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December

28.12.2013Free movement of professionals
Publication of Directive 2013/55/EUpdf of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 November 2013 amending Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications and Regulation (EU) No 1024/2012 on administrative cooperation through the Internal Market Information System (‘the IMI Regulation’)
20.12.2013Company Law
Conference “Taking Action: Promotion of Employee Share Ownership – Debating concrete policy options”, 30.01.2014
20.12.2013Free movement of professionals
Conference "Modernisation of the Professional Qualifications Directive: safe mobility"
20.12.2013Public Procurement
Conference on the new EU rules on procurement and concessions, 19.03.2014
19.12.2013Financial Services
Banking union: Council agrees general approach on Single Resolution Mechanism (MEMO/13/1186)
19.12.2013Accounting
New regulation adopting standards: Commission Regulation (EU) No 1375/2013 of 19 December 2013 amending Regulation (EC) No 1126/2008 adopting certain international accounting standards in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1606/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards International Accounting Standard 39 Text with EEA relevance (Amendments to International Financial Reporting Standard IAS 39)
19.12.2013Accounting
New regulation adopting standards: Commission Regulation (EU) No 1374/2013 of 19 December 2013 amending Regulation (EC) No 1126/2008 adopting certain international accounting standards in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1606/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards International Accounting Standard 36 Text with EEA relevance (Amendments to International Financial Reporting Standard IAS 36)
17.12.2013Banking
The European Parliament and EU Member States reached today a political agreement on the new rules on Deposit Guarantee Schemes (DGS) (MEMO/13/1176)
17.12.2013Auditing
The European Parliament and EU Member States reached a provisional agreement on the reform of the audit sector (MEMO/13/1771)
16.12.2013Securities
Commission adopts the Report on the evaluation of the Regulation (EU) No 236/2012 on short selling and certain aspects of credit default swaps
16.12.2013Financial Services
Appointment of Danièle Nouy as first Chairperson of the Supervisory Board of the Single Supervisory Mechanism. (MEMO/13/1155)
16.12.2013Copyright
Study on the application of Directive 2001/29/EC on copyright and related rights in the information society has been published
16.12.2013Postal services
Commission presents roadmap for completing the single market for parcel delivery (IP/13/1254)
12.12.2013Banking
European Parliament and EU Member States reached an agreement in trilogue on the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (MEMO/13/1140)
11.12.2013Insurances
The European Parliament and the Council adopt Commission proposal to postpone the application date of Solvency II
10.12.2013Retail financial services
The European Parliament confirmed today its willingness to make the mortgage credit sector subject to heightened consumer protection measures at EU level by approving the new rules on mortgage credit lending. (MEMO/13/1126)
09.12.2013Free movement of professionals
Results of the call for expression of interest in the introduction of the European Professional Cardpdf Choose translations of the previous link 
05.12.2013Copyright
European Commission launches a public consultation on the review of the EU copyright rules (IP/13/1213)
04.12.2013Auditing, Accounting
Commissioner Barnier welcomes trilogue agreement by Council and Parliament on the EU co-financing of EFRAG, IFRS Foundation and PIOB (MEMO/13/1093)

