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December

29.12.2012Accounting
New regulation adopting standards/interpretations: IFRS 7, IAS 32
29.12.2012Accounting
New regulation adopting standards/interpretations: IAS 12, IFRS 1, IFRS 13, IFRIC 20
29.12.2012Accounting
New regulation adopting standards/interpretations: IFRS 10, IFRS 11, IFRS 12, IAS 27, IAS 28
21.12.2012Insurances
EU-US insurance dialogue outlines the way forward
21.12.2012Free movement of professionals
Communicationpdf from the Commission – Notification of evidence of formal qualifications – Directive 2005/36/EC on recognition of professional qualifications (Annex V)
20.12.2012Banking
Contributions and summary of responses received to the consultation on the recommendations of the High-level Expert Group on Reforming the structure of the EU banking sector
20.12.2012Retail financial services
Commission adopted its report on the application of Directive 2006/48/EC on microcredit activities
20.12.2012Financial Services
Summary of responses received to the Commission’s green paper on shadow banking
19.12.2012Financial Markets Infrastructure
Commission adopts technical standards for the Regulation on OTC derivatives, central counterparties and trade repositories (EMIR) (IP/12/1419)
19.12.2012Investment Funds
Commission adopts implementing rules for the Directive on Alternative Investment Fund Managers (AIFMD) (IP/12/1417)
19.12.2012Insurances
Letter from Jonathan Faull, Director General Internal Market and Services, to Gabriel Bernardino, Chair of EIOPA
18.12.2012Copyright
Commission urges industry to deliver innovative solutions for greater access to online content
18.12.2012Financial Services
The European banking union, a precondition to financial stability and a historical step forward for European integration. Speech by Commissioner Barnier. (SPEECH/12/963)
17.12.2012Internal Market
Your Europe, your practical guide to your rights in the Single Market: presentation by Michel Barnier
13.12.2012Financial Services
Banking union: Council agrees position on the single supervisory mechanism (MEMO/12/982)
12.12.2012Company Law
Commission plans to modernise European company law and corporate governance (IP/12/1340)
11.12.2012Enforcement of intellectual property rights
Commission launches a consultation on the Misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential business information.
11.12.2012Industrial Property
EU unitary patent: European Parliament and Council give green light
07.12.2012Securities
Market abuse: Justice Ministers agree Commission proposals on criminal sanctions (MEMO/12/963)
06.12.2012Copyright
Copyright in the digital age: the next steps (Speech by Commissioner Barnier) (SPEECH/12/923)
05.12.2012Copyright
Commission agrees way forward for modernising copyright in the digital economy (MEMO/12/950)
04.12.2012Internal Market
Internal Market Information System (IMI): new rules clear the path for future growth (MEX/12/1204)
04.12.2012Financial Markets Infrastructure
Press statement on operating Principles and Areas of Exploration in the Regulation of the Cross-Border OTC Derivatives Marketpdf Choose translations of the previous link 

November

30.11.2012Enforcement of intellectual property rights
Civil enforcement of intellectual property rights: public consultation on the efficiency of proceedings and accessibility of measures
29.11.2012Services
Commission launches a consultation on integrated parcel delivery market to boost e-commerce in the EU (IP/12/1289)
28.11.2012Occupational pensions
Call for advicepdf Choose translations of the previous link  from EIOPA to develop an EU Single Market for personal pension schemes (July 2012)
28.11.2012Internal Market
Report on the State of the Single Market integration (2013) (MEMO/12/913)
21.11.2012Financial Services, Infringements
Commission requests Belgium, France, Greece, Luxembourg, Poland and Portugal to implement EU rules (MEMO/12/876)
21.11.2012Payment services, Infringements
Commission asks Court of Justice to fine Belgium for not implementing EU rules (IP/12/1248)
21.11.2012Public Procurement, Infringements
Commission requests Greece to ensure fair access to public contracts for the provision of software services (IP/12/1249)
21.11.2012Investment Funds, Infringements
Commission requests Greece and Poland to comply with EU rules (MEMO/12/876)
21.11.2012Services, Infringements
Commission asks Hungary to ensure the freedom of establishment of luncheon voucher issuers (MEMO/12/876)
21.11.2012Free movement of professionals, Infringements
Commission acts to enforce freedom of establishment in the Czech Republic and Latvia (MEMO/12/876)
20.11.2012Public Procurement
Seminar on Electronic Procurement – An opportunity to provide feedback on Commission projects, 14.12.2012
15.11.2012Enforcement of intellectual property rights
Survey on Trade Secrets and Confidential Business Information in the Internal Market - until 3 December 2012
14.11.2012Company Law
The European Commission has taken action to break the glass ceiling that continues to bar female talent from top positions in Europe’s biggest companies. The Commission has proposed legislation with the aim of attaining a 40% objective of the under-represented sex in non-executive board-member positions in publicly listed companies, with the exception of SMEs.
09.11.2012Industrial Property
Commission Decision on setting up a Commission expert group on development and implications of patent law in the field of biotechnology and genetic engineering (MEX/12/1109)
08.11.2012Insurances
Letter from Commissioner Barnier to Gabriel Bernardino, Chair of EIOPA
07.11.2012Copyright
Making European copyright fit for purpose in the age of internet (Speech by Commissioner Barnier) (SPEECH/12/785)

