January 2020

"La lettre B" l'essentiel de l'actualité économique et financière européenne décryptée

“La lettre B” N° 1 – January 2020


Brexit: Council adopts decision to conclude the withdrawal agreement

The Council has adopted, by written procedure, the decision on the conclusion of the withdrawal agreement on behalf of the EU. This follows the European Parliament’s vote of consent on 29 January and the signature of the withdrawal agreement by the EU and the United Kingdom on 24 January. The withdrawal agreement will enter into force upon the UK’s exit from the EU, on 31 January 2020 at midnight CET. From that time on, the UK will no longer be an EU member state and will be considered as a third country. The withdrawal agreement ensures an orderly withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Union. It covers citizens’ rights, the financial settlement, a transition period,  protocols on Ireland/Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Gibraltar, governance and other separation issues: Read More→


EP wants binding rules on common chargers 

The European Parliament calls on the Commission to put forward beefed-up rules on common chargers by July 2020 at the latest. There is an “urgent need for EU regulatory action” to reduce electronic waste and empower consumers to make sustainable choices, MEPs say in a resolution approved by 582 votes to 40, with 37 abstentions, calling for the mandatory introduction of common chargers for all mobile devices. Parliament wants the Commission to adopt the delegated act foreseen in the 2014 Radio Equipment Directive by July 2020 or, if necessary, table a legislative measure by the same date, at the latest. Without hampering innovation, the EU executive should ensure that the legislative framework for a common charger will be “scrutinised regularly in order to take into account technical progress”. MEPs reiterate that research and innovation are vital to improve existing technologies and come up with new ones. Read More→



La BEI et la ville de Vienne signent un partenariat pour le climat

La Banque européenne d’investissement (BEI) et la ville de Vienne entendent encore approfondir leur coopération en matière de lutte contre les changements climatiques. Les deux parties ont signé à Vienne une « déclaration commune relative à un partenariat pour le climat », aux termes de laquelle les futurs projets de la ville de Vienne dans les domaines du logement, de l’énergie, des déchets et de la mobilité seront examinés en amont du point de vue de leur contribution à la lutte contre les changements climatiques en vue de bénéficier d’un éventuel concours financier de la banque européenne du climat. Il s’agit du premier accord de partenariat que la banque européenne du climat signe avec une métropole européenne. La BEI vient de décider à l’automne dernier d’aligner l’ensemble de ses activités de financement sur les objectifs de l’accord de Paris. Un rôle décisif lui est dévolu dans le pacte vert pour l’Europe de la nouvelle présidente de la Commission européenne, Ursula von der Leyen.. Read More→



Over EUR 2.8 billion worth of drugs in Eurojust-supported cases in 2019

With the support of Eurojust, EU Member States last year tackled illicit drug trafficking worth over EUR 2.8 billion. Approximately EUR 2 billion in criminal assets were frozen and over a thousand weapons, mobile phones, laptops and cars were seized. A total of 2 686 suspects were arrested or surrendered to other Member States, through action days, coordination meetings and other judicial support provided by Eurojust. These first operational achievements were presented today to European Commissioner for Justice Mr Didier Reynders by Eurojust President Mr Ladislav Hamran. Eurojust President Mr Ladislav Hamran said: ‘It is our role to assist Member States in combatting cross-border crime and to deliver concrete results, in order to get justice done and show citizens that crime doesn’t pay. We stand ready, on a daily basis, to support the EU and the countries with which we have cooperation agreements, to give appropriate judicial support and coordinate actions, which otherwise would be very difficult.’ Read More→