Speeches - May 2014

Danish referendum on the Unified Patent Court: Commissioner Barnier welcomes the yes vote


The Danish voted yesterday in a referendum in favour of joining the Unified Patent Court (UPC). Once the Danish Parliament ratifies the Agreement, Denmark will be the fifth Member State to have ratified it (after Austria, Belgium, France and Malta). The Agreement will enter into force once it has been ratified by 13 Member States.


State of the (Banking) Union


"Europe's financial markets are too interlinked to be dealt with nationally. (…) So we need common rules and regulatory convergence, we need the EU. (…) The Banking Union is probably our biggest project since the euro itself." Speech by Commissioner Barnier at the Frankfurt Finance Summit.