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29 Jul
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Covid-19: Seasonally adjusted government deficit rose sharply to 2.2% of GDP in the euro area

In the first quarter of 2020, when COVID-19 containment measures began to be widely introduced by Member States, the seasonally adjusted general government deficit to GDP ratio stood at 2.2% in the euro area and 2.3% in the EU. This is a sharp increase in both areas in comparison with the fourth quarter of 2019 […]

28 Jul
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EU and China discuss trade, taxation and economic relations

The European Union and China held today (28 July) their 8th High-Level Trade and Economic Dialogue (HED). Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis, accompanied by Commissioner for Trade Phil Hogan, held the meeting via videoconference with Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He accompanied by several Vice-Ministers. The HED focused on the joint response to coronavirus and global economic governance […]

27 Jul
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Covid-19: Government debt up to 86.3% of GDP in euro area

At the end of the first quarter of 2020, the quarter in which COVID-19 containment measures began to be widely introduced by Member States, the government debt to GDP ratio in the euro area stood at 86.3%, compared with 84.1% at the end of the fourth quarter of 2019. In the EU, the ratio increased […]

24 Jul
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Coronavirus response: Making capital markets work for Europe’s recovery

The European Commission has today (24 July) adopted a Capital Markets Recovery Package, as part of the Commission’s overall coronavirus recovery strategy. On 28 April, the Commission had already proposed a Banking Package to facilitate bank lending to households and businesses throughout the EU. Today’s measures aim to make it easier for capital markets to […]

23 Jul
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Covid-19: Council agrees its position on an instrument to support implementation of reforms

As part of its measures to foster the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, the EU will support member states’ reform efforts to stimulate growth and put their economies back on track. EU ambassadors yesterday (22 July) endorsed the Council’s position on establishing a “technical support instrument”. Resilience and recovery This instrument will help member states […]

21 Jul

Capital markets union: European Council adopts new rules for crowdfunding platforms

The European Council yesterday (20 July) adopted new rules to improve the way crowdfunding platforms operate across the EU. The new framework is part of the capital markets union’s project which aims at providing an easier access to new financing sources. According to the Council: It will remove barriers for crowdfunding platforms to provide their […]

20 Jul
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Annual inflation up to 0.3% in the euro area (June 2020)

In June 2020, a month in which many COVID-19 containment measures have been gradually lifted, the euro area annual inflation rate was 0.3%, up from 0.1% in May. A year earlier, the rate was 1.3%. European Union annual inflation was 0.8% in June 2020, up from 0.6% in May. A year earlier, the rate was […]

15 Jul
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Fair and Simple Taxation: European Commission proposes new package of measures

The European Commission has today  (15 July) adopted an ambitious new Tax Package to ensure that EU tax policy supports Europe’s economic recovery and long-term growth. The Package is built on the twin pillars of fairness and simplicity. Fair taxation remains a top priority for the European Commission, as a means of protecting public revenues, […]

10 Jul
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Platform economy: New EU rules and guidance for a fairer online economy apply from 12 July

The Commission publishes today (10 July) a set of resources to help traders, online platforms and search engines get the most out of the new Platform to Business rules, which apply from this Sunday, 12 July. In addition, three progress reports prepared by the expert group for the Observatory on the Online Platform Economy are […]

03 Jul
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Covid-19: European Council agrees to start lifting travel restrictions for residents of some third countries

The Council has adopted (30 June) a recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU. Travel restrictions should be lifted for countries listed in the recommendation, with this list being reviewed and, as the case may be, updated every two weeks. Based on the criteria and conditions set […]


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