Goals of the Kangaroo Group
Decided at the enlarged board meeting 4.12.2013
A strong Europe: competitive, innovative, secure
The main goals of the Kangaroo Group are the further development of the Single Market, the stability of the European and international financial system and the further development of the Common Security and Defence Policy.
In pursuit of these goals it applies the principles of subsidiarity and sustainability. It fosters a highly competitive Social Market Economy.
The motto of the Kangaroo Group is Free Movement and Security.
The Internal Market
The goal of the Kangaroo Group is to create a European Home Market for our citizens and the European enterprises. We will concentrate on the leftovers of the internal market program, mainly in the field of energy and environment, health products, security and defence.
The Kangaroo Group considers the protection of intellectual property as a necessary European Structure and an important instrument to foster innovation. The new European Patent is a major step forward on this way. The next step will be legislation for better protection of trade secrets.
The Kangaroo Group considers common technical standards and common certifications of products as powerful instruments for abolishing barriers to trade and will follow the work of the European Standards Institutes and common bodies of Certification. It also fosters the project of the European Single Sky and the negotiation of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
In the framework of its Working Group on Consumer Goods, the Kangaroo Group strives to achieve a truly borderless single market that is win-win for business and consumers. It is particularly important to lift barriers to free movement and establishment, remove discriminatory practices, facilitate equal access for SMEs, promote e-commerce, as well as urge stakeholders to take their shared responsibility for sustainability and for a better functioning supply chain, enhancing consumer choice and providing value for money.
We think it is necessary to strengthen the European financial system. The financial crisis has revealed gaps in the financial sector regulations which this Parliament has timely addressed and are being corrected.
We want to strengthen the resilience and stability of the financial sector and ensure consistency of regulatory measures at international level. We seek to strengthen the system, whilst at the same time, avoiding unnecessary red tape.
The key debates over the next year will focus on the implementation of the Single Supervisory Mechanism, the Resolution and Recovery Mechanism of banks and the transparency of Central Banks, as well as finalizing Mifid II, Omnibus II, IMD II, and the governance and transparency of occupational pension funds. Progress of the banking Union must be the priority for the immediate future.
Security and Defence
Our working group on Security and Defence will follow the implementation of the results of the Defence Summit. This should lead to a public debate about the European interests and values we should promote and protect, and the capabilities we need to face evolving threats. This public debate may lead to a European White Paper on Security and Defence or a Strategic Concept of the European Union.
We will assess the planning and deployment of new and ongoing CSDP missions and operations, early warning and information sharing with other institutions and protected telecommunications.
Capabilities will be discussed with a special focus on certification for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems and their admission to the European Airspace, intelligence, space situational awareness, the security of space based assets, and the next generation of satellite communications.
We aim at developing common standards for the living and working conditions of Soldiers serving in missions of the European Union. This implies common training, adequate equipment, social protection, as well as access to medical facilities.
Open Borders between the Member States will only be maintained if the external borders of the Union are adequately protected. We will therefore examine the future of Frontex, Eurosur and the humanitarian and security aspects of the protection of our external borders.
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The City could find it cold in “Canada”
Discussion paper from Kangaroo Group Member Graham Bishop
New Year media reports suggest the UK Government thinks the EU27 is bluffing when chief negotiator Barnier states that UK-based banks will lose their “passports” to do business in the EU27. Instead, DexEU Secretary Davis has called for a “Canada plus plus plus” trade deal – implying that financial services will not find themselves at a disadvantage.
Euro “clearing”: Liability and Location
Discussion paper from Kangaroo Group Member Graham Bishop
"The key interest rate contracts cleared in the UK are more than 50 times UK GDP, and 10 times the Eurozone’s GDP. Put starkly: €117 trillion of euro derivatives may have to be supported by liquidity based on the ECB’s €0.011 trillion capital and that of National Central Banks."
