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EU moves toward historic Banking Union deal

17 February - 18 February 2014, Brussels (ECFIN 2014)

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More than five years since the financial crisis struck, Europe is on the verge of finalising one of its most ambitious reforms since the launch of the Euro - an agency and fund to shut problem banks as soon as the European Central Bank starts to police them next year. By setting up a system to shutter troubled lenders, Europe would equip the ECB with the means of dealing with teetering banks.

The aim is to prevent a repeat of the turmoil when failing banks in countries from Ireland to Cyprus brought their states to the brink of bankruptcy. The deal lays the groundwork for the banking sector to pay into funds for the closure of failed lenders, amassing roughly EUR 55bn over ten years. It involves input from a new agency empowered to shut banks, the European Commission and up to 18 eurozone countries. It now remains to be seen whether the European Parliament, which also has a say in the law, will approve the scheme during the negotiations next year.

Against this backdrop and on the occasion of the upcoming meeting of the Eurogroup and ECOFIN finance ministers on 17 and 18 February 2014, the European Journalism Centre in co-operation with the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs, is tailoring a media seminar for a specialised group of 18 journalists from the EU28 covering economic and financial issues.

The event will feature panel discussions as well as on and off the record talks with senior members of the EU institutions, representatives of the upcoming Greek Presidency, the ECB and the IMF as well as experts from the think tank and academic communities in Brussels. The two-day programme includes attending the Eurogroup and ECOFIN press conferences.

The discussions will be lively, informal and should significantly help those attending to get the inside track on where the EU economy and currency is and what future predictions are being made about it.

The seminar will be held from 17-18 February 2014 in Brussels. The organisers will cover travel, accommodation and some meals.
For more information, please contact Lisa Bushart at bushart@ejc.net.

This seminar is organised with financial and organisational support from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs.

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