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Economy and Finance

Videos on economic topics

This video series aims to explain key EU economic and financial policies in a simple and concise way.

The euro

The Euro: A global currency

This video summarises the benefits of the euro not only for the EU but also internationally.

15 years of euro banknotes and coins

This video marks the 15th anniversary of the introduction of euro banknotes and coins, the successes and the challenges ahead.

Euro banknotes and coins

Protecting the euro

The European Union is working to protect euro banknotes and coins from being counterfeited. This video explains how this is done.

Anti-counterfeiting measures and legislation in the EU

Completing Europe's EMU

The euro has expanded opportunities for citizens and businesses but the crisis showed that we need more closely coordinated economic policies to realise its full benefits. The Presidents of the five institutions overseeing the euro have set out a vision to complete Europe's Economic and Monetary Union.

The Economic and Monetary Union (EMU)

Economic policy in EU countries

Making the Economic and Monetary Union united, democratic and efficient.


This video summarises the major initiatives to enhance the unity, efficiency and democratic accountability of Europe's Economic and Monetary Union by 2025.

Inclusive growth for social fairness

This video explains how the EU's Economic and Monetary Union as well as the European Pillar of Social Rights aim to promote social fairness for all EU citizens.

Climbing higher together – structural reforms for growth

Europe needs stronger economic growth and more investment to boost jobs and succeed in an evolving world economy. Find out how the EU helps countries achieve these aims through structural reforms and targeted policies.

Climbing higher together

Health and the EU – better spending, better lives

Health costs are expected to rise in the EU. The European Commission is helping countries to achieve better value for money in health care spending.

Going further together – the ageing population

As Europeans live longer and have fewer children, the proportion of elderly citizens will increase while the proportion of working-aged citizens will fall. This demographic evolution presents a challenge to our societies and our public finances that we need to prepare for.

Smart taxation – a winning strategy

Taxes can do more than just fund public services; they can also support growth, employment, investment, economic competitiveness and social fairness. Find out how the European Commission encourages smarter taxation.

Ensuring healthy public finances

Governments are the single largest economic actor and employer in most economies, providing essential public goods and services such as transport systems, schools, pensions and healthcare. See how the European Commission advises them on how to improve their tax and spending policies to support growth and encourage fairness. 

Economic cooperation within the EU

The European Fund for Strategic Investments EFSI

This video summarises what the European Fund for Strategic Investments has achieved so far in support of investments and jobs and what it aims for until 2020.

The European Investment Project Portal: Finding the right partner for projects

Just as matchmaking services can help people to find suitable partners in real life, the European Investment Project Portal helps EU project promoters to connect with investors worldwide to find the right match. 

The European Investment Project Portal: How to use the portal

The European Investment Project Portal is the EU platform to match and connect EU project promoters with investors worldwide. This video explains key features of the portal. 

EIPP portal

Financial instruments: Smart money

This video summarises how EU programmes support business and investment through financial instruments for loans and guarantees.

A balancing act – addressing macroeconomic imbalances

Europe's economies are interdependent and when one of them gets out of balance, it may affect others too. The European Commission works with countries to identify risks early on and correct them before they threaten the economic stability of the EU. Find out why this is important.

The Macroeconomic imbalance procedure

Navigating stormy seas – preventing future crises

From the deepest economic crisis the world economy has seen since the great depression, Europe is emerging with new common institutions and a greater commitment to shared responsibility and solidarity. Understand why the crisis happened and how Europe responded.

EU economic governance: monitoring, prevention, correction

Everyday training – managing our economies

The European Commission closely monitors the economic situation throughout Europe. It helps governments to coordinate so that they all work together for the common good and it provides robust and independent assessments of national policies. Understand how it works.

The European Semester

Staying ahead – investing in Europe

To shift economic growth into a higher gear and create more jobs, we need to invest more in the real economy. The European Union is helping countries and businesses to work as a team; identifying priorities and engineering solutions. A core part of this strategy is the EU’s Investment Plan for Europe, which should mobilise 315 billion euros of investment over the next three years.

The Investment Plan

Macro-economic policy beyond the EU

Macro-financial assistance

The EU works to establish a close economic and political dialogue with its neighbouring countries and also offers emergency loans and grants in difficult times. This video explains how this is arranged.

Macro-financial assistance (MFA)

The G20 and the EU

G20 membership gives the EU the opportunity to ensure its priorities are taken up in the global economic policy debate. In return, the EU benefits from a consistent international framework for the rules of its single market. See how this is a win-win game for all.

International economic relations