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02 April 2015

UK, Greece, ECB, MiFID II, budget, EC

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UK current account deficit 2014: biggest since 1948 - very frightening!
"In 2014, the UK’s current account deficit was £97.9 billion, up from a deficit of £76.7 billion in 2013. The deficit in 2014 equated to 5.5% of GDP at current market prices."  View Article
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'Deepening EMU' - Round-up of Key Events - March 2015
Highlights included the future of banking, EBA publications, Capital Markets Union, ECJ's decision on CCPs, insurance contracts, EU reform, Grexit, Brexit, tax avoidance initiatives and the ECB's asset purchase programme.  View Article
European Voice: Juncker sets out plans for senior management reshuffle
President of the European Commission will make changes based mainly on the ‘people first’ principle and not on the application of mobility rules.  View Article
Financial Times: Greece submits new list of reforms to eurozone
It is the cash-strapped government’s most comprehensive effort so far to unlock €7.2bn in bailout funds before it goes bankrupt.  View Article
The Guardian: Lords accuse Tories of ‘burying’ review that cleared EU of interference
Cross-party group says European Union doesn’t intervene unduly in British life, a view that clashes with David Cameron’s claims of Brussels’ excessive powers  View Article
Reuters: EU presidency wants to ditch ban on proprietary trading at banks
The European Commission proposed the draft law to ban proprietary trading at banks and force lenders to isolate other forms of risky trading to help keep the financial system stable.  View Article
ECB: Annual Report on supervisory activities 2014
The report reviews the key achievements in setting up the Single Supervisory Mechanism and the start of ECB Banking Supervision. It further outlines the supervisory priorities for 2015 and the main challenges ahead.   View Article
Financial Times: Mifid II needs to uphold spirit of reform
The clock is ticking on the implementation of Mifid II and reforms to transform the European financial landscape. Reforms that will not only deliver new competition, transparency and clarity, but also form the foundation for CMU in Europe, write Michael Spencer, Xavier Rolet and Hans-Ole Jochumsen.  View Article
The Parliament Magazine: Competitiveness must be 'focal point' of EU cohesion policy
The capital markets union could benefit SMEs who often find themselves at a disadvantage when seeking out financial assistance, writes Tadeusz Truskolaski.  View Article
Financial Times: ECB quantitative easing drives confidence for now
Not everyone in the eurozone is enjoying a smooth ride.  View Article
Reuters: ECB slows bond-buying pace a touch in plan's third week
But is still on target to inject 60 billion euros into the euro zone economy each month until September 2016.  View Article
ECB: Accounts and accountability
Speech by Mario Draghi covering the benefits of transparency.  View Article
Latvian Presidency: Launch of EU 2016 budget drafting process
On March 30 Latvian Minister for Finance Jānis Reirs led the political trialogue on the EU budget between the Council of the EU, the European Commission and the European Parliament.  View Article


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