November

28.11.2013Enforcement of intellectual property rights
Proposal for a Directive on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets) against their unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure (IP/13/1176)
20.11.2013Gambling > Infringements
Commission requests Member States to comply with EU law when regulating gambling services (IP/13/1101)
20.11.2013Investment Funds, Infringements
Commission requests Portugal to apply EU rules (MEMO/13/1005)
20.11.2013Public Procurement, Infringements
Commission requests Greece to respect EU rules (MEMO/13/1005)
20.11.2013Postal services, Infringements
Commission requests Cyprus to apply EU rules (MEMO/13/1005)
20.11.2013Accounting
New regulation adopting standards: Commission Regulation (EU) No 1174/2013 of 20 November 2013 amending Regulation (EC) No 1126/2008 adopting certain international accounting standards in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1606/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards International Financial Reporting Standards 10 and 12 and International Accounting Standard 27 Text with EEA relevance (Amendments to International Financial Reporting Standards 10, 12, and IAS 27).
20.11.2013Free movement of professionals
The European Parliament and the Council adopted the modernisation of the Professional Qualifications Directive (Consolidated version of Directive 2005/36/EC)
19.11.2013Public Procurement
The European Parliament consents to the conclusion of the revised World Trade Organisation's Government Procurement Agreement (MEMO/13/1016)
14.11.2013Insurances
Commissioner Barnier welcomes trilogue agreement by Council and Parliament on the “Omnibus II” Directive (MEMO/13/992)
13.11.2013Copyright
The closing event of “Licences for Europe” took place today in Brussels. (IP/13/1072)
12.11.2013Accounting
Philippe Maystadt, special adviser to Commissioner Barnier, presents his recommendations for enhancing the EU’s role in international accounting standard-setting (IP/13/1065)
07.11.2013Financial Markets Infrastructure
The Commission intends not to endorse ESMA’s draft implementing technical standards submitted by ESMA on 7 August 2013 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1247/2012
06.11.2013Gambing
The Commission has just launched two studies related to the prevention and fight against betting-related match-fixing

October

30.10.2013Free movement of professionals
Conference “A Single Market for Lawyers: valuing achievements, tackling remaining challenges
28.10.2013Free movement of professionals
Webstreaming of the conference “A Single Market for Lawyers: valuing achievements, tackling remaining challenges”
23.10.2013Social Business
Second European Social Innovation Competition – The three winning projects will be awarded financial support of EUR 30,000.
23.10.2013Securities
The Commission sent a mandate to ESMA for advice on possible delegated acts concerning the Market Abuse Regulationpdf Choose translations of the previous link 
22.10.2013Insurances
Reorganisation measures – Decision on the measure to reorganise “LA VIE LIMITED GREEK HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANY” – OJ C309 of 22/10/2013 (OJ C309)
21.10.2013Free movement of professionals
The registration for the Conference: “A Single Market for Lawyers: valuing achievements, tackling remaining challenges” is now closed
21.10.2013Free movement of professionals
Communication from the Commission — Notification of evidence of formal qualifications — Directive 2005/36/EC on recognition of professional qualifications (Annex V)
18.10.2013Insurances
Winding-up proceedings — Decision to open winding-up proceedings in respect of apdrošināšanas akciju sabiedrību (AAS) ‘BALVA’ – OJ C299 of 15/10/2013 (OJ 299)
18.10.2013Internal Market
Single Market Forum in KrakowLive video stream (from 10 a.m.), 18.10.2013
18.10.2013Free movement of professionals
Call for expression of interest in the introduction of the European Professional Card
18.10.2013Internal Market
A Euronews TV debate at the European Parliament in Strasbourg brought Single Market Month to a close on the 23rd of October. The authors of five of the best ideas put forward during the Single Market Month debated their policy proposal with Commissioner Barnier. Watch the debate
17.10.2013Public Procurement, Infringements
Commission refers Poland to Court over illegal causes for exclusion of candidates from procurement procedures (IP/13/965)
15.10.2013Financial Services
Council gives final approval for the Single Supervisory Mechanism, the first pillar of the Banking Union (MEMO/13/899)
10.10.2013Social Business
Public consultation “Crowdfunding in Europe ? Exploring the added value of potential EU action”. The European Commission is launching a consultation to explore the added value of potential EU action. All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation that will be open from 3 October to 31 December 2013. Contributions are particularly sought from competent authorities, crowdfunding platforms, entrepreneurs and individuals who launched a crowdfunding campaign and citizens who contributed to such campaigns.
10.10.2013Social Business
Call for proposals "Supporting the demand and supply side of the market for social enterprise finance". Deadline for submitting of proposals: 15.11.2013.
09.10.2013Industrial Property, Copyright
On 30 September 2013, the Commission published a short brochure, entitled "Intellectual Property Rights: Europe's asset, Europe's priority"pdf Choose translations of the previous link .
09.10.2013Free movement of professionals
The European Parliament votes in favour of the modernisation of the Professional Qualifications Directive (MEMO/13/866)
09.10.2013Financial Markets Infrastructure
Preventing Downfall: The EU’s Role in Bank Capitalization after the Crisis – Speech by Director-General for Internal Market and Services Jonathan Faull at the Atlantic Council, in Washington DC.
07.10.2013Internal Market
What future for banks in the EU? Tell us your views (IP/13/xxx)
03.10.2013Financial Services
The European Commission has today launched a consultation inviting stakeholders to share their views about crowdfunding: its potential benefits, risks, and the design of an optimal policy framework to untap the potential of this new form of financing (IP/13/906)
02.10.2013Free movement of professionals
European Commission and Member States to assess barriers restricting access to regulated professions (IP/13/897)
02.10.2013Insurances
The Commission put forward a draft Directive postponing the application date of the Solvency II Directive to 1 January 2016 (MEMO/13/841)

