The event was organized by the Ministry of Finance within the scope of activities of the Czech Presidency. The workshop, which was held in the historical premises of Kaiserštejnský and Malostranský Palaces, was attended by representatives of the European Commission and experts from EU Member States.
On 12 – 13 June an international workshop entitled “Towards a New Financial Regulatory Framework” was held in Prague. The event was organised by the Ministry of Finance within the scope of activities of the Czech Presidency.
On 12-13 June, Prague will host an international workshop under the title “Towards a new financial regulatory framework”. The meeting is organised by the Ministry of Finance under the auspices of the Czech Presidency.
On Tuesday 9 June, for the last time during the Czech Presidency, EU Ministers responsible for finance and economy will meet in Luxembourg. The ECOFIN meeting will be chaired by Czech Finance Minister and ECOFIN President Eduard Janota.
The main priorities of the Swedish Presidency include the fight against the consequences of the economic crisis and against climate change. Sweden and the preceding French and Czech Presidencies form the Trio Presidency. The rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union is held for six months by each Member State in turn. However, the Presidencies work in Trios so as to maintain the continuity in the running of the Council.
President of the ECOFIN Council and Czech Minister of Finance Eduard Janota spoke today at the Brussels Economic Forum on “population ageing, the economic crisis, and their impact on the sustainability of public finances”.
On 10 – 12 May Prague hosts the 41st Conference of Community and European Affairs Committees of Parliaments of the European Union (COSAC). In today’s part of the meeting the parliamentarians discussed among other things the current economic and financial situation in Europe. Czech Finance Minister Eduard Janota and former Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek addressed the conference as well.
After the April informal meeting held in Prague, the EU Finance Ministers met again in Brussels.
European Union Presidency Conclusions of the Ministerial Dialogue between the Economic and Finance Ministers of the EU and the Candidate Countries - on 5 May 2009, Brussels
On Tuesday 5 May, Ministers of Finance and Economy from the European Union’s Member States will meet in Brussels. The ECOFIN meeting will be chaired by Czech Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek.
On 25–26 April, Washington hosted the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB). The Czech delegation was headed by Miroslav Kalousek, the Czech Finance Minister and WB governor on behalf of the Czech Republic, and Zdeněk Tůma, the Governor of the Czech National Bank representing at the same time the Czech Republic as the IMF Governor.
The Regulation on credit rating agencies – a key topic on the agenda of the Czech Presidency – was approved today by the Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) and by the European Parliament. The final approval of the compromise text of the regulation, drafted by the Czech Presidency, is a significant step toward enhancing the transparency of financial markets.
On Friday 17 April 2009 the Czech Presidency informed the Member States about the state of play on the negotiation of the amendments to the Capital Requirements Directive. A preliminary agreement has been reached between the Presidency and the representatives of the European Parliament on all of the important political issues.
Significant progress has been made in preparation of the Regulation on credit rating agencies when the Council of the EU and the European Parliament achieved preliminary agreement on the compromise text of the Regulation. This had been preceded by intensive negotiation led by the Czech presidency team.
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At an informal meeting in Prague today, EU Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors reached agreement on key principles for the reform of financial market supervision.
Statement by the informal Ecofin - 4 April Prague
On 3 and 4 April, Prague hosts an informal meeting of finance and economy ministers and governors of central banks of the European Union.
Czech Prime Minister and President of the European Council Mirek Topolánek together with Czech Finance Minister and President of the Ecofin Council Miroslav Kalousek are attending the G20 Summit in London.
A meeting of Directors General of Customs from the EU Member States, the candidate countries Croatia and Turkey, as well as Serbia, FYROM, Norway and Switzerland ended in Prague today. The motto of the meeting was “Moving Forward Together”. The Directors General discussed the so-called Prague Challenge, which outlines the basic direction of development in the sphere of the electronisation of customs procedures (eCustoms).
On 3 – 4 April an informal meeting of the EU Ministers of Economy and Finance and the Governors of the European central banks will take place in Prague.
The Czech Presidency has succeeded to finalise the negotiations concerning the Solvency II Directive which had been discussed for the past two years.
The Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) approved a proposal for a new Directive governing the issuance of electronic money and supervision of electronic money institutions today.
The Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) approved a proposal for a new Regulation on cross-border payments in euro today.
The Czech Presidency was pleased by the statements from several countries, e.g. Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Andorra, Singapore and Hong Kong, who in future will be more open in their fiscal policies regarding exchange of tax information.
On 16 March Czech Minister of Finance Miroslav Kalousek received his Maltese colleague, Minister of Finance, Economy and Investment Tonio Fenech.
Czech Finance Minster Miroslav Kalousek participated in the meeting of the G20 Finance Ministers in Horsham, Britain, as the President of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN).
On 12 March 2009 Czech Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek briefly met Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Luxembourg Jean-Claude Juncker, who was on an official visit to the Czech Republic.
In view of the adverse effects of the global financial turmoil on the economic and financial situation in Romania, the Council Presidency and the Commission express the European Union's readiness to support Romania in avoiding risks of increasing market pressures and in achieving the orderly unwinding of imbalances.
The Economic and Financial Affairs Council, chaired by Czech Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek, met in Brussels for the third time this year.
Preparation of regulation on credit rating agencies - an important item on the agenda of the Czech Presidency, has significantly progressed.
The EU Finance and Economy Ministers will meet on 10 March in Brussels, already their third meeting this year. The ECOFIN Council will be chaired by Czech Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek.
They discussed climate protection commitments in view of the current crisis and work to be done ahead of the Spring European Council.
The EU Customs Union Working Group – Customs Legislation and Policy – has approved the draft action plan of the customs authorities for the combat against intellectual property rights infringements in 2009-2012, prepared by the Presidency in cooperation with the Commission.
Minister of Finance Miroslav Kalousek presented the Council recommendations concerning the 2007 discharge to the MEPs.
Today, Czech Finance Minister and ECOFIN Council President Miroslav Kalousek took part in a meeting of the EP Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) with National Parliaments.
Speech by Miroslav Kalousek, Minister od Finance, at ECON meeting with National Parliaments
Czech Minister of Finance Miroslav Kalousek chaired the Ecofin Council for the second time. With respect to the preparations for the Spring European Council, the Finance Ministers discussed the implementation of national measures under the European Economic Recovery Plan. In relation to this issue the Ecofin Council also touched upon issues of space for the execution of fiscal stimuli and the appropriate timing of budget consolidation.
EU economics and finance ministers will meet for the second time this year on Tuesday 10 February for the meeting of the Ecofin Council. The meeting will be chaired by Czech Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek.
Presentation of the Czech Presidency’s Priorities concerning Financial and Economic Affairs to the European Parliament, Miroslav Kalousek, Minister of Finance.
Today’s meeting of the EU Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) in Brussels was presided over by Czech Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek for the first time.
On 20 January 2009 Brussels will hold its first meeting of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Ecofin) under the auspices of the Czech Presidency.
Czech Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek and British Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling met in Prague today.