October

24.10.2012Public Procurement
Conference on Remedies in Public Procurement - State of Play, Challenges and Opportunities, 26.11.2012
23.10.2012Gambing, Services
Commission sets out an action plan for online gambling (IP/12/1135)
22.10.2012Public Procurement
Consultation on e-invoicing in public procurement
18.10.2012Public Procurement
Mandatory social security services: Reaction by the Commission to Mr Tarabella’s press releasepdf Choose translations of the previous link 
16.10.2012Securities
Commission publishes rules enabling the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) to impose fines on credit rating agencies (CRAs) (MEX/12/1016 Choose translations of the previous link )
15.10.201220th anniversary, Internal Market
20 prize-winning 20-year olds in a creative competition on the 20th anniversary of the European single market (IP12/1097)
12.10.2012Copyright
Commissioner Barnier welcomes final adoption of the Orphan Works Directive by the Council (MEMO/12/744)
11.10.2012Public Procurement
Monitoring the application of EU public procurement rules across the EU – Annual Public Procurement Implementation Reviewpdf Choose translations of the previous link  (EXME 12/11.10)
10.10.2012Insurances
Reorganisation measure - decision on closing the financial recovery procedure for Forte Asigurări SA  
10.10.2012Occupational pensions
Quantitative Impact Study (QIS) on Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision
09.10.2012Internal Market, 20th anniversary
Marking the 20th anniversary of the Single Market: together for new Growth (MEMO/12/755 Choose translations of the previous link )
08.10.2012Internal Market
Scoreboard - Edition 25: Member States have improved their performance (IP/12/1080 Choose translations of the previous link )
05.10.2012Financial Services
Conference on Financial Stability, the Single Market and Growth, 19.11.2012
05.10.2012Securities
Commission decision on equivalence of regulatory framework of the US, Canada and Australia (MEX/12/1005 Choose translations of the previous link )
05.10.2012Financial Markets Infrastructure
Consultation on a possible framework for the recovery and resolution of financial institutions other than banks
04.10.2012Internal Market
Online debate on the Single Market, 10.10.2012
03.10.2012Insurances
Public Hearing on the draft factual Report of the EU-US Insurance Regulatory Dialogue Project, 16.10.2012
03.10.2012Social Business
European Social Innovation Competition, 01.10. to 21.12.2012
03.10.2012Banking
Consultation on the recommendations of the High-level Expert Group on reforming the structure of the EU banking sector
03.10.2012Internal Market
Single Market Act II: twelve priority actions for new growth (IP/12/1054 Choose translations of the previous link )
02.10.2012Banking
High-level Expert group on reforming the structure of the EU banking sector presents its report (IP/12/1048 Choose translations of the previous link )

September

27.09.2012Enforcement of intellectual property rights
Report on Measuring IPR infringements in the internal market, from 27.09.2012
27.09.2012Public Procurement, Infringements
Commission asks Court of Justice to fine Poland, The Netherlands, Luxembourg and Slovenia for not implementing defence procurement rules (IP/12/1020 Choose translations of the previous link )
27.09.2012Free movement of professionals, Infringements
Commission acts to enforce freedom of establishment for notaries in Hungary (MEMO/12/708 Choose translations of the previous link )
27.09.2012Free movement of professionals, Infringements
Commission acts to enforce freedom of establishment for lawyers in Luxembourg (MEMO/12/708 Choose translations of the previous link )
27.09.2012Public Procurement, Infringements
Commission requests Poland to comply with EU rules (MEMO/12/708 Choose translations of the previous link )
26.09.2012Insurances
Letter from Jonathan Faull, Director General Internal Market and Services, to Gabriel Bernardino, Chair of EIOPA
12.09.2012Financial Markets Infrastructure
Commission proposes new ECB powers for banking supervision as part of a banking union (IP/12/953 Choose translations of the previous link )
07.09.201220th anniversary
Single Market Week Launch Event, 15.10.2012
07.09.2012Internal Market
Single Market Week, 15. to 20.10.2012
06.09.201220th anniversary, Internal Market
Countdown to Single Market Week under way (IP/12/941 Choose translations of the previous link )
05.09.2012Financial Markets Infrastructure
Consultation on benchmarks and market indices (IP/12/939 Choose translations of the previous link )

