the autumn. (...) This proposal will not cover the issue of solvency rules for pension funds”. Statement by Commissioner Barnier.

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Sustainability and reporting: Europe at the forefront

23/05/2013

“Today, I want to focus on the EU proposal on non-financial, corporate reporting, published in April this year. I also want to draw your attention to the newly agreed European reporting rules for extractive industries and banks”. Speech by Commissioner Barnier at the Global conference on sustainability and reporting (GRI) in Amsterdam.

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Our response to the financial crisis - Structured Dialogue

22/05/2013

"One year ahead of the end of the term, it is the time to outline a first assessment of our joint action to face the financial crisis. This is also the time to define the priorities for the rest of the year ... ". Speech by Commissioner Barnier at the European Parliament's Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs.

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Debate on Banking Union in the European Parliament

21/05/2013

“Today you are being asked to give your opinion on a legislative package that is of major importance for Europe”. Speech by Commissioner Barnier at the Plenary session of the European Parliament.

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Proposal for a directive on bank resolution: ECOFIN discussions

14/05/2013

“This directive is a key text. Recent events have shown the urgent need to develop the tools necessary for a organised resolution of banks across the European Union”. Introductory remarks by Commissioner Barnier to the discussions on the proposal for a directive on bank resolution at the ECOFIN council.

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