According to the October bank lending survey (BLS), credit standards for all loan categories eased in the third quarter of 2014. For the second time in a row, a small net percentage of euro area banks (2%, after 3% in the previous quarter) reported an easing of credit standards on loans to enterprises, as compared with an overall tightening in the period from mid-2007 to early 2014.

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Meeting in Luxembourg on 28 October, environment ministers adopted conclusions on 'greening' the European Semester and the Europe 2020 strategy.  The conclusions recognise that a greener economy contributes to long term prosperity, and highlight the need for a transition towards a resource efficient circular economy. In particular, they underline the need for:

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The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) announced the creation of two facilities that will finance the international expansion of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) from Europe, Latin America and theCaribbean. EIB President Werner Hoyer and

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The household saving rate in the euro area was 12.9% in the second quarter of 2014, compared with 13.1% in the first quarter of2014. In the EU28, the household saving rate was 10.4%, compared with 10.7% the previous quarter. These data come from a detailed set of seasonally adjusted quarterly European sector accounts released by Eurostat,

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The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published its Public Statement on European Common Enforcement Priorities (Priorities) for 2014. These Priorities identify topics which ESMA, together with European national enforcers, see as a key focus of their examinations of listed companies’ financial statements.

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Brazil must build on the positive momentum started with its new Corporate Liability Law and its first indictments in one foreign bribery case to investigate and prosecute more proactively foreign bribery. Since Brazil joined the Convention in 2000, of the 14 allegations identified in the report, only five have been investigated and

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In occasione del Global Forum per la trasparenza e lo scambio di informazioni dell'OCSE (composto da 123 giurisdizioni più diversi organismi internazionali) che si è tenuto a Berlino negli scorsi giorni, 51 Paesi hanno sottoscritto l'accordo per l'implementazione del nuovo standard unico globale per lo scambio automatico di informazioni

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L’economia globale prosegue lungo le tendenze emerse in estate. Il traino che viene dalla locomotiva americana e dalla Cina, e in generale dall’Asia, rimane potente. Negli USA gli investimenti hanno iniziato a ingranare, gettando le basi per il consolidamento della crescita. La Cina è pilotata verso un atterraggio morbido (sopra il 7%).

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Dopo Washington, Londra, Parigi e Berlino si è tenuto a Roma, presso il Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale, l'ultimo meeting della Social Impact Investment Task Force (SIIT), istituita nel2013 in ambito G8, sotto la presidenza del Regno Unito. I lavori, ai quali ha partecipato il Vice Ministro Lapo Pistelli, si sono aperti con

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