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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

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

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

Leterme: Policymakers must promote long-term investment

Yves Leterme, former Belgian Prime Minister and Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD, discusses European growth, long-term investment, private equity and what should be on global and European policymakers’ agendas in … Continue reading

November 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

EU-US clash over financial services in TTIP

The US Ambassador to the EU told the European Commissioner for Trade today (15 May) that there is hardly any chance that financial services will be included in a future Transatlantic … Continue reading

November 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

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