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EU law could boost ‘safe’ securitisation

The European Commission will consider reducing how much capital banks must hold against risk for a new class of asset-backed securities, a process of packaging and selling loans blamed for the financial crisis. EurActiv understands … Continue reading

March 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Drive for EU public registers of company owners falls short

EU governments have agreed to create centralised registers of company owners, but stopped short of making them public or applicable to all kinds of trusts, after ambassadors struck a compromise … Continue reading

January 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Growing share of European development aid disguised as loans

EXCLUSIVE: About a third of German, and more than half of French development aid payments made since 2005 were in fact loans to poorer countries on which they will receive interests, EurActiv … Continue reading

December 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Gender equality and environment laws on business lobby hit list

EXCLUSIVE: EU legislation to ensure gender equality on company boards, to extend maternity leave, and to reduce air pollution and landfill should be killed off, a leading business lobby organisation … Continue reading

November 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Financial services off the table at next round of TTIP talks

Financial services will remain off the negotiating table in the next round of talks over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), according to a leaked draft of the European … Continue reading

November 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

UK must puncture property bubble, Commission warns

The United Kingdom must curb rapidly rising property prices, particularly in London, and raise taxes rather than just slash spending, to increase its resilience to financial shocks, the European Commission warned yesterday … Continue reading

November 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Hybrid loans tax loophole worth billions of euros closed

EU finance ministers meeting today (20 June) have closed loophole exploited by multinationals to pay little or no tax worth billions of euros, after Malta dropped its objections to a compromise … Continue reading

November 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Malta keeping tax loophole open after Sweden drops opposition

Malta is the only member state stopping a tax loophole costing billions of euros being closed, after Sweden dropped its opposition to a EU finance ministers’ agreement to stop multinational … Continue reading

November 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Sweden slammed for keeping EU tax loophole open

Sweden came under fire Wednesday (7 May) for blocking a political agreement among EU finance ministers that would allow the closing of a loophole costing European taxpayers millions ofeuros. Campaigners called for … Continue reading

November 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

UK, Sweden attack FTT statement by euro nations

The United Kingdom and Sweden attacked the bloc of EU nations pressing ahead with a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) after the group announced plans for the levy at Tuesday’s (6 … Continue reading

November 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

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