September

30.09.2013Industrial Property, Copyright
Intellectual Property Rights: study indicates that roughly 35% of jobs in the EU rely on IPR-intensive industries (IP/13/889)
27.09.2013Internal Market
Citizens, stakeholders, and policy-makers debate the future of social rights in the EU (IP/13/847)
26.09.2013Services Directive, Infringements
Free movement of services: Commission requests Ireland to remove barriers to travel agents and tour operators (MEMO/13/820)
26.09.2013Accounting, Infringements
Financial reporting rules: Commission requests Romania to change accounting rules (MEMO/13/820)
20.09.2013Postal services
The final report of the “Study on the main developments in the postal sector (2010-2013)” WIK Consult/Jim Campbell (August 2013) and the final report of the “E-commerce and delivery - Study on the state of play of EU parcel markets with particular emphasis on e-commerce” - Copenhagen Economics (July 2013) have been posted on our website, see studies.
20.09.2013Internal Market
Single Market Month to kick off with debates on jobs (IP/13/847)
19.09.2013Social Business
Event: “Social entrepreneurs: have your say!”, Strasbourg, 16. to 17.01.2014
18.09.2013Insurances
Winding-up proceedings — Decision to initiate winding-up proceedings against ΔΙΕΘΝΗΣ ΕΝΩΣΙΣ Α.Α.Ε. (International Union Insurances SA) (OJ C269)
18.09.2013Securities
Commission proposes new measures to restore confidence in benchmarks following LIBOR and EURIBOR scandals (IP/13/841)
17.09.2013Internal Market
More information on your rights in the Single Market and better problem-solving (Your Europe & SOLVIT) (MEX/13/0917)
12.09.2013Financial Services
European Parliament vote confirms the creation of the Single Supervisory Mechanism for the eurozone (MEMO/13/781)
10.09.2013Securities
The European Parliament endorses the political agreement on new European rules for market abuse (MEMO/13/773)
10.09.2013Retail financial services
European Parliament confirms its willingness to make the mortgage credit sector subject to heightened consumer protection measures (MEMO/13/777)
09.09.2013Internal Market
Your ideas can change Europe: Join the online debate on the Single Market! #ideas4Europe (http://yourideasforeurope.eu)
06.09.2013Financial Markets Infrastructure
OTC Derivatives Regulators Group: Report to the G20 Heads of State summit of 5/6 September 2013pdf Choose translations of the previous link 
06.09.2013Free movement of professionals
It is now possible to register for the Conference: “A Single Market for Lawyers: valuing achievements, tackling remaining challenges”
04.09.2013Investment Funds, Financial Services
The Commission has today adopted a communication on shadow banking and proposed new rules for money market funds (MMFs) (IP/13/812)

