Speeches - September 2013
“In most of our countries, especially in Spain, significant efforts have been made, by means of painful budget cuts and difficult structural reforms. Today these efforts are beginning to bear fruit. (...) However, almost five years to the day after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, it would be wrong to believe that the crisis is behind us”. Speech by Commissioner Barnier at the Nueva Economía Forum in Madrid.
“In these times that remain difficult for Spain and for Europe in general, the construction of a digital single market brings along many promises. (...) But for all these promises to materialise, we have many challenges to face”. Speech by Commissioner Barnier at the conference “Towards a digital single market in the EU”.
“I am confident that the measures outlined in this proposal (...) will enhance the credibility of these indexes and ensure their integrity”. Speech by Commissioner Barnier.
“At the beginning of my term, we set ambitious targets to address the lessons learnt from the financial crisis. Three and a half years later, we are on track. (...) However, there is still some way to go”. Speech by Commissioner Barnier at the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Parliament (ECON Structured Dialogue).
“There is no room for complacency: all G20 jurisdictions, including the EU, must remain committed to the timely, full and consistent implementation of agreed policies. Only then will we create a stable and integrated global financial system. Only then will we be able to prevent future crises”. Speech by Commissioner Barnier at the Eurofi Financial Forum, Vilnius.
"Germany's future lies in Europe. Not in a weaker Europe, but in a stronger European economic, monetary and political union. A union that will help us avoid a repeat of past crises – through better regulated financial markets". Speech by Commissioner Barnier for the opening of academic year, Centre for financial studies, Goethe University, Frankfurt.
“Joint supervision is a key element, which I hope will be supported by a large majority of you, but it is only a first step on the road towards banking union”. Speech by Commissioner Barnier to members of the European Parliament in plenary.
“I am extremely pleased that the European Parliament voted today to set up the Single Supervisory Mechanism, the first leg of the Banking Union”. Statement by President Barroso and Commissioner Barnier following the European Parliament’s vote.
European Parliament confirms its willingness to make the mortgage credit sector subject to heightened consumer protection measures
“I welcome this important step towards strengthening consumer protection in the financial services area and towards completion of the Single Market. I hope that the European Parliament and the Council will now finalise the text as soon as possible so that the new rules will benefit consumers without delay”. Statement by Commissioner Barnier.
“I welcome the political agreement with Council on the Market Abuse Regulation that European Parliament has endorsed today, which will establish tougher rules to better prevent, detect and punish market abuse”. Statement by Commissioner Barnier.