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EU tax policy, Competition, EU-US trade relations and update on Brexit

18 January 2019

The Commission has kick-started the debate on reforming decision-making for areas of EU taxation policy, which currently requires unanimity among Member States. This unanimity often cannot be achieved on crucial tax initiatives, and can lead to costly delays on sub-optimal policies. The Communication published today suggests a roadmap for a progressive and targeted transition to qualified majority voting under the ordinary legislative procedure in certain areas of shared EU taxation policy, as is already the case with most other EU policy areas. This possibility is envisaged by the EU Treaties.

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MPs voting on confidence in government after May’s Brexit defeat

17 January 2019

MPs are voting on a motion that could oust Theresa May’s government from power and start moves towards a general election. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who tabled the no confidence motion, said the PM’s “zombie” administration had lost the right to govern, and they “should do the right thing and resign”. But Mrs May said a general election was simply not “in the national interest”. It comes 24 hours after MPs voted down the PM’s Brexit plans by a huge margin. Continue reading…

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Theresa May’s deal is voted down in historic Commons defeat

16 January 2019

Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal has been rejected by 230 votes – the largest defeat for a sitting government in history. MPs voted by 432 votes to 202 to reject the deal, which sets out the terms of Britain’s exit from the EU on 29 March. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has now tabled a vote of no confidence in the government, which could trigger a general election. Continue reading…

Delivery of last pending proposals, a common Destiny of unity, the hour of European Democracy

14 January 2019

In its first weekly meeting of 2019 Commission discusses the main political challenges ahead. The College of Commissioners held today the first weekly meeting of 2019 which was devoted to discussing the challenges of this new year. Commissioners used the opportunity to take stock and discuss the year ahead, including the European elections in May and other important milestones ahead. Continue reading…

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Airmic calls on risk managers to support corporate social responsibility

11 January 2019

“Failing to take CSR seriously is a risk in itself”, says CEO. Airmic has put corporate social responsibility (CSR) firmly on the risk management agenda and urged its members to recognise their CSR colleagues as “valuable allies” in creating a resilient business. “Boardrooms increasingly recognise that a strong approach to corporate social responsibility is not just a good thing to do – it’s a business imperative,” Airmic’s CEO John Ludlow said. “But not enough risk professionals recognise they have an important role to play in supporting their business achieve its CSR objectives.” Continue reading…

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Brexit Briefing: Government “no-deal” guidance and what it means for risk professionals

10 January 2019

With just over three months until the UK exits the EU, the government has made preparing for a no-deal an operational priority and has issued advice to businesses urging them to be prepared. The following article is an extract from Airmic’s briefing paper on this development. How is the UK government preparing for a no-deal? The government has committed to prioritising stability for citizens, consumers and businesses, to ensure the smooth operation of business, infrastructure and public services and to minimise any disruption to the economy in the event of a no-deal. Continue reading…

Updated EBA Risk Dashboard shows EU banks have further improved their resilience but profitability remains weak

09 January 2019

The European Banking Authority (EBA) published its Risk Dashboard, which summarises the main risks and vulnerabilities in the EU banking sector using quantitative risk indicators. Together with the Risk Dashboard, the EBA published the results of its Risk Assessment Questionnaire, which includes the opinions of banks and market analysts on the risk outlook collected in autumn 2018. In the third quarter (Q3) of 2018, the Dashboard confirms improvements in both asset quality and capital ratios, while profitability remains subdued. Continue reading…

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Proceeding with caution – a survey on central bank digital currency

08 January 2019

Payments are changing at an accelerating pace. Users expect faster, easier payments anywhere and at any time, mirroring the digitalisation and convenience of other aspects of life (Bech et al (2017)). And, although paper-based payments like cheques and cash still play important roles, new technologies and market entrants are challenging the traditional bank-based payment systems (Jakobsen (2018)).

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JPMorgan to Pay More Than $135 Million for Improper Handling of ADRs

07 January 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A. will pay more than $135 million to settle charges of improper handling of “pre-released” American Depositary Receipts (ADRs). ADRs – U.S. securities that represent foreign shares of a foreign company – require a corresponding number of foreign shares to be held in custody at a depositary bank.  The practice of “pre-release” allows ADRs to be issued without the deposit of foreign shares, provided brokers receiving them have an agreement with a depositary bank and the broker or its customer owns the number of foreign shares that corresponds to the number of shares the ADR represents. Continue reading…