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The banking union is an EU-level banking supervision and resolution system which operates on the basis of EU-wide rules. It aims to ensure that the banking sector in the euro area and the wider EU is safe and reliable and that non-viable banks are resolved without recourse to taxpayers' money and with minimal impact on the real economy.
The Eurogroup, the main forum for the management of the single currency area, is an informal body that brings together the finance ministers of countries whose currency is the euro.
The "European Semester" is a cycle of economic and fiscal policy coordination within the EU. Its focus is on the six-month period from the beginning of each year, hence its name – the "semester". During the European Semester the member states align their budgetary and economic policies with the objectives and rules agreed at the EU level.
The Council on 2 December adopted the regulation laying down the EU's multiannual financial framework (MFF) for 2014-2020.
Meeting on 9 December in Brussels, EU finance ministers expressed broad support to the Commission's recently announced €315 billion investment plan. They also approved two measures for combating tax fraud and tax avoidance, and agreed on the method for calculating of the contributions to the single resolution fund.
At the meeting on 17 November the Council and the European Parliament agreed that further discussions were needed for the two institutions to reach agreement on the EU budget for 2015 and on ways to address the outstanding payments in the 2014 budget.
27.01.2015 Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Ecofin)
10.03.2015 Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Ecofin)
12.05.2015 Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Ecofin)
19.06.2015 Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Ecofin)
12.12.2014 Joint Commission and Council technical briefing on Single Resolution Board /Single Resolution Fund - Brussels, 16 December 2014
10.12.2014 Occupational pension funds: Council agrees its stance on updated rules
10.12.2014 Long-term investment funds: Council confirms agreement with EP
09.12.2014 Press release - 3356th Council meeting - ECONOMIC and FINANCIAL AFFAIRS - Brussels, 9 December 2014 (provisional version)
The Economic and Financial Affairs Council, commonly known as the Ecofin Council, is responsible for economic policy, taxation matters, financial markets and capital movements, and economic relations with countries outside the EU.
It also prepares the EU's annual budget and takes care of the legal and practical aspects of the single currency, the euro.
The Ecofin Council coordinates member states' economic policies, furthers the convergence of their economic performance and monitors their budgetary policies.
It also coordinates EU positions for international meetings, such as the G20, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. It is also responsible for the financial aspects of international negotiations on measures to tackle climate change.
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