Speeches - July 2013

Commission presents defence communication

24/07/2013

"We have carried out very methodical work in seven areas where we believe we can offer added value, in order to save time so that if, as we hope, the European Council takes this forward in December, we will be ready and will have already laid the groundwork." Speech by Commissioner Barnier at the joint press conference with President Barroso and Vice-President Tajani.

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Introductory remarks on the payment package

24/07/2013

"With this regulation, we are proposing to cap interchange fees for domestic and cross-border payments by debit and credit cards (at 0.2% of the value of the transaction for debit cards and 0.3% for credit cards). This will allow us to promote a model where inter-bank fees do not create barriers within the Single Market." Speech by Commissioner Barnier at the joint press conference with Commissioner Joaquín Almunia.

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Time for a new Transatlantic Partnership

17/07/2013

"The TTIP (Transatlantic Free Trade Area) is a starting point. It is an opportunity to prove that we are able to trust each other. To make mutual concessions for economic growth and jobs. And to define global standards." Speech by Commissioner Barnier at the Transatlantic Partnership Network in Washington.

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Interdependent swaps markets need interactive cross-border rules

15/07/2013

“We still face difficult discussions on banking, investment firms and in other areas. Our agreement on swaps proves that we can trust each other. We have passed that test case. Now we must demonstrate joint leadership and raise the bar in tomorrow’s world of financial regulation”. Speech by Commissionner Barnier at the Brookings Institute in Washington.

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Agreement on swaps (derivatives): Europe and the US share the same commitment and the same goals

15/07/2013

“We still face difficult discussions on banking, investment firms and in other areas. Our agreement on swaps proves that we can trust each other. We have passed that test case. Now we must demonstrate joint leadership and raise the bar in tomorrow’s world of financial regulation”. Speech by Commissionner Barnier at the Brookings Institute in Washington

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The single market in financial services: we need the UK on board

12/07/2013

"There is always much talk about great divides between the Commission and the UK on financial services. However, many of those differences are exaggerated. As the Commissioner for financial services, I have consistently worked closely and constructively with the UK. Taking account of British specificities, as far as possible. This has not been by accident, but by design." Speech by Commissioner Barnier.

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Banking union - and beyond

08/07/2013

"Banking union marks the starting point of a new ambition for Europe, one that consists of finally building the economic equivalent of monetary union." Speech by Commissioner Barnier at the Palazzo Farnese in Rome.

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Statement by the European Commission on the Digital Single Market

04/07/2013

"Our contribution to the October European Council will be an important opportunity for the Commission to set out the course of action for the months, and indeed years ahead." Statement by Commissioner Barnier.

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