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Further development of the EMU: should legitimacy come first or last? – by Päivi Leino-Sandberg

November 2, 2015

Païvi Leino-Sandberg is Adjunct Professor of EU Law, Academy of Finland Research Fellow, University of Helsinki and co-author of the Report on Finland available on this website. (This comment first appeared on the EU Law Analysis Blog: The June 2012 the President of the European Council presented a report to the European Council setting out […]

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Court of Auditors Report on Financial assistance: Lessons from the Initial EU Crisis Response for the Future of EU Economic Governance – by Agnieszka Smolenska (EUI)

January 28, 2016

Agnieszka Smolenska is a PhD Researcher at the EUI studying the application of state aid rules to banks from 2007 in the context of the emerging frameworks for EU and Eurozone financial regulation and supervision On 26 January the Court of Auditors published a Special Report on “Financial assistance provided to countries in difficulties”, a […]

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5 February: ECB publishes ANFA agreement on limits to holdings of national central banks

February 5, 2016

The ECB has published its secret Agreement on Net Financial Assets with the national Central Banks after calls by Eurogroup President Dijsselbloem for more transparancy on the agreement. The agreement sets rules and limits for holdings of financial assets which are related to national tasks of the NCBs. For more information on ANFA, see the […]

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16 February: European and National Parliaments debate democratic accountability in economic governance

February 16, 2016

As part of the European Parliamentary Week, MEPs and members of national parliaments in the EU have debated ways to increase the democratic accountability of how the EU coordinates the economic policies of member states.

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The ECB in check: a case from Portugal on the new Single Supervisory Mechanism – by Nelson Coelho and Diane Fromage (Utrecht University)

June 10, 2016

Nelson Coelho is a PhD Researcher at Utrecht University School of Law; Diane Fromage is an Assistant Professor at Utrecht University School of Law and co-author of the Report on France on this website (This comment first appeared on the blogdroiteuropéen, European Central Bank (ECB) Vice-President Vítor Constâncio was recently invited by the Portuguese […]

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