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House of Commons Hansard
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ECOFIN: 25 May 2018
11 June 2018
Volume 642
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A meeting of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) was held in Brussels on 25 May 2018. EU Finance Ministers discussed the following:

Early Morning Session

The Eurogroup President briefed the Council on the outcomes of the 24 May meeting of the Eurogroup, and the European Commission provided an update on the current economic situation in the EU.

Banking Package

The Council agreed a general approach to the banking risk reduction package including proposals for legislative amendments to the capital requirements regulation (CRR) and directive (CRD), single resolution mechanism regulation (SRMR), and the bank recovery and resolution directive (BRRD).

Strengthening administrative co-operation

The Council discussed measures to strengthen administrative co-operation in the area of VAT, but were unable to reach agreement on a general approach.

General reverse charge mechanism

The Council discussed proposals to allow member states to apply a temporary VAT general reverse charge mechanism, but were unable to reach agreement on a general approach.

E-publications

The Council discussed proposals to allow member states to apply reduced rates of VAT on e-publications, but were unable to reach agreement on a general approach.

Current financial services legislative proposals

The Bulgarian presidency provided an update on current legislative proposals in the field of financial services.

European semester

The Council adopted Council conclusions on the in-depth reviews of macroeconomic imbalances in member states as part of the macroeconomic imbalances procedure, and the implementation of 2017 country-specific recommendations as assessed in the Commission’s Country Reports, published on 7 March.

2018 Ageing report

The Council adopted Council conclusions on the 2018 Ageing report on age-related spending and the sustainability of public finances.

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