August

19.08.2013Social Business
Winners of the 1st European Social Innovation Prize
19.08.2013Social Business
European Social Innovation Prize – Launch of the 2nd Competition – Milan, 11.10.2013
19.08.2013Social Business
Market testing for the implementation of the social entrepreneurship support under the EaSI programme (2014-2020) – information for potential fund managers The European Commission is launching a market testing exercise to find out if a call for the selection of a fund manager for the financial instruments in the area of social entrepreneurship finance to be established under the Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) would meet interest and qualified response. Potential fund managers can signal their interest and present their ability as fund manager.
13.08.2013Social Business
Youth in action programme: Publication (free) ”Young people and entrepreneurship: European good practice projects“
12.08.2013Social Business
Social entrepreneurs: Have Your Say! The European Commission, in partnership with the European Economic and Social Committee and the City of Strasbourg, launches in Strasbourg on 16th-17th January 2014 a large European interactive event on Social entrepreneurship and the social economy. This event is more than just another conference – its approach is unique and engaging, allowing participants to work during two days in a participatory way. You may already register for the event on the dedicated website. More: http://ec.europa.eu/social-entrepreneurs
08.08.2013Free movement of professionals
Conference: “A Single Market for Lawyers: valuing achievements, tackling remaining challenges”, 28.10.2013
07.08.2013Internal Market
Single Market Month: one month of online debates in 24 languages #ideas4Europe, 23.09. to 23.10.2013

July

30.07.2013Insurances
Decision regarding a reorganisation measure for ‘International Union Insurances’ (OJ C216)
24.07.2013Public Procurement
Towards a more competitive and efficient European defence security – The Commission issues a communication (IP/13/734)
24.07.2013Payment services
The Commission adopts new rules on Payment Services for the benefit of consumers and retailers (IP/13/730)
16.07.2013Banking
The CRD IV package which transposes – via a Regulation and a Directive – the new global standards on bank capital (commonly known as the Basel III agreement) into the EU legal framework, entered into force today. (MEX/13/0716)
12.07.2013Financial Markets Infrastructure
The European Commission adopted today a Delegated Regulation specifying the fees to be charged to trade repositories by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA).
12.07.2013Financial Markets Infrastructure
The European Commission has today adopted a delegated Regulation to include the central banks and debt management offices of Japan and the United States in the list of exempted entities under EMIR.
10.07.2013Financial Services
The European Commission has today made a proposal for a Single Resolution Mechanism for the Banking Union. (IP/13/674)
08.07.2013Social Business
Outline strategy and action plan for developing the social economy and promoting social entrepreneurship in Greecepdf Choose translations of the previous link : The first report of an expert steering group of Greek and European experts presents an outline strategy and action plan for developing the social economy and promoting social entrepreneurship in Greece as an integral part of a structural reform strategy. The report highlights the need to follow key implementation principles such as stakeholder involvement, transnational cooperation, diversity of legal forms and synergies between various actions.
04.07.2013Internal Market
Single Market Scoreboard website launched – new figures are now available online (IP/13/651)
02.07.2013Financial Markets Infrastructure
The European Commission and ESMA have informed the US Commodities and Futures Commission that a comparative analysis in respect of its entity and transaction level requirements will be sent by 5 July 2013 on behalf of the European Union.pdf(153 KB) Choose translations of the previous link 
01.07.2013Free movement of professionals
Council Directive 2013/25/EC of 13 May 2013 adapting certain directives in the field of right of establishment and freedom to provide services, by reason of the accession of the Republic of Croatia

