European Bike-Sharing: how to move forward

  • Posted on 30th November 2017
European Bike-Sharing: how to move forward

Over the past six months, brightly coloured bikes have appeared across European cities as bike-sharing, and in particular dockless bike-sharing, has featured with ever growing prominence in public debates. Key to this discussion is the regulatory grey zone for dockless bike-sharing operators, and the response to this new disruptive sector from authorities. An encouraging message that Inline Policy heard at…

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The UK Government’s bid for a customs arrangement with the EU

  • Posted on 24th August 2017
The UK Government’s bid for a customs arrangement with the EU

The UK Government has released a position paper stating its desire for a future customs arrangement with the EU27. The release of this paper before an agreement on the EU’s priority areas is a statement from the UK that it is determined to start talks on the issue. This is despite the EU’s requirement that priority areas of citizens’ rights,…

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Short-term tourist accommodation – 10 points for inclusion in the European Commission’s sharing economy guidelines

  • Posted on 21st April 2016
Short-term tourist accommodation – 10 points for inclusion in the European Commission’s sharing economy guidelines

The European Commission will soon publish a set of best practice guidelines for the regulation of the sharing economy. The purpose is to support the growth of this emerging sector and also to address any regulatory imbalances that have emerged across Europe in the context of the single market. The guidance will also outline how existing EU regulations should be…

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Does the EU ETS need reviving, again?

  • Posted on 12th April 2016
Does the EU ETS need reviving, again?

Boom and Bust   The EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) has been up and down a rollercoaster over the last decade. Launched with considerable optimism in 2005 as one of the European Union’s prime policy instruments for tackling climate change by placing a price on greenhouse gas emissions, it has since gone through what can be most appropriately termed…

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16 for ’16: climate and energy issues to track this year

  • Posted on 7th January 2016
16 for ’16: climate and energy issues to track this year

2015 was a significant year for climate and energy policy and markets: from the momentous Paris agreement to Obama’s continuing push on the Clean Power Plan; from the new British Government’s fresh (and controversial) energy approach to, at last, some stability for the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), which may have real implications for the longer-term.   But it’s now…

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Capital Markets Union – What Does It Mean For The Fintech Industry?

  • Posted on 1st October 2015
Capital Markets Union – What Does It Mean For The Fintech Industry?

On a day when the entire financial services industry in the UK and in Continental Europe dissected the long-awaited – albeit leaked – European Commission Action Plan on Capital Markets Union, a few eyebrows were raised about some potential implications for the fintech community. Regulators at national and supranational level are still pondering over an optimal regulatory framework to promote…

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Is the EU ETS back on its feet?

  • Posted on 7th August 2015
Is the EU ETS back on its feet?

The EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), the EU’s flagship climate policy instrument aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions at least economic cost and incentivising investment in the low-carbon economy, has been back in the news – for once in a positive sense.   A major structural reform, aimed at tackling the huge surplus of allowances built up in the ETS…

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Paving the way for a ‘circular economy’ in Europe

  • Posted on 10th July 2015

In a speech at the European Parliament plenary debate on Monday 6th July, First Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, said that the Commission “remains strongly committed” to present a circular economy package towards the end of this year.  The reasons are quite simple: Vice-President Katainen, Commissioner Vella, Commissioner Bienkowska, and others, essentially believe that the new circular economy…

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Capital Markets Union – a new framework for diversification

  • Posted on 26th June 2015
Capital Markets Union – a new framework for diversification

In February of this year, the European Commission unveiled its Green Paper for ‘Building a Capital Markets Union’. Over the coming five years it will be the flagship project for the Directorate General responsible for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union (DG FISMA). The Green Paper clearly states that the European Commission’s objective is to stimulate economic growth,…

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