August

29.08.2012Insurances
Decision (Orden ECC/1499/2012 of 19 June 2012) to commence winding-up proceedings with respect to M. G. D. Mutualidad General Deportiva de Previsión Social (OJ C238)
24.08.2012Free movement of professionals
Consolidated version of the annex V.7.1 of the Directive
22.08.2012Retail financial services
Member States' follow-up to the Recommendation of 18 July 2011 on a basic payment account - SWD (2012)0249
14.08.2012Free movement of professionals
Communicationpdf from the Commission – Notification of evidence of formal qualifications – Directive 2005/36/EC on recognition of professional qualifications (Annex V)
01.08.2012Financial Markets Infrastructure
Info-letter issue #4 is onlinepdf Choose translations of the previous link 

July

26.07.2012Investment Funds
Commission launches consultation on a future framework for investment funds (IP/12/853 Choose translations of the previous link )
25.07.2012Securities
Libor scandal: Commission proposes EU-wide action to fight rate-fixing (IP/12/846 Choose translations of the previous link )
23.07.2012Insurances
Decision concerning the approval of the resumption of activities by SOCIETĂȚEA DE ASIGURARE-REASIGURARE LIG INSURANCE S.A. (OJ C215pdf)
13.07.2012Free movement of professionals
Commission Regulation (EC) No 623/2012pdf of 11 July 2012 amending Annex II to Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the recognition of professional qualifications (JO L 180/9 du 12.07.2012)
11.07.2012Social Business
SMEs – Consultation on "Entrepreneurship 2020" action plan, 09.07. to 01.10.2012
11.07.2012Copyright
Commission proposes easier music licensing in the Single Market (IP/12/772 Choose translations of the previous link )
05.07.2012Securities
Commission adopts rules on the ban on uncovered sovereign credit default swaps and short sales of shares and sovereign debt (IP/12/746 Choose translations of the previous link )
03.07.2012Financial Services
Commission proposes legislation to improve consumer protection in financial services (IP/12/736 Choose translations of the previous link )

June

29.06.2012Securities
Short selling: Commission adopts technical standards (IP/12/727 Choose translations of the previous link )
26.06.2012Copyright
Commissioner Michel Barnier welcomes the agreement reached on an international treaty for the protection of artists in the audiovisual sector (MEMO/12/490 Choose translations of the previous link )
21.06.2012Media, Infringements
The Commission acts to ensure that European films are distributed in Catalonia (IP/12/663 Choose translations of the previous link )
21.06.2012Public Procurement, Infringements
Commission requests Slovenia to implement EU defence procurement rules (IP/12/664 Choose translations of the previous link )
21.06.2012Social Business
Call for proposals on reliable statistics on social enterprises, until 07.09.2012
21.06.2012Social Business
Public Consultation on the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER), 20.06. to 12.09.2012
14.06.2012Free movement of professionals
Contract notice – services – Study on updating and clarifying the list of activities in Annex IV to the Professional Qualifications Directive 2005/36/EC
13.06.201220th anniversary
The future of the Single Market Act (speech by Commissioner Barnier)
08.06.2012Services Directive
More growth through better single market governance and boosting services (IP/12/587 Choose translations of the previous link )
06.06.2012Banking
New crisis management measures to avoid future bank bail-outs (IP/12/570 Choose translations of the previous link )
06.06.2012Copyright
Commissioner Michel Barnier welcomes trilogue agreement by Council and Parliament on the Orphan Works Directive (MEMO/12/421 Choose translations of the previous link )
04.06.2012Services
Consultation on procedures for notifying and acting on illegal content hosted by online intermediaries, 04.06. to 05.09.2012
01.06.2012Insurances
Decision approving the transfer of insurance portfolio from Omniasig Vienna Insurance Group SA, as transferor, to BCR Asigurări Vienna Insurance Group SA, as transferee, and the merger by acquisition concluded between BCR Asigurări Vienna Insurance Group SA, as the acquiring company, and Omniasig Vienna Insurance Group SA, as the target company (OJ C155)