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Euro “clearing”: Liability and Location
16 January 2017
This issue of `clearing’ is likely to come to a head quickly once Article 50 Notice of `intention to leave’ is served by the UK - as a direct consequence of the G20 commitment to ensure there are no more taxpayer-funded bailouts of EU financial institutions. Post Brexit, Eurozone Member States are likely to be very concerned about capital market activities denominated in euro that – in a crisis – could create liabilities for their taxpayers. At that stage, UK-based financial firms will not be subject to EU law and therefore outside the ECB’s ability to enforce any necessary managerial change – unless the UK agrees to surrender control to EU institutions.
However, it is very disturbing to an outsider that, eight years after the Lehman crash, there are still good grounds for concern in a systemic crisis– especially flowing from the “clearing” of euro:
ESMA 2016 stress test “A CM defaulting in one CCP would also be considered to be in default in all CCPs, in which it is a member, leading to more than 25 CM defaulting EU-wide…”
The Commission’s December 2016 CCP Resolution Proposal “No Member State has yet developed a full national regime for CCP recovery and resolution which fully complies with the G20-endorsed FSB principles, including as regards the need for effective coordination and oversight against cross-border spill-overs.”
The magnitude of the risks are extraordinary: The key interest rate contracts cleared in the UK are more than 50 times UK GDP, and 10 times the Eurozone’s GDP. Put starkly: €117 trillion of euro derivatives may have to be supported by liquidity based on the ECB’s €0.011 trillion capital and that of National Central Banks. Any resultant credit losses would be a major political concern for Eurozone taxpayers, governments and Parliaments.
Does the EU27/ECB need to “do” anything further about Brexit? The ECB’s post-Brexit re-statement of its “oversight policy” provides a powerful analysis – implicitly - of the post-Brexit situation when it would have no powers to “induce change” in critical offshore financial market infrastructures. Once the Article 50 Notice has been served, all UK firms will be fully aware that their “EEA Authorisation” will expire at the moment of Brexit so they will need to make their own plans to continue their EU business.
The working assumption must be that the UK will not be a part of the European Economic Area (EEA) so any bespoke arrangement (normally taking the form of a Treaty) may require significant adjustment to many EU Directives and Regulations. The much-discussed “transitional arrangements” for UK firms might not be “in force” before 2023, given the necessary legislative processes. As risk-averse clients recognise the new risks, they may exercise their freedom to move their derivative positions to CCPs in a market where they can have a high degree of confidence that the ECB would supply liquidity in a crisis.
A major loss of derivatives business could worsen the UK’s balance of payments deficit by a third from its current record deficit - even at modest profitability levels for the derivative book. Parliament should require the BoE to analyse and publish the balance of payments implications in detail.
Eurocorps as a pilot project for the European Defence Union
Discussion Paper on the basis of a meeting of the Kangaroo Group with General Ramirez
The decision of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union makes it necessary to rethink the European Union from the beginning. We have to ask ourselves what the citizens really expect from the European Union. In the past seventy years the European Union has made a major contribution to the security and prosperity of the European nations.
Future of the Eurocorps
At a meeting with members of the Eurocorps in Strasbourg Karl von Wogau, Secretary General of the Kangaroo Group and Honorary Member of the European Parliament, stated that the Eurocorps should be moved into the center of the Common Security and Defence Policy. It should become the Preferred Headquarter of the European Union. Moreover its five framework nations France, Germany, Spain, Belgium and Luxembourg should take the decision to put the Eurocorps at the permanent disposal of the European Union.
In the present discussion about Monetary and Political Union the opinion is often heard that a Political Union consists in total harmonization. But this is certainly not what we want to achive. The strength of Europe is its variety and the peaceful competition between its Member States. On the contrary the hard core of a Political Union is a common foreign and defence policy. ...
The Role of the Multinational Corps
The European Council in June has not been very encouraging for those who believe in the necessity of an autonomous Security and Defence Policy of the European Union. Public attention was taken by the problems of Greece and the drama of the refugees in the Mediterranean. The discussion about Security and Defence took only a very short time.
Europe War and Peace
The author looks at general rules for peace preservation from Kant, Fukuyama, Einstein and Freud as well as Henry Kissinger and tries to draw conclusions for the present security situation of Europe. The presentation was in October 2015.