Draft Agenda: European Parliament Plenary Session (9 – 12 March 2020)

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Official Journal (C Series): Agreement of 22 January 2020 between the European Central Bank and the national central banks of the Member States outside the euro area amending the Agreement of 16 March 2006 between the European Central Bank and the national central banks of the Member States outside the euro area laying down the operating procedures for an exchange rate mechanism in stage three of Economic and Monetary Union2020/C 32 I/01

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Agenda: EP EMPL Committee Meeting (28 January 2020)

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Roadmap and Public Consultation: Financial services – EU regulatory framework for crypto-assets (Proposal for a Regulation)

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Roadmap and Public Consultation: Digital Operational Resilience of Financial Services (DORFS) Act (Proposal for a Regulation)

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European Supervisory Authorities: powers, governance and funding

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Speech: A tale of two money markets: fragmentation or concentration

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Paper: Investigating the impact of global stablecoins

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UPDATED – Agenda: Coreper 2 Meeting (4 September 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ECON Committee – Exchange of views with representatives of the European Commission and the European Banking Authority on the state of the implementation of anti-money laundering legislation (5 September 2019)

A summary of the exchange of views is now available.

Press Release: VAT Gap: EU countries lost €137 billion in VAT revenues in 2017

EU countries lost €137 billion in Value-Added Tax (VAT) revenues in 2017 according to a study released by the European Commission today. The so-called ‘VAT Gap’ – or the overall difference between the expected VAT revenue and the amount actually collected – has reduced somewhat compared to previous years but remains very high. This substantial VAT Gap again highlights the need for comprehensive reform of the EU VAT rules, as proposed in 2017 by the Commission, and increased cooperation between Member States to clamp down on VAT fraud and to make the rules work for legitimate businesses and traders. The VAT Gap measures the effectiveness of VAT enforcement and compliance measures in each Member State, as it provides an estimate of revenue loss due to fraud and evasion, tax avoidance, bankruptcies, financial insolvencies as well as miscalculations.

Publication: 20 Years of European Economic and Monetary Union: Selected takeaways from the ECB’s Sintra Forum

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Press Release: Euro banknote counterfeiting decreased further in the first half of 2019

Some 251,000 counterfeit euro banknotes were withdrawn from circulation in the first half of 2019, a decrease of 4.2% when compared with the second half of 2018 and 16.6% less than in the first half of 2018. The likelihood of receiving a counterfeit is very small indeed as the number of counterfeits remains very low compared with the number of genuine banknotes in circulation, which has risen steadily at rates in excess of GDP growth since they were first introduced. In 2018 the number and value of euro banknotes in circulation grew by around 5.6% and 5.2%, respectively. There are now over 22 billion euro banknotes in circulation, with a total value of around €1.2 trillion.

UPDATED – Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council concerning the implementation and the results of the Pericles 2020 programme for the protection of the euro against counterfeiting in 2018

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UPDATED – Agenda: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (14 May 2019)

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Speech: Sabine Lautenschläger: Euro Cyber Resilience Board for pan-European Financial Infrastructures

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Press Release: ​€24 million cryptocurrency theft unraveled with Eurojust’s support

The UK and Dutch national authorities, in a joint operation with Eurojust and Europol, arrested 6 people as part of an ongoing investigation into a €24 million cryptocurrency theft. The suspects were arrested following simultaneous search warrants that were carried out in Charlcombe, Bath, Trowbridge, UK, as well as Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The thieves are suspected of targetting users’ bitcoin tokens, affecting at least 4 000 victims in 12 countries; these numbers are expected to grow further. With the active support of Eurojust and Europol, the authorities seized a larger number of electronic devices, equipment and valuable assets.

Press Release: Big tech in finance: opportunities and risks

The entry of large technology firms (“big techs”) such as Alibaba, Amazon, Facebook, Google and Tencent into financial services, including payments, savings and credit, could make the sector more efficient and increase access to these services, but also introduces new risks, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) writes in its Annual Economic Report.

In-Depth Analysis: Mapping threats to peace and democracy worldwide: Introduction to the Normandy Index

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.

Directive (EU) 2018/843 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2018 amending Directive (EU) 2015/849 on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purposes of money laundering or terrorist financing, and amending Directives 2009/138/EC and 2013/36/EU

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