June

28.06.2013Free movement of professionals
Communicationpdf from the Commission — Notification of evidence of formal qualifications — Directive 2005/36/EC on recognition of professional qualifications (Annex V)
27.06.2013Copyright
Commissioner Barnier welcomes new Treaty ensuring equal access to books for visually impaired and print disabled persons
26.06.2013Public Procurement
E-invoicing in public procurement: another step towards end-to-end e-procurement and e-government in Europe (IP/13/608)
26.06.2013Investment Funds
New Funds to make long-term investment easier: The European Commission has today proposed a new investment fund framework designed for investors who want to put money into companies and projects for the long term. These private European Long-Term Investment Funds (ELTIFs) would only invest in businesses that need money to be committed to them for long periods of time. (IP/13/605)
26.06.2013Accounting
Adoption of Directive 2013/34/EU on the annual financial statements, consolidated financial statements and related reports of certain types of undertakingspdf
21.06.2013Accounting
The Commission has published a call for tender to take stock of and to assess the effects of using international financial reporting standards (IFRS) in the EU. The deadline for receipt of tenders or requests to participate is 13 September 2013.
21.06.2013Public Procurement
Exclusion of water from the Concessions Directive: Statement by Commissioner Barnier
20.06.2013Retail financial services
The European Banking Authority's opinions on Good Practices for Responsible Mortgage Lending and on Good Practices for the Treatment of Borrowers in Mortgage Payment Difficulties are available here.
20.06.2013Financial Services
What is crowdfunding? And what is its potential for growth in Europe? To fully understand the opportunities and risks of this fast-growing field, the European Commission organized a workshop on the 3rd of June in Brussels. Watch the video produced by the Commission including interviews with Commissioner Barnier and crowdfunding users, platforms and networks.
20.06.2013Services Directive, Infringements
Commission brings proceedings against Hungary before the Court of Justice for restrictive conditions on the issuing of luncheon vouchers and other benefits in kind (IP/13/578)
20.06.2013Public Procurement, Infringements
Commission requests Italy to respect EU rules (MEMO/13/583)
20.06.2013Public Procurement, Infringements
Commission requests Romania to respect EU rules (MEMO/13/583)
20.06.2013Services Directive, Infringements
Commission asks Slovenia to respect EU rules (MEMO/13/583)
18.06.2013Securities
Stricter rules for credit rating agencies to enter into force (IP/13/555)
17.06.2013Services
Call for applicationspdf(49 KB) Choose translations of the previous link  for the High Level Group on Retail Competitiveness.  
17.06.2013Free movement of professionals
Workshop “Regulating access to professions: national perspectives”
14.06.2013Internal Market
Commission welcomes EIOPA report on Long-Term Guarantee Assessment for insurance sector (IP/13/547)
14.06.2013Financial Markets Infrastructure
The European Commission, in conjunction with the European Securities and Markets Authority, confirmed this week that it will apply to the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the CFTC) for a substituted compliance assessment to be undertaken on EU rules in respect of the CFTC’s entity level and transaction level requirements for swaps.
14.06.2013Insurances

EIOPA adopts technical findings on the Long-Term Guarantee Assessment, and Commission services publish a report on EIOPA’s work

12.06.2013Free movement of professionals
The European Parliament and the Council have reached an agreement today on the modernisation of the Directive on professional qualifications (MEMO/13/552)
12.06.2013Securities, Accounting
European Parliament endorses the new Accounting and Transparency Directives
12.06.2013Free movement of professionals
Workshop "Regulating access to professions: national perspectives" – webstreaming. Your attention is drawn to the fact that the webstream will cover the plenary session in the morning, the breakout session on crafts professions and the plenary debriefing. Webstream will be available in English, French, German and Italian. See also: Draft agendapdf Choose translations of the previous link 
06.06.2013Company Law
Single-Member Limited Liability Companies: the Commission launches a public consultation
03.06.2013Securities
Crowdfunding: which framework(s) should be set up at the European level in order to embrace its potential while minimising the risks? Speech by Commissionner Barnier at the workshop on crowdfunding. (SPEECH/13/492)

