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28/01/2014 - Economy and the euro

The Council adopted a decision establishing the existence of an excessive deficit in Croatia. It also adopted a directive aimed at creating a single market for mortgage credits.  

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20/01/2014 - Economy and the euro

Member States' tax provisions are to be scrutinised to ensure that they do not discriminate against mobile EU citizens, in a targeted initiative launched by the Commission.

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16/01/2014 - Economy and the euro / Statistics

Euro area annual inflation was 0.8% in December 2013, down from 0.9% in November. A year earlier the rate was 2.2%. Monthly inflation was 0.3% in December 2013.

15/01/2014 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The European Commission has adopted new guidelines setting out the conditions under which Member States can grant aid to facilitate access to finance by European SMEs and companies with a medium capitalization (the so-called "midcaps").

15/01/2014 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

New EU rules on public procurement and concession contracts approved by Parliament will ensure better quality and value for money when public authorities buy or lease works, goods or services.

09/01/2014 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The Commission has adopted a proposal to give an extra transition period of six months during which payments which differ from the SEPA format can still be accepted so as to ensure minimal disruption for consumers and businesses.

09/01/2014 - Economy and the euro / Statistics

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 0.25%, 0.75% and 0.00% respectively.

06/01/2014 - Economy and the euro

Latvia adopted the euro on 1 January, thus becoming the 18th member of the euro area. The changeover is proceeding according to plan.

19/12/2013 - Economy and the euro

The Council agreed a general approach on a proposed single resolution board and a single fund for the resolution of banks.

17/12/2013 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

Compared to last year, European SMEs are becoming more resource efficient and are contributing substantially to the transition towards a low-carbon economy, according to the results of the 2013 Eurobarometer survey on "SMEs, resource efficiency and green markets".

16/12/2013 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The Commission has adopted a communication on completing the single market for parcel delivery to boost e-commerce in the EU, and to ensure that e-retailers and consumers have access to affordable and high-quality parcel delivery services.

12/12/2013 - Economy and the euro

Anyone legally residing in the EU should have the right to open a basic payment account, and this right should not be denied on grounds of nationality or place of residence, said MEPs voting on draft EU legislation.

11/12/2013 - Economy and the euro

The Council updated its position on bank recovery and resolution and deposit guarantee schemes in the light of on-going negotiations with the European Parliament.

05/12/2013 - Economy and the euro / Statistics

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 0.25%, 0.75% and 0.00% respectively.

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02/12/2013 - Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs

Today's decision marks the end of two and a half years of negotiations and allows the new generation of EU spending programmes to be implemented as from 1 January 2014.

25/11/2013 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The proposal will close loopholes in the Parent-Subsidiary Directive, which some companies have been using to escape taxation. In particular, companies will no longer be able to exploit differences in the way intra-group payments are taxed across the EU to avoid paying any tax at all.

15/11/2013 - Economy and the euro / Statistics

Euro area annual inflation was 0.7% in October 2013, down from 1.1% in September. A year earlier the rate was 2.5%. Monthly inflation was -0.1% in October 2013.

15/11/2013 - Economy and the euro

The European Commission today presented a major package of budgetary surveillance announcements, covering 13 euro area Member States and 3 non-euro Member States, with a special focus also on the euro area as an economic entity in its own right.

14/11/2013 - Culture, education and youth / Economy and the euro

The new Cinema Communication allows aid for a wider scope of activities, highlights Member States' discretion in defining cultural activities worthy of support, introduces the possibility to give more aid to cross-border productions and promotes film heritage.

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