The Council of Ministers, in an extraordinary meeting yesterday, Thursday, approved a Royal Decree-Law “as a matter of urgency” to reduce the taxes applied to power supply, and thus the electricity price for households, the self-employed, SMEs and companies as a whole. It involves lowering VAT on electricity from 21% to 10% until end-year and suspending the 7% tax on electricity generation for three months. These measures, agreed between the…
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Standard Ethics has downgraded JPMorgan Chase’s Corporate Rating to “E+” from the previous “EE-”. The Bank -component of the SE US Index- is one of the world’s oldest and largest financial institutions. The US Bank financially supports the ‘Super League’ project consisting of some of the biggest European football clubs some of which are controlled by non-European shareholders.
The German Constitutional Court has unblocked Germany’s ratification of the Next Generation EU, the €750 billion European recovery fund with which the Union aims to boost the European economy. The German TC has dismissed the appeal lodged by a group of German citizens because it considers that the consequences of the preliminary blockage would be more serious if it were subsequently declared constitutional than if it were to go ahead and eventually be found to be unconstitutional.
In its latest economic bulletin, the ECB admits that fiscal cost of the economic crisis resulting from Covid-19 varies greatly among the countries of the euro area. The institution predicts that the pandemic will cause a fiscal hole of 28% of GDP in Spain between 2020-22, followed by Italy (24%) and France (21%).
Analysts at BofA Global Research still expect the global oil market to move into a 4.9mn b/d deficit in 4Q20 on the back of the OPEC+ cuts, supporting crude prices. Yet diesel and jetfuel/kerosene make up by far the largest petroleum product group in the oil market. So crude oil prices cannot really rally until distillate demand, jet fuel included, recovers to more normal levels in the next few months.
Julia Pastor | Chairman and Owner with 90% of the capital of the Spanish energy firm Audax Renovables José Elías regrets that the whole industry has made a terrible mistake. “We were able to generate all that photovoltaic energy and we were able to develop an industry around that, but we screwed up, ruining a lot of citizens. We could not have acted worse,” he reckons.
Julia Pastor | Board member at the Bermuda Monetary Authority, Professor Karel van Hulle considers that the current accounting standards, which changed last year, “is not good because since it does not recognize the change we are seeing in society whereby people want to have more future-oriented value in the balance sheet.” This is the second part of our conversation.
Julia Pastor | Accounting expert Karel Van Hulle (+30 years of experience at the European Commission) believes that financial states of the companies should focus more on important issues for society. “Firms today are different than the ones we had in the past… they don’t have assets in their balance sheets since all their value is non-tangible.”
Julia Pastor | Born in Paris, Kalypso Nicolaïdis grew up in Greece. She also has Spanish heritage. Because of all of this she says she has a vision of Europe filtered through the southern roots. Nevertheless she lives and works in Oxford, where she is Professor of International Relations at the University . In her last visit to Madrid she gave a conference in the Fundacion Areces about European economic governance.
via The Conversation | It is almost too easy to bash Facebook these days. Nearly a third of Americans feel the country’s most popular social media platform is bad for society. As the company approaches its 15th birthday, Americans rate its social benefit as better than Marlboro cigarettes, but worse than McDonald’s.