Posts Tagged ‘UE’


Milk quotas were originally introduced for 5 years, but the expiry date has been put back several times. The final date was decided in the 2003 CAP reform, and reconfirmed in 2008 with concrete steps to provide a “soft landing” by the end of March 2015. Some win -some lose … Romania lose! (but there is still a chance!)

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Geopolitics is back. As 2015 begins, political conflict among the world’s great powers is in play more than at any time since the end of the Cold War. US relations with Russia are fully broken. China is charting its own course. The ties that bind Europe are fraying on multiple fronts. Others–Gulf Arabs, Brazil, India–are hedging their plans and alliances in reaction to increasing geopolitical uncertainty.

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Faptul că noile tehnologii de exploatare a gazelor și petrolului schimbă lumea nu mai este o surpriză pentru nimeni; dar viteza cu care aceste schimbări se produc rămâne în continuare surprinzătoare. Cel puțin asta reiese din faptul că, ridicarea restricțiilor exporturilor americane de petrol: un subiect la care, în urmă cu doar doi-trei ani nimeni nu s-ar fi gândit că s-ar putea ajunge vreodată, a ajuns să deschidă agenda publică americană în 2014. Și chiar dacă deocamdată pare doar o problemă internă americană, preluarea acestei teme și pe agenda publică internațională este doar o chetiune de timp, deoarece, transformarea SUA în exportator de petrol modifică radical actualul establishment.

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What happens when interest rates are “artificially” lowered below zero ? Denmark moved interest rates below zero in 2012. They are still below zero today. The European Central Bank has introduced a raft of measures aimed at stimulating the eurozone economy, including negative interest rates and cheap long-term loans to banks. It cut its deposit rate for banks from zero to -0.1%, to encourage banks to lend to businesses rather than hold on to money. What will happen then? You already know… Savers will get clobbered. People will borrow money. And asset prices will go up. So what should you do? Own assets. Own stocks and real estate, both in Europe and in the U.S.  I could be wrong of course. But I believe that this is still a time to be playing offense, not defense. There will be a day to play good defense. But we’re not there yet… In my opinion, now is a time to make money.

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Deși vizată în mod special prin cel de-al treilea val de sancțiuni impuse de Statele Unite și Uniunea Europeana, industria rusă de petrol și gaze (principala sursă de venituri la bugetul de stat), nu pare foarte afectată. Ba dimpotrivă s-ar putea spune, dacă sunt parcurse comunicatele companiilor europene și americane de petrol și gaze care par la fel de hotărâte ca întotdeauna să-și continue activitatea în Rusia. În același timp, în plan economic, în general, în urma măsurilor de răspuns adoptate de Rusia, mai degrabă Occidentul pare a fi acela ce are mai mult de pierdut de pe urma disputei. Dincolo de aparențe însă, efectele sancțiunilor asupra industriei și economiei ruse sunt din ce în ce mai puțin neglijabile, iar, pe termen lung, erodarea capacității industriei ruse de petrol și gaze de a juca un rol important pe piața internațională de profil pare inevitabilă.

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As the euro area starts to show signs of an economic turnaround, with growth expected to pick up gradually in 2014 and 2015, now is perhaps a good time to assess the longer term prospects for the area as a whole.

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This fall, a truck dumped eight million coins outside the Parliament building in Bern, one for every Swiss citizen. It was a publicity stunt for advocates of an audacious social policy that just might become reality in the tiny, rich country. Along with the coins, activists delivered 125,000 signatures — enough to trigger a Swiss public referendum, this time on providing a monthly income to every citizen, no strings attached. Every month, every Swiss person would receive a check from the government, no matter how rich or poor, how hardworking or lazy, how old or young.

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Optimism that the eurozone is turning the corner has seen regional equity markets outperform the US, UK and Japan during a volatile trading environment for August. While the broad European market was rattled this week by expectations that a military strike on Syria looms, sentiment has generally remained resilient, buoyed by a record-breaking $12bn of inflows into eurozone shares over the past nine weeks as investors have sold bonds and emerging market assets.

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Economia Europeana da semne ca revenirea este inca in curs …. iar miscarile marilor investitori par sa confirme asta!

European equity funds have seen the longest streak of inflows for more than six years as investors pull out of emerging markets as well as US equity funds, data showed on Friday.

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Brussels has put on hold some EU funding to Hungary after it found alleged irregularities in the way development subsidies have been managed by Budapest.

“The European Commission can confirm that it has temporarily put on hold certain payments to Hungary from EU structural funds . . . due to significant deficiencies identified by commission audits in the management and control systems of eight operational programmes,” said Jonathan Todd, a commission spokesman.

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