May

30.05.2013Social Business
Social economy and social entrepreneurship - Social Europe guide / Volume 4 (29/04/2013) The Social Europe guide is a bi-annual publication aimed at providing its audience with a concise overview of specific EU policy areas. It illustrates the key issues and challenges, explains policy actions and instruments at EU level and provides examples of best practices from EU Member States. The fourth volume in the series describes the vivid world of social economy organisations (such as cooperatives, associations, mutuals and foundations) as well as the more recent phenomenon of social entrepreneurship. It also reviews ways in which European and national policies support the social economy and social enterprise. The guide is available in printed format in English, French and German.
30.05.2013Accounting
Revision of the Transparency Directive: Commissioner Barnier welcomes the agreement reached by the European Parliament and the Council (MEMO/13/483)
30.05.2013Insurances, Infringements
Commission requests Greece to comply with EU law (MEMO/13/470)
30.05.2013Media, Infringements
Commission requests Poland to implement EU rules (MEMO/13/470)
28.05.2013Internal Market
Preparation of the Competitiveness Council of 29-30 May 2013 (MEMO/13/465)
27.05.2013Insurances
Commission launches a consultation on problems faced by service providers in obtaining insurance cover when providing services in another Member State on a temporary basis.
24.05.2013Financial Markets Infrastructure
The Tax Barriers Business Advisory Group (TBAG): Report on Workable Solutions for Efficient and Simplified Fiscal Compliance Procedures related to Post-trading within the EUpdf(868 KB) Choose translations of the previous link 
24.05.2013Internal Market
20 years ago, the European single market was born. Today, in a world which is more complex and uncertain, the need for unity has become even stronger... “Together for new growth” – Watch the film!
23.05.2013Insurances
Occupational Pension Funds – Next Steps: “I intend to present a proposal to improve the governance and transparency of occupational pension funds in the autumn. (...) This proposal will not cover the issue of solvency rules for pension funds”. Statement by Commissioner Barnier. (MEMO/13/454)
16.05.2013Financial Markets Infrastructure
Memo on the practical implementation of the EMIR framework to non-EU central counterparties (CCPs)pdf Choose translations of the previous link 
14.05.2013Social Business
Workshop 03 June 2013 – Brussels: ”Crowdfunding: Untapping its potential, reducing the risks“: What drives its growth and what are the obstacles to it? Can it help to fill the financing gap for small firms and start-ups? How do philanthropic, artistic and social projects use crowdfunding? What are the opportunities and risks in product pre-sales? How do peer-to-peer lending and equity-based crowd investment perform; what are their advantages and pitfalls? How to ensure the integrity of these models of crowdfunding and protect contributors? The European Commission, DG Internal Market and Services is organising a workshop to explore these issues and more related to crowdfunding.
08.05.2013Retail financial services
Commission acts to make bank accounts cheaper, more transparent and accessible to all (IP/13/415)
06.05.2013Free movement of professionals
Study “Evaluation of the Legal Framework for the Free Movement of Lawyers” (Final reportpdf Choose translations of the previous link )
02.05.2013Internal Market
Workshop on Crowdfunding, 03.06.2013

April

29.04.2013Public Procurement
Conference on e-procurement and e-invoicing in the EU, 18.09.2013
27.04.2013Insurances
Decision to make a winding-up order in respect of Hill Insurance Company Limited (OJ C122)
27.04.2013Insurances
Notification of winding up order and appointment of joint liquidators in respect of De Vert Insurance Company Limited (OJ C122)
25.04.2013Financial Services
The European Financial Stability and Integration Report (EFSIR), presented today by the Commission at a joint conference with the European Central Bank, shows that, despite improvements, the financial crisis continued to exert a significant impact in holding back economic growth in 2012. (IP/13/367)
24.04.2013Banking
Stakeholders meeting on Bank Structural Reform, 17.05.2013
23.04.2013Services
The Commission published today a report on progress made in the implementation of the e-commerce action plan it adopted in January 2012. (MEX/13/0423)
22.04.2013Retail financial services
Political agreement on the mortgage directive (MEMO/13/365)
19.04.2013Enforcement of intellectual property rights
Conference: “Jointly Building Resilient EU Responses to Counterfeiting”, 22.04.2013
18.04.2013Enforcement of intellectual property rights
33 companies and trade associations join in fight against the online sale of counterfeit goods (MEX/13/0418)
18.04.2013Enforcement of intellectual property rights
Conference: “Jointly Building Resilient EU Responses to Counterfeiting”, 22.04.2013
18.04.2013Financial Markets Infrastructure
OTC Derivatives Regulators Group report to the G-20 meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors of 18-19 April 2013pdf Choose translations of the previous link 
16.04.2013Accounting
Commission moves to enhance business transparency on social and environmental matters (IP/13/330)
16.04.2013Insurances
The European Commission today presented a strategy on adaptation to climate change. In a related measure, it also adopted a Green Paper on insurance in the context of natural and man-made disasters. This public consultation launches a wide debate on the adequacy and availability of existing insurance options (IP/13/329)
11.04.2013Internal Market
Single Market News Issue 65 is online
09.04.2013Public Procurement
Golden Book of e-Procurement Good Practices (MEX/13/0409)
09.04.2013Accounting
Statement by Commissioner Michel Barnier welcoming the agreement reached on disclosure requirements for the extractive industry and loggers of primary forests and on simpler accounting requirements for small companies (MEMO/13/323)
05.04.2013Accounting
New regulation adopting standards: Consolidated Financial Statements, Joint Arrangements and Disclosure of Interest in Other Entities: Transition Guidance Amendments to International Financial Reporting Standards 10, 11, and 12)

