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EU-US bilateral agreement on prudential measures regarding insurance and reinsurance

22-02-2018

The EU-US agreement on insurance and reinsurance was signed in September 2017. It aims at eliminating some key trade barriers in the sector, in particular collateral and local presence requirements. The agreement also tackles the issue of supervisory authority and exchange of information. The European Parliament is due to vote on giving its consent to the Council for the conclusion of the agreement during its February II plenary session.

The EU-US agreement on insurance and reinsurance was signed in September 2017. It aims at eliminating some key trade barriers in the sector, in particular collateral and local presence requirements. The agreement also tackles the issue of supervisory authority and exchange of information. The European Parliament is due to vote on giving its consent to the Council for the conclusion of the agreement during its February II plenary session.

Euro-area reforms: Challenges and policies [What Think Tanks are thinking]

10-03-2017

Reforms to the system of governance of the euro area, launched in the wake of the 2008-09 financial crisis, have included, inter alia, the creation of authorities to better supervise the financial markets, improved mechanisms to coordinate fiscal policies, and procedures to correct economic imbalances. While the drive to overhaul the euro-zone's economic rulebook has slackened as the improving growth outlook has eased threats to the overall stability of the area, deeper integration of the euro area ...

Reforms to the system of governance of the euro area, launched in the wake of the 2008-09 financial crisis, have included, inter alia, the creation of authorities to better supervise the financial markets, improved mechanisms to coordinate fiscal policies, and procedures to correct economic imbalances. While the drive to overhaul the euro-zone's economic rulebook has slackened as the improving growth outlook has eased threats to the overall stability of the area, deeper integration of the euro area still features high among EU reform proposals presented by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in a white paper earlier this month. This notes offers links to commentaries, studies and reports on the topic from major international think tanks and research institutes on euro areas reform.

The UK's Potential Withdrawal from the EU and Single market Access under EU Financial Services Legislation

15-12-2016

In the aftermath of the UK’s vote to leave the EU, securing continued access to each other’s markets will be one of the key issues to be addressed in the exit negotiations. This paper examines how the current EU financial services legislation ensures or facilitates access to the EU single financial market for EU/EEA Member States and third countries. The analysis focuses on passporting/mutual recognition regimes for EU/EEA Member States and third country equivalence regimes. This document was provided ...

In the aftermath of the UK’s vote to leave the EU, securing continued access to each other’s markets will be one of the key issues to be addressed in the exit negotiations. This paper examines how the current EU financial services legislation ensures or facilitates access to the EU single financial market for EU/EEA Member States and third countries. The analysis focuses on passporting/mutual recognition regimes for EU/EEA Member States and third country equivalence regimes. This document was provided by Policy Department A at the request of the ECON Committee.

Limitation periods for road traffic accidents

07-07-2016

Widely differing limitation periods for tort claims across the European Union (EU) Member States can lead to victims of cross-border road traffic accidents losing their right to compensation. This European Added Value Assessment (EAVA) sketches out the weaknesses of the relevant existing legal frameworks which create obstacles for victims of cross-border road traffic accidents in accessing legal justice. Furthermore, the EAVA identifies the costs that arise on account of differing rules on limitation ...

Widely differing limitation periods for tort claims across the European Union (EU) Member States can lead to victims of cross-border road traffic accidents losing their right to compensation. This European Added Value Assessment (EAVA) sketches out the weaknesses of the relevant existing legal frameworks which create obstacles for victims of cross-border road traffic accidents in accessing legal justice. Furthermore, the EAVA identifies the costs that arise on account of differing rules on limitation periods, not only in terms of length of time but also with regard to the beginning of a limitation period, the procedural requirements for stopping the running of a limitation period, and application to minors and disabled people. The EAVA demonstrates that differing rules in the application of limitation periods can generate costs such as additional lawyer's fees and fees for expert evidence on foreign rules. Finally, the EAVA outlines two rules for harmonising limitation periods within the EU in the form of minimum standards that could generate European added value by simplifying the existing legal framework and offering greater legal certainty for victims of cross-border road traffic accidents.

CJEU rules on use of standards in imposing information duties on life insurance companies

04-06-2015

The EU Directive applicable to life insurance sets out what kind of information insurance companies must give to policyholders. It also allows Member States to impose broader information duties, provided that the information is necessary for the policyholder to understand the contract. In its ruling of 29 April 2015, the EU Court of Justice allowed Member States to use open-ended standards to impose information duties, provided that sufficient legal certainty is guaranteed.

The EU Directive applicable to life insurance sets out what kind of information insurance companies must give to policyholders. It also allows Member States to impose broader information duties, provided that the information is necessary for the policyholder to understand the contract. In its ruling of 29 April 2015, the EU Court of Justice allowed Member States to use open-ended standards to impose information duties, provided that sufficient legal certainty is guaranteed.

EU Mapping: Systematic Overview on Economic and Financial Legislation

15-05-2014

This paper prepared by the Policy Department A provides a graphic overview on core legislation in the area of economic and financial services. The presentation essentially covers the areas within the responsibility of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON); hence it starts with core ECON areas but also displays neighbouring areas of other Committees' competences which are closely connected to and impacting on ECON's work. It shows legislation in force, proposals and other relevant provisions ...

This paper prepared by the Policy Department A provides a graphic overview on core legislation in the area of economic and financial services. The presentation essentially covers the areas within the responsibility of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON); hence it starts with core ECON areas but also displays neighbouring areas of other Committees' competences which are closely connected to and impacting on ECON's work. It shows legislation in force, proposals and other relevant provisions on i.a. banking, securities markets and investment firms, market infrastructure, insurance and occupational pensions, payment services, consumer protection in financial services, the European System of Financial Supervision, European Monetary Union, Euro bills and Coins and statistics, competition, taxation, commerce and company law, accounting and auditing.

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Katja LANGENBUCHER (Center of Excellence SAFE and Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany), Marcel GELLINGS (Center of Excellence SAFE and Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany), Kai JUNGBLUTH (Center of Excellence SAFE and Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany) , in cooperation with European Parliament staff: Julia Ferger, Stephanie Honnefelder, Doris Kolassa, Rudolf Maier, Marcus Scheuren, Ivo van Es

The Role of Mutual Societies in the 21st Century

15-07-2011

Mutuals play an important role in the European economy and society, providing social coverage and other types of insurance to a significant proportion of European citizens. This study presents an overview of the specific features and roles of mutual societies in the different EU Member States, analyses relevant EU law applicable to mutuals and looks at the performance of mutual undertakings in the financial and economic crisis. The report also discusses the potential mutuals have to contribute to ...

Mutuals play an important role in the European economy and society, providing social coverage and other types of insurance to a significant proportion of European citizens. This study presents an overview of the specific features and roles of mutual societies in the different EU Member States, analyses relevant EU law applicable to mutuals and looks at the performance of mutual undertakings in the financial and economic crisis. The report also discusses the potential mutuals have to contribute to the inclusive and sustainable growth of the European Union.

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Douwe Grijpstra, Simon Broek, Bert-Jan Buiskool and Mirjam Plooij (Research voor Beleid, The Netherlands)

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