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22 October 2015

Brexit 'Weekly'

Completing EMU, political convergence in the euro area, eurozone reform, Brexit, CMU, anti-money laundering, ECB's euro area bank lending survey, EU budget and more.

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  Articles from 15 October 2015 - 22 October 2015

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114th Brussels for Breakfast
Hosted by the BBA and organised by the CSFI – with Graham Bishop. Main topics included: Brexit, Capital Markets Union and financial supervision architecture.  View Article
Completing Europe's Economic and Monetary Union: Commission takes concrete steps to strengthen EMU
The package of measures adopted include the introduction of an advisory European Fiscal Board; a more unified representation of the euro area in the IMF, and specifies the steps towards completing the Banking Union, notably via a European Deposit Insurance Guarantee Scheme.  View Article
ECB's Cœuré: Towards a political convergence process in the euro area
The Europeans need to define a new convergence process which is political in nature, involving converging economic structures and more integrated markets. This requires a revived political narrative for euro area integration, and a coherent European social contract.  View Article
EurActiv: Juncker and Draghi fail to win support for euro zone reform
The piecemeal approach orchestrated by Jean-Claude Juncker and Mario Draghi to address the root causes of the euro zone debt crisis and complete the Economic and Monetary Union has not yielded any positive results so far.  View Article
Bank of England: EU membership and the Bank of England
This report analyses how membership of the EU affects the Bank of England’s ability to fulfil its objectives. The BoE concludes that overall, the openness of the UK economy has almost certainly increased as a result of EU membership, and that necessary EU reform must safeguard non-euro members.   View Article
CEBR: The impact of the UK being in the Single Market
Staying in Europe could add £58bn a year to the UK economy and bring 790,000 jobs to Britain, according to a new independent study by the Centre for Economics and Business Research commissioned by Britain Stronger in Europe.  View Article
Carnegie Europe: The Real Reason for EU Treaty Change
If Europeans want to enable the EU to cope with the existential crises around it, they need to expand the union by revising its treaties, while keeping nations intact. European integration has to be built in line with national interests, and under a different kind of organization.  View Article
Fondation Robert Schuman: What Fair Deal between UK and EU Member States?
UK’s exit from the European Union would undoubtedly change the future of European integration by confirming true political disunion from a regional experiment that is unprecedented in the world.  View Article
Bloomberg: What the U.K. Needs From Europe, and Vice Versa
Having made a promise he cannot deliver, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron must now turn for assistance to what one of his predecessors called the source of most of the world's problems. That's right: He needs the help of Europe.  View Article
Financial Times: Britain stumbles into long EU-referendum campaign
The Out campaign makes an impression but the 'In' side has the best economic arguments; being one of the strongest that quitting the EU would be a leap into the unknown, says Hugo Dixon.  View Article
CBI makes case for being in a reformed EU
With the official EU referendum campaigns now launched, the CBI is setting out the business case for why the majority of its member organisations want to remain in a reformed European Union.  View Article
The Economist: The reluctant European
Though Britain has always been rather half-hearted about the European Union, its membership has been beneficial for all concerned, argues John Peet. It should stay in the club.  View Article
European Commission: Commissioner Hill at the ECMI Annual Conference
Main topics of the speech were urgent measures under the CMU: relaunching securitisation markets, establishing a European market for simple personal pensions, overhauling the Prospectus Directive, supporting venture capital, and developing a pan-European venture capital fund of funds.  View Article
FeBAF and TheCityUK: increased European competitiveness relies on a Capital Markets Union
Current topics related to the new developments in the field of CMU and SMEs were discussed at the meeting of AIFSD. Both Italian and British delegations agreed on welcoming the CMU and the EC's securitisation proposal, and on avoiding the FTT.  View Article
CFS: Financial industry considers Capital Markets Union useful
The German financial industry considers the Capital Markets Union planned by the European Commission as a useful supplement to the European banking union, as stated by 60% of the participants of a survey by the CFS.  View Article
CityUK: Lack of awareness of alternative forms of finance could hinder potential of EU growth companies
A new report published by TheCityUK and EY finds that future European financial stability could be at risk over the long-term because of a lack of sufficient knowledge and awareness about complementary and alternative forms of finance among EU growth companies.  View Article
EBA, EIOPA and ESMA consult on anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism
These Guidelines promote a common understanding of the risk-based approach to AML/CFT and set out how it should be applied by credit and financial institutions and competent authorities across the EU.  View Article
ECB: Results of the October 2015 euro area bank lending survey
The main highlights of the survey are: Further improvement in borrowing conditions for businesses; tighter borrowing conditions for households seeking housing loans; and further increase in demand for loans to businesses and for housing loans. The ECB’s APP continues to support bank lending.  View Article
CEPS: The End of German Hegemony
Without anyone quite noticing, Europe’s internal balance of power has been shifting. Germany’s dominant position, which has seemed absolute since the 2008 financial crisis, is gradually weakening – with far-reaching implications for the European Union.  View Article
EU budget 2016: Council calls for realism
The Luxembourg Presidency of the Council has signalled a note of caution and realism ahead of the conciliation talks with the European Parliament on the EU budget for 2016. If approved now, the expenditure figures would be increased by €4.16 bn in commitments and €4.34 bn in payments.  View Article

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