The Directive on the protection of the euro and other currencies through criminal law measures introduces tougher sanctions for criminals and improved tools for cross-border investigation. These EU rules must be implemented and applied by all Member States as of today.
In May 2016, the DG ECFIN flash estimate of the consumer confidence indicator increased markedly in both the EU (by 1.1 points to -5.7) and the euro area (by 2.3 points to -7.0) compared to April.
The latest Eurobarometer survey carried out in April in seven non-euro area countries shows that 52% of respondents think that the introduction of the euro has had positive consequences in the countries that are already using the common currency. Nevertheless, the proportion of respondents who are in favour of introducing the euro in their own country varies widely, from 64% to 29%. In all seven countries, a majority of citizens thinks that they personally would manage to adapt to the euro as their new currency.
In its 16th edition, the Brussels Economic Forum will focus on the EMU, structural reforms, economic adjustment programmes, and the Investment Plan.
This year, we will be honoured with ECB President Mario Draghi's opening Annual Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa Lecture.