UPDATED – Agenda: General Affairs Council (16 September 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Informal meeting of Ministers for Economic and Financial Affairs (ECOFIN) and Eurogroup (13-14 September 2019)

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UPDATED – Press Release: EU Finance Ministers will meet in Helsinki to discuss climate change action and the financial sector’s resilience to hybrid threats

Enhanced action on climate change and the financial sector’s resilience to hybrid threats will be key themes when the EU member states’ finance ministers gather in Helsinki on 13–14 September for the Informal Meeting of Ministers for Economic and Financial Affairs.

Report: Joint Committee Report on Risks And Vulnerabilities in the EU Financial System

The 2019 Autumn ESAs’ report highlights the following risks as potential sources of instability: Uncertainties around the terms of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union; Persistently low interest rates, which combined with flattening yield curves, put pressure on the profitability and returns of financial institutions, incentivise search-for-yield strategies and increase valuation risks; and Transition to a more sustainable economy and environmental, social and governance (ESG) related risks, leading to possible challenges to the viability of business models with high exposures to climate sensitive sectors.

Press Release: Eurogroup and informal ECOFIN meetings, 13 and 14 September 2019

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UPDATED – Agenda: Meeting of the CETA Financial Services Committee (12 June 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Coreper 2 Meeting (11 September 2019)

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Event: Conference on “Sustainability and Competition Policy: Bridging two Worlds to Enable a Fairer Economy” (Brussels, 24 October 2019)

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Press Release: ESMA published responses to survey on short-termism in the financial sector

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ECON Committee – Economic dialogue and exchange of views with Mika Lintilä, ECOFIN Chair and Minister for Finance of Finland (04 September 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ECON Committee – Economic policies of the euro area 2019 (05 September 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ITRE Committee – Exchange of views with Ms Ditte Juul-Jørgensen, Director-General in DG Energy (3 September 2019)

A summary of the exchange of views on the State of the Energy Union and the state of play as regards the National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) for 2021-2030 is now available.

Speech: VP Dombrovskis: Keynote at the European Parliamentary Financial Services Forum reception

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Press Release: Lagarde sets out her stall to MEPs in Economics and Monetary Affairs Committee

Christine Lagarde on Wednesday presented what her priorities would be for the European Central Bank were she to be confirmed as its President.

Throughout most of the morning, Ms Lagarde fielded questions from committee MEPs during a hearing intended to judge her suitability for the post of President of the European Central Bank (ECB).

Press Release: ING agrees Pan-Benelux loan with EIB for sustainable investments by business enterprises

ING and the European Investment Bank (EIB) are making EUR 400 million available for investments by business enterprises in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. For businesses in these countries, the EIB’s involvement means that they benefit from a lower interest rate. Loans will specifically be focused on supporting business enterprises making investments in sustainable projects.

UPDATED – Agenda: Working Party on Energy (3 September 2019)

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Agenda: Budget Committee (Helsinki, 9-11 September 2019)

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Press Release: SG Finans to increase SME lending with EIB support

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Call for Tender: Study on Sustainability Ratings and Research

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Agenda: Working Party on Financial Services (Attachés) (3 September 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: Joint EP ENVI/DEVE Committee – Exchange of views with Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development (23 July 2019)

A summary of the meeting, with a focus on environment and climate change, is now available.

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

Update – the minutes of the meeting are 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.

Press Release: ESMA advises on credit rating sustainability issues and sets disclosure requirements test

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), the EU’s securities markets’ regulator, has published today its technical advice on sustainability considerations in the credit rating market and its final guidelines on disclosure requirements applicable to credit ratings.

Speech: Vice-President Katainen on behalf of President Juncker at the Plenary Session of the European Parliament on the Finnish Presidency of the Council of Ministers

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