Brussels, 18 April 2017 - Finance Watch, the public interest advocacy group working to make finance serve society, has published its Annual Report to stakeholders for 2016.
Finance Watch is made up of 48 civil society Members from 12 European countries and has more than 30,000 supporters from the general public. It was created after the financial crisis to work on financial reform and regulation, acting as a citizens' counterweight to the powerful financial lobby.
In 2016, our team attended 131 meetings with policymakers, prepared 18 consultation responses, public hearings and reports, organised two public conferences, and were cited on social media and in the press on a wide variety of issues.
Commenting on the report, Finance Watch’s Acting Secretary General, Benoît Lallemand, said:
“I am proud to present this record of our association’s achievements in 2016, in policy areas including banking, securitisation and capital markets, commodity derivatives, consumer protection, and civil society capacity-building among others. I would like to thank all our Members and stakeholders for their support over the past year.”
Looking to the future, the Chair of the Board of Directors of Finance Watch, Rainer Lenz, said:
“Citizens have a big stake in how the financial sector evolves. On their behalf, in 2017 we will push for more ambitious changes to promote sustainable investment and help the financial sector to meet society’s wider needs.”