Press Release: ESMA readies stress testing requirements for money market funds test

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today issued two sets of guidelines regarding the stress testing of money market funds and reporting on money market funds to national competent authorities (NCAs), aimed at ensuring a coherent application of the Money Market Fund (MMF) Regulation.

Commissioners’ Weekly Activities (22 July – 28 July 2019)

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Special Report: EU institutions generally well equipped to deal with unethical conduct, but rules should be further improved, say Auditors

Overall, the European Parliament, Council and Commission have put in place adequate ethical frameworks, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. But the auditors also identified certain areas where the coverage, specificity, clarity and level of guidance could be improved and harmonised, as well as examples of best practice. In addition, staff awareness and perception of the ethical framework and culture should be strengthened, say the auditors.

UPDATED – Agenda: Expert Group in the field of VAT – Administrative Cooperation (30 April 2019)

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Draft Agenda: European Parliament Plenary Session (16-19 September 2019)

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Press Release: Government debt up to 85.9% of GDP in euro area

At the end of the first quarter of 2019, the government debt to GDP ratio in the euro area (EA19) stood at 85.9%, compared with 85.1% at the end of the fourth quarter of 2018. In the EU28, the ratio increased from 80.0% to 80.7%. However, compared with the first quarter of 2018, the government debt to GDP ratio fell in both the euro area (from 87.1% to 85.9%) and the EU28 (from 81.6% to 80.7%).

Comitology Meeting: Committee for the Common Organisation of the Agricultural Markets (26 July 2019)

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EP Letter: European Parliament – Unfinished business

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Market Access Database Market Access Database (Tariffs, Formalities & New or Resolved Barriers) (15 – 19 July 2019)

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Press Release: EBA publishes Report on regulatory perimeter, regulatory status and authorisation approaches in relation to FinTech activities

The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today the findings of its analysis on the regulatory framework applicable to FinTech firms when accessing the market. The Report illustrates the developments on the regulatory perimeter across the EU, the regulatory status of FinTech firms, and the approaches followed by competent authorities when granting authorisation for banking and payment services.

Press Release: VAT Cross Border Rulings (CBR)

A pilot project has been set up to allow taxable persons to obtain advance rulings on the VAT treatment of complex cross-border transactions. Several Member States are participating in this project, set up by the EU VAT Forum. Taxable persons envisaging cross-border transactions between two or more of the participating Member States can request for such a ruling with regard to the VAT treatment of the transactions they foresee.

UPDATED – Final Draft Agenda: European Parliament Plenary Session (15 – 18 July 2019)

Update: the European Parliament published the ‘At a Glance: Plenary round-up – Strasbourg, July II 2019’ and the Plenary Highlights.

On 16 July, there will be a statement by the candidate for President of the Commission followed by a debate, and Council and Commission statements on the review of the Romanian Presidency. The election of the President of the Commission will also take place.

On 17 July, there will be Council and Commission statements on the presentation of the activities of the Finnish Presidency, followed by a vote on the numerical strength of the interparliamentary delegations, and an announcement of appointments to interparliamentary delegations. There will also be Council and Commission statements on the clean air zones in EU cities.

Official Journal (C Series): Euro exchange rates

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UPDATED – Agenda: General Affairs Council (21 May 2019)

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Agenda: Working Party on Energy (3 September 2019)

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Debates, Vote Results and Texts Adopted: European Parliament Plenary Session (15-18 July 2019)

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UPDATE – Agenda: Economic And Financial Affairs Council (9 July 2019)

Update – the outcome of the Council Meeting is now available.

Agenda items include a debate on the state of play on own resources, an exchange of views on the presentation of the Presidency Work Programme, adoption of the Council Recommendation on the appointment of the President of the European Central Bank, adoption of the Country-Specific Recommendations for the European Semester, and information from the Netherlands delegation on aviation taxation and carbon pricing.

UPDATED – Agenda: Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (8 July 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: General Affairs Council (18 July 2019)

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