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Disclosure of non-financial information: Europe’s largest companies to be more transparent about how they operate
29/09/2014

The European Commission welcomes today’s adoption by the Council of the Directive on disclosure of non-financial and diversity information by large companies and groups. Companies concerned will disclose information on policies, risks and outcomes as regards environmental matters, social and employee-related aspects, respect for human rights, anti-corruption and bribery issues, and diversity on boards of directors.

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Michel Barnier
Attack to win games and defend to win trophies: safeguarding financial stability in the EU single market
29/09/2014

“We have attacked through the overhaul of the financial framework of the last five years. Now we need to defend what we have achieved by remaining alert to new and potential risks. Adapt to changing circumstances. And play as a team to win the global competition”. Speech by Vice President Barnier at the Worshipful Company of World Traders, London.

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Competitiveness Council - 25-26 September
Competitiveness Council - 25-26 September
24/09/2014

The first Competitiveness Council under the mandate of the Italian EU Presidency will take place in Brussels on 25-26 September 2014. The Council will discuss the mid-term review of the EU’s economic growth programme, the Commission’s Implementation Roadmap “A New Deal for European Defence”, the implementation of the patent package, and the opportunity of extending EU-wide geographical indication protection to non-agricultural products.

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Financial Reform: A Call to Action
22/09/2014

“Application of the texts, implementation of reforms, continuing to adapt the existing framework: here are three key challenges in which your committee will play a key role, together with the Commission and the Council”. Speech by the Vice-President Barnier to the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee of the European Parliament (structured dialogue ECON).

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Michel Barnier
The challenge of implementing market regulations consistently at the global level
12/09/2014

“We must ensure rules are applied in a consistent and coherent way. This is particularly true for the EU and the US”. Speech by Vice-President Barnier at the Eurofi Financial Forum, in Milan.

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Political Transition vs Economic Transition: a foundation for future development
09/09/2014

"Tunisia faces many challenges and the road is still long and probably bumpy, but I want to salute the tremendous capacity of the Tunisian people and its leaders to face these difficulties through dialogue." Speech by Vice-President Barnier.

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Commission services consult on cross-border mergers and divisions
08/09/2014

The purpose of this consultation is to collect information which would allow the Commission to assess if the existing rules for cross-border operations of companies need to be changed.

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