The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published its Annual Report, which reviews its achievements against its 2018 priorities and objectives in meeting its mission of enhancing investor protection and promoting stable and orderly financial markets in the European Union.
Update – the Communication ‘Deepening Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union: Taking stock four years after the Five Presidents’ Report’ is now available.
Ahead of the Euro Summit on 21 June 2019, the European Commission today takes stock of the progress made to deepen Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union since the Five Presidents’ Report and calls on Member States to take further concrete steps.
Update: The press release has been updated to reflect final approved version of the Communication
Efforts to reduce risks in the EU banking sector are bearing fruit, according to new figures released by the European Commission today.
In its fourth progress report on the reduction of non-performing loans (NPLs), the Commission today confirms that NPL levels are continuing their downward trajectory towards pre-crisis levels. The ratio of NPLs in EU banks has come down by more than half since 2014, declining to 3.3% in the third quarter of 2018 and down by 1.2 percentage points year-on-year.
Working Paper Series No 2288 / June 2019
The ‘Normandy Index’ aims to measure the level of conflict in the world. It is to be presented for the first time on the occasion of the Normandy Global Peace Forum in June 2019, as a result of the partnership between the European Parliament and the region of Normandy. The Index has been designed and prepared by the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) and developed by the Institute for Economics and Peace.
Bruegel, the Centre for Economic Policy Research, and the European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics are co-hosting this event about the aftermath of the 2008 economic crisis. The legacy of the crisis is stronger and better capitalized banks, as well as regulators and supervisors with increased clout who pay more attention to systemic risk. However, the crisis has also left us with high leverage in advanced economies, especially in terms of sovereign dept over GDP. At the same time, interest rates are at very low levels. All of this, together with the digital disruption of the sector, poses formidable challenges for the banking industry.
The Key Attributes of Effective Resolution Regimes for Financial Institutions issued by the Financial Stability Board (FSB) are a core element of the policy measures adopted by the G20 in the wake of the Great Financial Crisis to address the problem of financial institutions (FIs) that are “too big to fail.” Those measures represent a two-pronged strategy to reduce both the probability and the impact of failure of systemically important FIs (SIFIs).
Prepared by Giovanni Covi, Mattia Montagna and Gabriele Torri.