Official Journal (L Series): Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1902 of 7 November 2019 laying down technical information for the calculation of technical provisions and basic own funds for reporting with reference dates from 30 September 2019 until 30 December 2019 in accordance with Directive 2009/138/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the taking-up and pursuit of the business of Insurance and Reinsurance

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Agenda: Meeting of the EESC ECO section and public debate on The benefits of gender equality for the European economy (29 November 2019)

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Press Release: Africa-Europe Alliance: two new financial guarantees under the EU External Investment Plan

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Voting Result: Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on sustainability-related disclosures in the financial services sector (first reading)

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Voting Result: Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) 2016/1011 as regards EU Climate Transition Benchmarks, EU Paris-aligned Benchmarks and sustainability-related disclosures for benchmarks (first reading)

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Official Journal (L Series): Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/1866 of 3 July 2019 amending Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/653 to align the transitional arrangement for PRIIP manufacturers offering units of funds referred to in Article 32 of Regulation (EU) No 1286/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council as underlying investment options with the prolonged exemption period under that Article

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Event: Cooperative platforms: crowdfunding and new investment opportunities (Brussels, 02 December 2019)

With interest rates close to 0% or even negative, traditional savings instruments (savings accounts, bonds,…) no longer yield much. Fortunately, the legal framework has recently evolved and has enabled cooperative platforms to offer new forms of investment: crowdfunding, crowd lending or the sale of invoices allow the investor to finance companies directly on attractive terms.

Experts will present the evolution of the legal framework, the current market conditions, the amounts involved as well as the functioning of the platforms and how to proceed, both for investors and borrowers.

Progress on financial services legislative files

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Event: Finance Watch Annual Conference 2019 (Brussels, 19 November 2019)

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Event: Digitalisation and investment in intangible capital: the Spanish case within the EU (Madrid, 4 November 2019)

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Event: EFAMA Investment Management Forum 2019: Providing solutions, delivering value (Brussels, 21-22 November 2019)

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Official Journal (C Series): Special Report No 17/2019 Centrally managed EU interventions for venture capital: in need of more direction

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‘I/A’ Item Note: Draft REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on sustainability-related disclosures in the financial services sector (first reading)

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‘I/A’ Item Note: Draft REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL amending Regulation (EU) 2016/1011 as regards EU Climate Transition Benchmarks, EU Paris-aligned Benchmarks and sustainability-related disclosures for benchmarks (first reading)

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Paper: The new challenges raised by investment arbitration for the EU legal order

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Press Release: EU venture capital for SMEs: significant funding in need of more direction, say Auditors

The European Commission is due to allocate more than €3.3 billion to support investments in innovative start-ups through venture capital funds between 2014 and 2022, according to a new report by the European Court of Auditors (ECA). So far, however, the Commission has not yet carried out a comprehensive assessment of market needs or absorption capacity. Moreover, it has provided only limited evidence of the impact achieved, say the auditors.

REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL amending Regulation (EU) 2016/1011 as regards EU Climate Transition Benchmarks, EU Paris-aligned Benchmarks and sustainability-related disclosures for benchmarks

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REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on sustainability-related disclosures in the financial services sector

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP Plenary – Review of the Juncker Commission (22 October 2019)

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Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the exercise of the power to adopt delegated acts conferred on the Commission pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2015/1017 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 June 2015 on the European Fund for Strategic Investments, the European Investment Advisory Hub and the European Investment Project Portal and amending Regulations (EU) No 1291/2013 and (EU) No 1316/2013 — the European Fund for Strategic Investments as amended by Regulation (EU) 2017/2396 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 December 2017 amending Regulations (EU) No 1316/2013 and (EU) 2015/1017 as regards the extension of the duration of the European Fund for Strategic Investments as well as the introduction of technical enhancements for that Fund and the European Investment Advisory Hub

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Press Release: EIOPA launches call for research proposals

The ongoing policy and regulatory debates related to the European financial system have been increasingly focused on beyond banking topics including insurance and pension sectors. Many questions which need to be addressed require both appropriate theoretical foundations as well as deep empirical analysis. In this respect, the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) is launching a call for research proposals aiming at addressing open questions related to Investment allocations of insurers and pension funds; Liquidity stress testing in the insurance sector; Early warning systems in insurance; Systemic relevance of insurance sector and its interlinkages with financial and real sectors; Economic valuation of insurers’ liabilities; best estimate and risk margin.

Event: Combining EU Structural and Cohesion Funds with other Forms of Financial Support – Grants, Financial Instruments, EFSI, Connect Europe and InvestEU in 2021-2027 (Brussels, 13-14 November 2019)

This seminar-workshop examines the mixing of grant and loan funding, with guarantees. In particular, we will describe how Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund might be used alongside the EFSI instrument, the European Fund for Strategic Investment (part of the “Juncker Plan”). EFSI, working with regular EIB loans, exists to lever private funding into projects with a higher degree of risk. We also look at combining ESI Funds with the CONNECT Europe facility, and EFSI.

Press Release: Upcoming special report on the EU’s centrally managed interventions for venture capital

On Thursday 24 October 2019, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) will publish a special report on the EU’s centrally managed interventions for venture capital. The auditors examined six venture capital interventions the European Commission set up since 1998 in the area of enterprise, industry and research, including the EU guarantee for EFSI’s SME window. They assessed whether the Commission made good use of its instruments, whether the European Investment Fund (EIF) – which manages the EU-backed venture capital interventions on behalf of the Commission – implemented them properly and whether they mobilised funds from public and private investors.

UPDATED – Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL amending Regulation (EU) 2016/1011 on low carbon benchmarks and positive carbon impact benchmarks

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