venerdì 17 febbraio 2017

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Agreement reached on Structural Reform Support Programme – a new tool to help Member States implement reforms
On 8 February, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers reached agreement on the Structural Reform Support Programme (SRSP). With a budget of EUR 142.8 million to cover 2017-2020, the programme provides financing for the technical support that the Commission makes available to Member States at their request. This support is coordinated and offered by the Commission's Structural Reform Support Service (SRSS). The Commission set up the Structural Reform Support Service in July 2015 to help EU Member States design and implement reforms, including by making efficient and effective use of EU funding. The SRSS currently promotes and assists with reforms in nine Member States. Reforms include the management of public finances and tax administration, reform of justice systems, and fighting fraud, corruption and money laundering. They can also improve the business environment or the labour market, as well as equip people with the right skills, education and training for today's job market.
Real Economy episode looks at combining ESIF and EFSI funds to reduce risk for investors, create jobs and spur growth
In the latest edition of Real Economy, Euronews spoke with the European Commission’s vice president in charge of investments, and the commissioner of regional affairs, to talk about one way they suggest Europe can create jobs: by increasing the confidence of risk averse investors. The plan is to get risky projects that need money to combine grants given by the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) with loans from the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). The ESIF has supported 2 million enterprises from funds of EUR 454 billion for 2014-2020 and is expected to generate 576,000 new jobs during the same period. According to Jyrki Katainen, European Commission Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, “it is just according to common sense to blend different financing sources” by combining ESIF and EFSI funding. Katainen notes that the International Labour Organisation now says that EFSI will help create 2.1 million new jobs, far more than the original estimate of 1.3 million new jobs.  He adds: “All the uncertainty which we can see coming from outside Europe, or sometimes even from within, is poison for investments. So, we want to underline the importance of [a] rule-based world economy.”
See also : Euronews   
International trade in goods surplus EUR 28.1 billion for euro area, EUR 20.9 billion for EU
The first estimate for euro area exports of goods to the rest of the world in December 2016 was EUR 178.6 billion, an increase of 6% compared with December 2015 (EUR 168.7 billion). Imports from the rest of the world stood at EUR 150.5 billion, a rise of 4% compared with December 2015 (EUR 144.4 billion). As a result, the euro area recorded a EUR 28.1 billion surplus in trade in goods with the rest of the world in December 2016, compared with a surplus of EUR 24.4 billion in December 2015. Intra-euro area trade rose to EUR 137.4 billion in December 2016, up by 5% compared with December 2015. The euro area recorded a surplus of EUR 273.9 billion, compared with +EUR 238.7 billion in January-December 2015. Intra-euro area trade rose to EUR 1,709.3 billion in January-December 2016, up by 1% compared with January-December 2015. The first estimate for extra-EU exports of goods in December 2016 was EUR 164.4 billion, up by 5% compared with December 2015 (EUR 156.1 billion). Imports from the rest of the world stood at EUR 143.5 billion, up by 6% compared with December 2015 (EUR 135.4 billion). As a result, the EU recorded a EUR 20.9 billion surplus in trade in goods with the rest of the world in December 2016, compared with +EUR 20.6 billion in December 2015. Intra-EU trade rose to EUR 247.7 billion in December 2016, an increase of 5% compared with December 2015.
Bank Lending Constraints in the Euro Area
Bank lending constraints in the Euro area. European Economy. Discussion Paper 43.
This paper looks at how increases in bank capital requirements could affect bank lending in the current environment.
Non-tax revenue in the European Union: A source of fiscal risk? European Economy. Discussion Paper 44.
This is a study on the characteristics and determinants of non-tax revenue in the EU Member States, with a particular focus on the fiscal risk from the volatility of non-tax revenue.

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