May

31.05.2012Public Procurement, Infringements
Commission requests Austria and Poland to fully transpose EU rules in the area of defence procurement (IP/12/533 Choose translations of the previous link )
31.05.2012Services Directive, Infringements
Commission closes infringement proceedings against Greece – all Member States have now officially transposed the Services Directive (IP/12/534 Choose translations of the previous link )
30.05.2012Enforcement of intellectual property rights
Conference on “Enforcement of intellectual property rights: review of Directive 2004/48/EC”, 26.04.2012
25.05.2012Insurances
Proposal for a Directive amending the Solvency II Directive (2009/138/EC) as regards the dates of its transposition and application and the date of repeal of certain Directives.
21.05.2012Financial Services
Conference on Financial Conglomerates, 28.06.2012
21.05.2012Enforcement of intellectual property rights
Conference on trade secrets, 29.06.2012
16.05.2012Banking
Commission invitation to an informal exchange of views about future trading book capital requirementspdf Choose translations of the previous link 
03.05.2012Banking
High-level Expert Group on possible reforms to the structure of the EU banking sector: consultation
02.05.2012Internal Market
Single Market News Issue 63 is online
01.05.2012Insurances
Decision on temporary prohibition of the activity of Societatea de Asigurare-Reasigurare Lig Insurance SA (OJ C127)

April

27.04.2012Insurances
Reorganisation measure – Decision on a portfolio transfer and authorisation withdrawal on-request in respect of Societatea de Asigurări Chartis România SA (OJ C122)
26.04.2012Free movement of professionals, Infringements
Nationality condition for access to the notarial profession: the Commission closes the infringement proceedings against Greece, which has ended this discrimination (IP/12/419 Choose translations of the previous link )
26.04.2012Payment services, Infringements
Commission acts to ensure implementation of EU rules in the area of electronic money activities (IP/12/418 Choose translations of the previous link )
26.04.2012Public Procurement, Infringements
Commission requests the United Kingdom to implement EU rules in the area of defence procurement in Gibraltar (IP/12/416 Choose translations of the previous link )
26.04.2012Free movement of capital, Infringements
Commission requests Greece to comply with EU rules on free movement of capital and the right of establishment (IP/12/420 Choose translations of the previous link )
26.04.2012Internal Market
Post-crisis policy measures in the financial sector give way to longer-term growth goals (IP/12/424 Choose translations of the previous link )
23.04.201220th anniversary
The EU Single Market, 20 years on (speech by Commissioner Barnier)
20.04.2012Public Procurement
Conference on Electronic Procurement – Challenges and Opportunities, 26.06.2012
20.04.2012Public Procurement
Moving to full e-procurement by 2016 (IP/12/389 Choose translations of the previous link )
12.04.2012Accounting
European Commission prolongs the equivalence mechanism in relation to third-country Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (MEX/12/0412 Choose translations of the previous link )
11.04.2012Company Law
The European Commission adopts a report on the application of the Third Anti Money Laundering Directive
11.04.2012Internal Market
What does the single market mean to you? Join the ‘Generation 1992’ competition! (IP/12/358 Choose translations of the previous link )
11.04.201220th anniversary
'Generation 1992': European Commission reaches out to young people with a creativity competition on the single market (IP/12/358 Choose translations of the previous link )
02.04.2012Securities
Credit rating agencies will start paying fees for their supervision (MEX/12/0402)
02.04.2012Copyright
António Vitorino launches mediation process on private copying and reprography levies (MEX/12/0402)

March

28.03.2012Auditing
The Monitoring Group issues a Consultation Paperpdf Choose translations of the previous link  on the Governance Review of the international standard setting for auditors and the PIOB issues a Consultation Paperpdf Choose translations of the previous link  on its work programmepdf Choose translations of the previous link .
22.03.2012Public Procurement, Infringements
Commission acts to ensure implementation of EU rules in the area of defence procurement (IP/12/290)
22.03.2012Free movement of professionals, Infringements
Nationality condition for notaries: Member States that have brought an end to discrimination see the infringement proceedings against them closed by the Commission (IP/12/291 Choose translations of the previous link )
21.03.2012Public Procurement
European Commission levels the playing field for European business in international procurement markets (IP/12/268 Choose translations of the previous link )
20.03.2012Payment services
Conference on card, internet and mobile payments (MEX/12/0320 Choose translations of the previous link ), 04.05.2012
20.03.2012Retail financial services
Consultation on Bank accounts (MEX/12/0320 Choose translations of the previous link )
19.03.2012Banking
Taking action on shadow banking: avoiding new sources of risk in the financial sector (IP/12/253 Choose translations of the previous link )
14.03.2012Public Procurement
Selection procedure for temporary staff in the field of European security and defence
14.03.2012Payment services
Adoption of Regulation on SEPA migration end-date
13.03.2012Insurances
Decision to lift a reorganisation measure in respect of Apra Leven NV (OJ C55)
07.03.2012Financial Markets Infrastructure
Commission acts to increase the safety and efficiency of securities settlement in Europe (IP/12/221 Choose translations of the previous link )

