Issue 29 | December 2013

Licences for Europe: industry pledges solutions to make more content available in the Digital Single Market

At the closing event of the Licences for Europe stakeholder dialogue, brokered by the European Commission in Brussels on 13 November, Licences for Europe participants made pledges to overcome problems European citizens may face in four areas: cross-border access and portability of services; user-generated content and micro-licensing; audiovisual heritage and text and data mining.

Licences for Europe has proved that stakeholder dialogue can present concrete solutions to the challenges of the Digital Single Market. Initiatives presented today are a fast track to bring more online content to all Europeans. But our work is not over. We want to monitor the implementation of these pledges to ensure they are kept and truly make a difference in real life. And we will make sure that our future policies help share and reward creation in the single market.

Latest news »« TOP
Commissioner Barnier welcomes European Parliament consent to the conclusion of the revised World Trade Organisation's Government Procurement Agreement

"I welcome today's decision by the European Parliament to give its consent to the conclusion of the revised World Trade Organisation's Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) - the only legally binding agreement in the WTO on the subject of government procurement. This will ensure that GPA Parties will further open up their domestic public procurement markets to EU bidders. In addition this will make public procurement rules more transparent. I look forward to a rapid conclusion of the revised GPA by the Council before the Bali Ministerial Conference."

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European Parliament and EU Member States reached an agreement in trilogue on the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive

"I welcome the trilogue agreement reached tonight between the European Parliament and EU Member States on the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive. This is a fundamental step towards the completion of the Banking Union.(...) This law, which applies to all 28 Member States, is an essential piece of the financial regulatory framework that we are building piece by piece for all banks of the European Union in order to draw the lessons from the crisis. Ensuring that failing banks can be wound down in a predictable and efficient way with minimum recourse to public money is fundamental to restoring confidence in Europe's financial sector. With these new rules in place, massive public bail-outs of banks and their consequences for taxpayers will finally be a practice of the past."

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Financing of the real economy: essential for a return to growth in Europe

On 13 December 2013, Commissioner Barnier gave a speech at the fourth annual Entretiens du Trésor in Paris: "Funding of the economy is one of the key elements in returning Europe to higher levels of growth, and is necessary to respond to the problems that many SMEs face in getting their businesses off the ground."

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The Greek EU presidency: an opportunity for Greece and for Europe

On 28 November 2013, Commissioner Barnier gave a speech at a round table bringing together representatives of the economic and financial sector in Athens: "The real objective (...) of the European project is to enable people to live in peace, to live with dignity, to live a better life. This ideal is threatened by the current crisis, by the level of unemployment, the suffering of families and the despair to which this often leads. This is what we must overcome. Not only here in Greece but also in the rest of Europe."

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Intellectual property and modernisation of the business environment: two drivers of competitiveness in Europe

On 25 November 2013, Commissioner Barnier gave a speech to the European Parliament Legal Affairs Committee: "Europe is, and must remain, a breeding ground for creativity, research and innovation."

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  Social Entrepreneurs: Have Your Say!
Visits and Missions »« TOP
Commissioner Barnier, Paris – 5 November 2013

During his visit to Paris, Commissioner Barnier participated in the EuroDefence Conference at the Institute of High Studies on National Defence (IHEDN). He shared his views on the perspectives for European Defence in the context of the coming European Council of December. Two recent elements may change the minds of European leaders: first, the financial and economic crisis has raised budgetary constraints on Member States which is a threat to the strategic autonomy Europe needs to act as a security provider in the world. Second, the reorientation of the American foreign policy towards the Pacific implies that Europeans will have to reorganize themselves to guarantee their own safety and independence. Commissioner Barnier hopes the discussions of the European Council in December will bring a new step to the building of a real European Defence. According to him, pooling demand and developing cooperation programs, as well as a stronger EDITB (European industrial and technological base) are key elements.

Commissioner Barnier, Cyprus – 8 November 2013

At the occasion of his visit to Nicosia, Commissioner Barnier had meetings with President Anastasiades, Minister of Finance Mr Georgiades, President of the House of Representatives Mr Omirou, Minister for Energy, Trade, Industry and Tourism Mr Lakkotrypi and Governor of the Central Bank of Cyprus Mr Demetriades. The main issues for discussion were the great progresses made by Cyprus in meeting the requirements of the assistance program as well as the future of the country's economy within the Banking Union. Commissioner Barnier discussed the major challenges faced by Cyprus: the lack of growth, unemployment, especially among young people. He encouraged the Cypriot government to restore the financial stability and a durable economic model by taking advantage of the benefits of the Internal Market.

Commissioner Barnier, Frankfurt – 20 November 2013

On the 20th November the third annual EIOPA Conference was held in Frankfurt. At the invitation of Mr Bernardino (Chairman of EIOPA), Commissioner Barnier made the closing remarks. He congratulated the European Parliament and the Council which finally reached agreement on the Omnibus II Directive, the last milestone to the Solvency II framework. He recalled how this work would not have been possible without essential actors such as the EIOPA and the Lithuanian Presidency. Nevertheless, Commissioner Barnier recalled that one year remained of this Commission's mandate and that important work still needed to be done as regards the transparency and supervision of pension funds and long-term investment in the EU. He also pointed out that, in June 2012, the Commission had proposed a revision of the Insurance Mediation Directive, a directive which was very important to the consumer, but had currently been crowded out from the legislative agenda. Hopefully, work will continue under the Greek Presidency.

Consultations »« TOP
  05.12.2013  -  05.02.2014Intellectual Property, CopyrightPublic Consultation on the review of the EU copyright rules

  03.10.2013  -  31.12.2013Financial ServicesCrowdfunding in the EU - Exploring the added value of potential EU action

News from the Parliament »« TOP
Strasbourg plenary week (18-21 November 2013)


  • Multiannual financial framework 2014-2020
  • Key information documents for investment products
  • Government procurement agreement
  • European defense

See also:
  Website: IMCO (Internal Market Committee)
  Website ECON (Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee)

For your diary »Latest publications »Question of the Month »
  from 19 to 20 December 2013
European Council meeting - Security and Defence

  from 16 to 17 January 2014
Event: “Social entrepreneurs: have your say!”, Strasbourg

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