13 Dec: Economic and monetary union: President Donohoe’s report to the President of the Euro Summit

(Source: Council of the EU and European Council)

The President of the Eurogroup, Paschal Donohoe, has sent a letter to the President of the Euro Summit, Charles Michel. The letter takes stock of the progress achieved in the Eurogroup on key policy issues relevant for the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The euro area economy has recovered from the pandemic faster than expected and far faster than from the financial crisis. Euro area’s GDP is now expected to reach its pre crisis trend by end-2022. Companies have weathered the pandemic storm much better than feared, and insolvencies have remained at …

20 Sep: EASO publishes three COI reports on Somalia: Targeted profiles, Key socio-economic indicators and Security situation

(Source: European Asylum Support Office (EASO))

Today, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) published three Country of Origin Information (COI) reports. The first report is titled Somalia: Targeted profiles, the second one Somalia: Key socio-economic indicators and the third one Somalia: Security situation. These reports are part of a series of four COI reports on Somalia that have been produced in 2021. They build upon the preceding EASO COI report on Somalia: Actors (July 2021).  They should be read in conjunction with one another. This series of COI reports provide relevant information on international protection status determination for Somali asylum seekers and…

07 Jul: Report by President Charles Michel to the European Parliament plenary session

(Source: European Council)

Avant d’aborder le rapport à la suite du Conseil européen qui s’est tenu il y a une dizaine de jours, je souhaiterais d’emblée m’associer aux propos qui ont été exprimés par Sophia in ‘t Veld. Un crime a été commis contre un journaliste et ce crime est une attaque contre nos valeurs fondamentales, contre la liberté de la presse. C’est un crime qui doit être condamné et je voudrais exprimer ma solidarité avec les familles et les proches de la victime. Ma solidarité également avec les Pays-Bas et le gouvernement des Pays-Bas.

I would like to warmly …

29 Jun: ECDC launches the report ‘Countering online vaccine misinformation in the EU/EEA’

(Source: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control)

On June 29, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) published the report ‘Countering online vaccine misinformation in the EU/EEA, with a focus on misinformation related to vaccination against measles (in combination with mumps and rubella), human papillomavirus (HPV), influenza, and COVID-19.

The report explores the evidence base for how to counter online vaccine misinformation in the EU/EEA, current strategies used by public health authorities in a selection of EU countries, and training needs on this topic.

“Vaccine misinformation poses risks to national vaccination efforts as it can lead to …

08 Jun: European Commission reports on progress in Romania under the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism

(Source: European Commission)

The European Commission adopted today its latest report on developments in Romania on judicial reform and the fight against corruption, in the context of its commitments under the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM).

Today’s report takes stock of the progress under the CVM since October 2019 and assesses progress on the 12 recommendations of January 2017 and the eight additional recommendations of November 2018 within the existing four benchmarks. The fulfilment of all remaining recommendations is essential to the reform process and for allowing the CVM to be completed for Romania.

Since the last CVM report in …

03 Jun: Assessing the Commission’s 2020 Rule of Law report

(Source: European Parliament)

MEPs take stock of developments and propose ways to improve the EC’s approach moving forward, with an eye set on the upcoming 2021 report on the rule of law in the EU.

The Civil Liberties Committee approved the own-initiative report by Domènec Ruiz Devesa (S&D, ES) on the Commission’s 2020 Rule of Law report on Thursday with 49 votes for, 10 against and 4 abstentions. It highlights areas for improvement, and sets out Parliaments priorities and concerns in protecting EU values.

Lessons from 2020

MEPs regret that the 2020 report fails to encompass fully Article 2 values, and that the Commission did not …


(Source: ESMA)

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), the EU’s securities markets regulator, has today published its Final Report on Guidelines on the MiFIDII/MiFIR obligations on market data. The Final Report sets out guidelines on the requirements to publish market data on a reasonable commercial basis and to make market data available free of charge 15 minutes after publication.

The Guidelines, by providing clarity for market participants, will ensure better and uniform application of these MiFID II/MiFIR obligations. The guidelines apply to national competent authorities, trading venues, approved publication arrangements, consolidated tape providers and systematic internalisers.

Next steps

The …


(Source: ESMA)

The Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs – European Banking Authority, European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority, and European Securities and Markets Authority) published today its analysis of the implementation and the functioning of the EU Securitisation Regulation (SECR), including recommendations on how to address initial inconsistencies and challenges, which may affect the overall efficiency of the current securitisation regime. The Report is meant to provide guidance to the European Commission in the context of its review of the functioning of the SECR. It also provides initial inputs to the ongoing discussion on the efficiency of …