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02/10/2013 - Economy and the euro / Employment and social rights

The European Commission has proposed to create a new scoreboard to allow for better and earlier identification of major employment and social problems in the framework of the European Semester, the EU's yearly economic policy-making cycle.

30/09/2013 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The European Commission welcomed the publication of a study on Intellectual Property Rights, which was carried out jointly by the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM).

25/09/2013 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The two industrial Competitiveness reports published by the European Commission highlight that Member States have made progress in improving the business environment, exports and sustainability. However, many problems still remain.

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19/09/2013 - Economy and the euro

An estimated €193 billion in VAT revenues (1.5% of GDP) was lost due to non-compliance or non-collection in 2011, according to a new study on the VAT Gap in Member States.

18/09/2013 - Economy and the euro

The new rules will enhance the robustness and reliability of benchmarks, facilitate the prevention and detection of their manipulation and clarify responsibility for and the supervision of benchmarks by the authorities.

16/09/2013 - Economy and the euro / Statistics

Euro area inflation was 1.3% in August, down from 1.6% in July. A year earlier the rate was 2.6%. Monthly inflation was 0.1% in August 2013.

12/09/2013 - Economy and the euro

MEPs gave their green light to the EU bank supervision system which will bring some 150 of the EU's largest banks under the European Central Bank's direct oversight from September 2014.

10/09/2013 - Economy and the euro

New rules imposing tougher sanctions for manipulating financial markets, insider dealing or abuse of inside information were voted by the Parliament. These rules will also cover a wider range of trading venues and financial instruments than today's rules and they will apply directly in all member states, which should ensure a high level of investor protection in the EU.

05/09/2013 - Economy and the euro

The Governing Council of the ECB decided that the interest rate on the main refinancing operations and the interest rates on the marginal lending facility and the deposit facility will remain unchanged at 0.50%, 1.00% and 0.00% respectively.

04/09/2013 - Economy and the euro

The Commission has adopted a communication on shadow banking and proposed new rules for money market funds (MMFs). The communication is a follow-up to last year's Green Paper on Shadow Banking. It summarises the work undertaken so far by the Commission and sets out possible further actions in this important area.

14/08/2013 - Economy and the euro / Statistics

GDP rose by 0.3% in both the euro area and the EU27 during the second quarter of 2013, compared with the previous quarter, according to flash estimates published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

13/08/2013 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro / Statistics

In June 2013 compared with May 2013, seasonally adjusted industrial production grew by 0.7% in the euro area and by 0.9% in the EU27, according to estimates released by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

01/08/2013 - Economy and the euro

The Governing Council of the ECB decided that the interest rate on the main refinancing operations and the interest rates on the marginal lending facility and the deposit facility will remain unchanged at 0.50%, 1.00% and 0.00% respectively.

29/07/2013 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro / Justice and citizens’ rights

The European Commission has proposed to complete the legal framework for Europe-wide patent protection by updating EU rules on the jurisdiction of courts and recognition of judgements.

24/07/2013 - Economy and the euro

The Regulation on interchange fees, combined with the revised Payment Services Directive, will introduce maximum levels of interchange fees for transactions based on consumer debit and credit cards and ban surcharges on these types of cards.

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24/07/2013 - Economy and the euro / Justice and citizens’ rights

Fraud affecting the EU budget increased slightly in 2012 compared to 2011, according to the Commission's annual report on the "Protection of the EU's Financial Interests". On the expenditure side, in total, €315 million in EU funds were affected by fraud, or 0.25% of the expenditure budget.

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17/07/2013 - Economy and the euro / Justice and citizens’ rights

The European Commission is taking action to improve Union-wide prosecution of criminals who defraud EU taxpayers by establishing a European Public Prosecutor's Office.

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16/07/2013 - Economy and the euro / Statistics

Euro area annual inflation was 1.6% in June 2013, up from 1.4% in May. A year earlier the rate was 2.4%. Monthly inflation was 0.1% in June 2013.

11/07/2013 - Economy and the euro / Consumer affairs and public health / EU regional and urban development

A new study presented by the European Commission finds that the establishment of maritime zones, including Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs), in the Mediterranean would benefit the EU's Blue Growth and wider sustainability agendas.

10/07/2013 - Economy and the euro

The mechanism would complement the Single Supervisory Mechanism which, once operational in late 2014, will see the European Central Bank (ECB) directly supervise banks in the euro area and in other Member States which decide to join the Banking Union.

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