February

27.02.2012Internal Market
Making the Single Market work better: boosting Europe's potential for growth
24.02.2012Internal Market
Making the Single Market deliver – Annual governance check-up 2011pdf(3 MB) Choose translations of the previous link PDF
23.02.2012Social Business
Call for applications for the expert group on social entrepreneurship (GECES)
22.02.2012Banking
Commissioner Barnier appoints members of a High-level Expert Group on possible reforms to the structure of the EU banking sector Choose translations of the previous link 
21.02.2012Accounting
Commissioner Barnier welcomes final agreement to simplify accounting for Europe's smallest companies (MEMO/12/125 Choose translations of the previous link )
20.02.2012Company Law
Consultation on the future of European Company Law
17.02.2012Banking
Conference: Towards a better regulation of the shadow banking system, 27.04.2012
17.02.2012Retail financial services
Special Eurobarometer on retail financial services
16.02.2012Company Law
FATF adopts revised international standards against money laundering and terrorist financing
16.02.2012Insurances
Decision concerning a reorganisation measure in respect of FORTE Asigurari SA
14.02.2012Free movement of professionals
Study “Providing an inventory of reserves of activities linked to professional qualifications requirements in 13 EU Member States and assessing their economic impact” – Final Reportpdf(3 MB) Choose translations of the previous link , Annexepdf(3 MB) Choose translations of the previous link  (detailed legal inventory) and Executive summarypdf(337 KB) Choose translations of the previous link 
13.02.2012Public Procurement
The European Commission is setting-up a stakeholder expert group on public procurement (MEX/12/0213 Choose translations of the previous link )
09.02.2012Free movement of professionals
Meeting on the Modernisation of the Professional Qualifications Directive, 09.02.2012
09.02.2012Financial Markets Infrastructure
Agreement on new European rules to regulate financial derivatives (EMIR)
08.02.2012Company Law
Commission proposes a European Foundation Statute (IP/12/112 Choose translations of the previous link )
06.02.2012Financial Services
New booklet: Restoring the Health and Stability of the EU Financial Sectorpdf Choose translations of the previous link , 06.02.2012
05.02.2012Free movement of professionals
Webcast meeting on the Modernisation of the Professional Qualifications Directive, 05.02.2012
03.02.2012Free movement of capital
Commission Services' Paper on Market Monitoring publishedpdf Choose translations of the previous link 
01.02.2012Enforcement of intellectual property rights
Winners of “Hands off my Design” competition announced (IP/12/93 Choose translations of the previous link )

January

26.01.2012Public Procurement, Infringements
Commission acts to ensure implementation of EU rules in the area of defence procurement (IP/12/76 Choose translations of the previous link )
26.01.2012Public Procurement, Infringements
The Commission acts to safeguard procedural transparency and ensure equal treatment of applicants in connection with a public works contract for the modernisation of road infrastructure in Bucharest (IP/12/73 Choose translations of the previous link )
26.01.2012Insurances, Infringements
Commission acts to protect policy-holders and to ensure level playing field in the Bulgarian health insurance sector (IP/12/72 Choose translations of the previous link )
26.01.2012Company Law, Infringements
Commission acts to ensure implementation of simplified EU rules on mergers and divisions in six countries (IP/12/74 Choose translations of the previous link )
26.01.2012Free movement of professionals
Meeting on the Modernisation of the Professional Qualifications Directive, 02.02.2012
18.01.2012Occupational pensions
Public Hearing on the Revision of the Directive on Insti­tutions for Occu­pational Retire­ment Provisions, 01.03.2012
13.01.2012Enforcement of intellectual property rights
Commission publishes studies on parasitic copying and protection of trade secrets
12.01.2012Free movement of professionals
Proposal for modernising the Professional Qualifications Directive
11.01.2012Payment services
Consultation: Breaking down barriers to secure and innovative card, internet and mobile payments (IP/12/11 Choose translations of the previous link )
11.01.2012Services
Stimulating growth and employment: an action plan for doubling the volume of e-commerce in Europe by 2015 (IP/12/10 Choose translations of the previous link )
09.01.2012Postal services
The final report of the "Study on Appropriate Methodologies to Better Measure Consumer Preferences for Postal Services (Rand EUROPE 2011) has been posted on our website, see studies
09.01.2012Postal services
The final report of the "Study on intra-comunity cross-border parcel delivery" has been posted on our website, see studies

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