March

28.03.2013Insurances
Decision to make a winding-up order in respect of Lemma Europe Insurance Company Limited (OJ C92)
28.03.2013Insurances
Decision to launch winding-up proceedings in respect of EVIMA GROUP AAE (OJ C92)
28.03.2013Accounting
New regulation adopting standards: Annual Improvements to International Financial Reporting Standards, 2009–2011 Cycle
27.03.2013Industrial Property
Trade marks: Commission proposes easier access and stronger protection (IP/13/287)
25.03.2013Financial Markets Infrastructure
European Commission launches Green Paper on the long-term financing of the European economy (IP/13/274)
22.03.2013Public Procurement
Commission proposes to conclude the revised World Trade Organisation’s Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) (MEX/13/0322)
22.03.2013Industrial Property
Commission publishes a study on Geographical indication protection for non-agricultural products. (MEX/13/0322)
22.03.2013Financial Markets Infrastructure
OTC derivatives transactions: Commission adopts a report on the International Treatment of Central Banks and Debt Management Offices (MEX/13/0322)
22.03.2013Industrial Property
Public hearing on Geographical indication protection for non-agricultural products in the Internal market, 22.04.2013
21.03.2013Internal Market
Conference on the impact of on-going regulatory reforms on financial integration and stability, 25.04.2013
21.03.2013Free movement of capital, Infringements
Commission requests Bulgaria to respect EU rules (MEMO/13/261)
21.03.2013Public Procurement, Infringements
Defence Procurement: Commission requests Portugal to apply EU rules (MEMO/13/261)
21.03.2013Social Business
European Social Entrepreneurship Funds (EuSEF) and European Venture Capital Funds: vote/adoption by the co-legislator in March: The Commission adopted proposals for regulations on European Social Entrepreneurship Funds (EuSEF) and European Venture Capital Funds on 07.12.2011. On 12 March 2013 the European Parliament voted the legislative resolution on both files. The Council adopted the 2 regulations on 21 March 2013.
20.03.2013Financial Services
Public Hearing on Financial Supervision in the EU, 24.05.2013
19.03.2013Accounting
Commissioner Barnier appoints Philippe Maystadt as Special Adviser to enhance EU’s role in promoting high quality accounting standards (IP/13/242/)
13.03.2013Financial Markets Infrastructure
Joint EU Commission and ECB conference on “Post-trade harmonisation and financial integration in Europe”, 19.03.2013
11.03.2013Financial Markets Infrastructure
19/03/2013 – Joint EU Commission and ECB conference on “Post-trade harmonisation and financial integration in Europe”
08.03.2013Banking
The Commission has published the summary of responsespdf as well as individual replies to the consultation on a possible framework for the recovery and resolution of financial institutions other than banks.
08.03.2013Social Business
European Social Innovation Competition: 605 entries were received in the course of the first phase of the competition. 30 semi-finalists have now been selected for the second phase and will be offered two days of coaching. You can check them out and support their ideas on their profile page! Only 10 of them will make it to the final to compete for the 3 prizes of EUR 20,000. Follow us on Twitter: @EUSocialInnov #diogochallenge.
05.03.2013Accounting
New regulation adopting standards: amendments to IFRS 1

