Publication Archive

This archive contains all documents published by cep over the last few years:

cepAdhoc: Incisive comment on current EU policy issues.

cepPolicyBrief: Concise 4-page reviews of EU proposals (Regulations, Directives, Green Papers, White Papers, Communications) – including a brief summary and economic and legal assessments.

cepInput: Impulse to current discussions of EU policies.

cepStudy: Comprehensive examination of EU policy proposals affecting the economy.

 

 

2014

The GDP was already developed in the 1930s. In the meantime it has become the best known indicator of macro-economic activity. According to the Commission there “is a clear case for complementing” GDP with indicators covering social and environmental issues “on which people’s well-being critically depends” but which are not taken account of in the current GDP calculation. In its Communication the Commission presents its ideas regarding new indicators.

2014

Since the onset of the financial crisis the EU Financial Market Supervision, which is still very nationally-oriented, is up for discussion. Now, the Commission proposes that the ESRB is to monitor the stability of the entire European financial system. Moreover, three European Supervisory Authorities are to ensure an improved prudential supervision of single financial institutions.

2014

In order to attain independence from fossil fuels, the EU is planning to accelerate the development and introduction of various low carbon technologies with the help of the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (“SET-Plan”). The Commission substantiates the strategic and technological targets, the planned measures and an estimation of how much private and public investment will be required for the research and development of low carbon technologies until 2020.

2014

Both the EU and the USA are currently debating how to design derivatives markets in a more transparent and panic-proof manner. Similar to the USA the EU Commission proposes to improve the collateralisation of derivatives transactions and to standardise the OTC trading through central counter party (CCP) clearing to be located in the EU.

2014

When Euro notes and coins were introduced on January 1st 2002, this created a single payments area for cash transactions. For cashless payments like credit transfers, direct debits and card payments a Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) is currently being developed. In its communication the Commission presents the next measures that have to be taken by market participants in the period from 2009-2012 in order to ensure successful implementation of the SEPA-project. The Commission hints that by this amongst others it understands the full replacement of all established national payment schemes with SEPA-Schemes.

2014

Without financial support for developing countries, it is likely that no global climate agreement will be reached. The Commission presents criteria for how these payments should be distributed among developed countries. Further the Commission discusses whether the share of the EU should be financed through the EU budget, a common EU climate fund or using the budgets of Member States.

2014

Following the October 2008 amendments of the Capital Requirements Directive a new amendment has been proposed once again. This time the capital requirements for the trading book and for re-securitisations are raised and the remuneration models of banks are reviewed.

2014

The Commission is planning to increase Europeana’s collection by 10 million objects by 2010. To this end, it calls Member States to contribute to a “sustained digitisation“.

2014

The proposed Regulation is to replace the existing Directive on the security of gas supply. The Proposal contains obligations of the Member States with respect to their infrastructure and the establishment of emergency plans. In times of crisis the Commission is to coordinate the gas supply.

2014

In line with the roadmap for equality between women and men (2006-2010) [COM(2006) 92] the Commission has obliged itself to assess all rules on gender equality and the reconciliation of family life and work. Since the provisions on parental leave are based on a Framework Agreement, the Commission asked the social partners to revise it. The revised version of it is to be given legal effect now.

2014

With its Communication the Commission is preparing the ground for a White Paper to be submitted next year on transport policy from 2010 to 2020. Since structural changes in transport policy require long-term implementation periods, the Commission is already planning for the period up till 2060.

2014

The Commission criticizes the fact that – depending on their legal form and distribution channel – similar  retail investment products are subject to different rules. It wants to introduce the concept of “standard investment products”, to which identical selling rules and requirements on key investor information apply.

2014

With the latest Recommendation C(2009) 3177 of 30. April 2009 the Commission revises the already existing Recommendation 2004/913/EC and 2005/162/EC regulating the remuneration of directors of listed companies. While the existing Recommendations focus on the procedures and responsibilities when fixing the remuneration of directors the Commission now intervenes into the design of remuneration agreements. The Commission mainly wishes remuneration to be based on performances in the future and generates incentives to ensure the medium and long-term economic sustainability of companies. In particular, the Recommendation contains details on variable components of remuneration and termination payments.

2014

The Commission and many Member States have announced to support the deployment of boradband networks as part of their economic recovery packages. This includes not only traditional broadband networks but also new "NGA Networks". However, subsidies (State aid) are subject to certain conditions which the Commission clarifies in its latest Guidelines.