Reform

    • France, Germany propose draft paper for EU reform

      France, Germany propose draft paper for EU reform

      France and Germany have drawn up a plan to guide deep reform of the European Union to present to fellow members and to counter concerns about divisions between their leaders, news wires reported. A draft paper, shown to AFP by two sources on Tuesday, calls for a "Conference on the Future of Europe" starting next year and carrying through to 2022.

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    • Italy divided over Eurozone reform

      Italy divided over Eurozone reform

      Italy's ruling parties failed to reach an agreement last week over a planned reform of the Eurozone's bailout fund, news wires reported. “There are strong critical points in the reform. We continue to work on it,” Raphael Raduzzi, a lawmaker for the ruling 5-Star Movement said cited by Reuters at the end of a meeting of top coalition figures including PM Giuseppe Conte. Speaking in Rome after talks with Conte, Economy Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said the reform was in the interests of all Eurozone countries, including Italy.

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    • Germany open to move on post-crisis bank reform

      Germany open to move on post-crisis bank reform

      Germany is willing to support a pan-European bank deposit protection scheme as long as individual countries remain chiefly responsible for shielding savers of a troubled bank, its Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said on Wednesday in an eight-page document entitled "Position Paper on the Target Image of the Banking Union", submitted to German magazine Der Spiegel.

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    • Greece's government wins vote on economic policy

      Greece's government wins vote on economic policy

      Greece's newly-elected conservative government won a confidence vote late last Monday on its economic policy, which includes tax cuts and measures to speed up investments, news wires reported. The vote was held after a three-day presentation of the government’s goals. All 158 lawmakers of the ruling party approved the policy.

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    • Member States approve tough copyright reform

      Member States approve tough copyright reform

      Member States gave on Monday final approval for copyright reforms ensuring artists and news publishers get their due in the internet era. But the proposed reforms have triggered Europe-wide protests over internet freedom. At the vote 19 Member States voted in favour of the reform, with six against and three abstentions.

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    • Participants in Ottawa meeting support WTO reform

      Participants in Ottawa meeting support WTO reform

      The 13 members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), participating in a ministerial meeting held in Ottawa on 24 and 25 October - including the EU represented by Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström - unequivocally reiterated their commitment to safeguarding the rules-based multilateral system and supported proposals made by the EU in its WTO reform concept paper published on 18 September 2018.

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