February

27.02.2013Social Business
Dormant patent: The Staff Working Document recently published by DG Enterprise and Industrypdf(203 KB) Choose translations of the previous link  analyses the major obstacles European companies and in particular SMEs, of which many are social enterprises, have to face in valorising existing patents, especially ‘dormant patents’. While describing the current European initiatives aimed at addressing issues in this area, it also outlines short- to medium- and long-term options for making better use of “dormant patents”. This document is available in English.
26.02.2013Insurances
Decision to open winding-up proceedings in respect of AIM Általános Biztosító Zrt. (AIM General Insurance Private Company Limited by Shares) (OJ C56)
26.02.2013Insurances
Decision to open winding-up proceedings in respect of Hill Insurance Company Limited (OJ C56)
25.02.2013Social Business
Services of general economic interest – updated guide: The European Commission services have published an updated guide explaining how EU rules in the fields of state aid, public procurement and the internal market apply to services of general economic interest (SGEI). The guide provides simple and comprehensive answers to the most frequent questions asked by public authorities, service users and providers and other stakeholders, many of which are social enterprises. The revision takes account of the new state aid rules on SGEI that the Commission adopted in December 2011 and April 2012, the so-called “Almunia” Package. The guide will be made available in all languages. The English version of the guide is already available.
21.02.2013Public Procurement
Call for applications: Forum Vergabe awards 10,000 € for best scientific paper on procurement law
20.02.2013Social Business
Second social innovation tournament launched by the European Investment Bank: The European Investment Bank launched the second edition of their Social Innovation Tournament on 14 February 2013. The Tournament seeks to promote the generation of innovative ideas and identify/reward opportunities promising substantial societal benefits or demonstrating best practices with tangible, scalable outcomes. The deadline for submission of proposals is 15 May 2013. More information and other key dates can be found on their website.
19.02.2013Internal Market
Internal Market Scoreboard: a record-breaking 15th anniversary edition! (IP/13/127)
19.02.2013Industrial Property
First Member States sign the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (see pictures of the event) (6590/13pdf)
15.02.201320th anniversary, Internal Market
Publication of the brochure 20 years of the Single Market, 20 achievements in transport
12.02.2013Public Procurement
A study-review evaluating the Common Procurement Vocabulary (CPV) was published (MARKT/2011/111/Cpdf Choose translations of the previous link )
08.02.2013Securities
The Commission has published today a summary of contributions to the public consultation on benchmarks which was held between September and the end of November 2012. (MEX/13/0208)
08.02.2013Copyright
Structured stakeholder dialogue “Licences for Europe”: the main purpose of this dialogue is to seek to deliver rapid progress in bringing content online through practical industry-led solutions. The initiative has been launched by Commissioners Barnier, Kroes and Vassiliou.
05.02.2013Payment services, Financial crime, Company Law
The Commission adopts two proposals to update and improve the EU’s existing legal framework designed to protect the financial system against money laundering and terrorist financing. (IP/13/87)
04.02.2013Financial crime, Company Law
Fighting money laundering and terrorist financing: new framework, future challenges” – European Commission Conference, Brussels, 15 March 2013
04.02.2013Company Law
Fighting money laundering and terrorist financing: new framework, future challenges, 15.03.2013
01.02.2013Free movement of professionals
Consolidated version of the annex V.4 (veterinary surgeon) of the Directive

January

31.01.2013Services
Commission adopts a European Retail Action Plan and consults on unfair trading practices (IP/13/78)
31.01.2013Copyright
Mediation on private copying and reprography levies: Antonió Vitorino presents his Recommendations (IP/13/80)
28.01.2013Social Business
Conference on "Social Business Initiative and Social Entrepreneurship" in Strasbourg – save the date in your calendar, 16. to 17.01.2014
28.01.2013Copyright
“Bringing online music within the reach of all Europeans”: Speech by Commissioner Barnier at the conference ’Music for everyone’ at MIDEM event in Cannes (SPEECH/13/54)
24.01.2013Public Procurement, Infringements
Commission requests Austria to apply EU rules (MEMO/13/22)
24.01.2013Free movement of professionals
Consolidated version of the annex V.7.1 of the Directive
17.01.2013Postal services
Final report of the “Study on the pricing behavior of postal operators and its effect on postal markets” is now available
17.01.2013Postal services
Final report of the “Study on the principles used to calculate the net costs of the postal USO” is now available
16.01.2013Securities
Tougher credit rating rules confirmed by European Parliament's vote (MEMO/13/13)
16.01.2013Insurances
Decision to open winding-up proceedings in respect of Lemma Europe Insurance Company Limited (OJ C12)
14.01.2013Company Law
Commission launches a consultation on the cross-border transfers of registered offices of companies

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