Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella gave a speech in New York: Building an environmental, economic, socially just future: The EU perspective on Sustainable Development Goals.
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The European Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to MasterCard. It outlines the Commission's preliminary view that MasterCard's rules prevent banks from offering lower interchange fees to retailers based in another Member State of the European Economic Area, where interchange fees may be higher. As a result, retailers cannot benefit from lower fees elsewhere and competition between banks cross-border may be restricted, in breach of European antitrust rules. Press release.
Climate Action & Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete gave a speech at the ACER Annual Conference: A new market design for a new energy system.
The EP adopted a non-binding resolution on the EU Capital Markets Union (CMU). The CMU should provide a new, more efficient way to channel savings into small business ventures and protect cross-border investors in the EU, says the resolution. MEPs want CMU building blocks, such as a wider range of investment choices, risk mitigation tools and clear information on investment opportunities across the EU to be in place by 2018, so as to complement bank financing. Press release.
Calendar of the Commissioners' weekly activities.
Central Eastern and South Eastern European countries join forces to create an integrated gas market. 15 EU and Energy Community countries in the Central Eastern Europe and South East European regions have agreed to work together to accelerate the building of missing gas infrastructure links and to tackle the remaining technical and regulatory issues which hamper security of supply and the development of a fully integrated and competitive energy market in the region. Press release.