Speeches - January 2014

Directive on e-invoicing in public procurement: Commissioner Barnier welcomes the trilogue agreement


“I congratulate the European Parliament and the Council on having reached agreement today on the draft directive on e-invoicing in public procurement. This agreement will contribute to eliminating barriers to cross-border public procurement. It will also ensure interoperability between national e-invoicing systems and, ultimately, a better functioning of the Single Market. (...) The adoption of e-invoicing in public procurement alone across the EU could generate savings of up to €2.3 billion.”. Statement by Commissioner Barnier.


Commissioner Barnier opens high-level group on retail competitiveness


Today’s inaugural meeting of the High Level Group on Retail Competitiveness was opened by Commissioner Barnier in Brussels. The group, which is composed of executive managers representing the different stakeholders in the retail chain, will advise the Commission on retail policy.


Commissioner Barnier welcomes European Parliament vote on the Directives on public procurement and concessions


“I congratulate the European Parliament for having today adopted the public procurement directives and the new directive on the award of concessions. (...) The new rules (...) have three main objectives: simplification, flexibility and legal certainty. Through this reform, public authorities can optimise their use of public procurement which, with nearly 19% of European GDP, is a key driver of our economy”. Statement by Commissioner Barnier.


New rules on markets in financial instruments (MiFID II): Statement by Commissioner Barnier following the agreement in trilogue


“I welcome the agreement reached today by the European Parliament and the Council on updated rules for markets in financial instruments (MiFID II). These new rules will improve the way capital markets function to the benefit of the real economy”. Statement by Commissioner Barnier.


China and the EU – partners in reform


“Europe and China have both engaged in substantial and wide-ranging reforms to fix our financial systems and improve our economic governance. (...) We need to build on these achievements to come out of the crisis stronger and lay the foundations for a more sustainable, more balanced path to future growth”. Speech by Commissioner Barnier at the Development Research Centre, Beijing.