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This policy portal provides a public interest perspective on the issues at stake and ongoing legislative debates in the field of financial regulation.

As major rules for financial institutions are set at the EU rather than national level, EU legislators play the key role. Adequate rules are of crucial importance, as the size, complexity and influence of the financial system have reached unprecedented levels. Challenges like digitalisation or accelerating climate change need to be addressed too. There is a long way to go to make finance truly serve the economy and society.



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Consultation response

Response to consultation on the functioning of the ESG ratings market and on the consideration of ESG factors in credit ratings

Position paper

Game-changer: Financing the European Green Deal

A civil society briefing on financing a fair ecological transition
Consultation response

ESMA consultation on Disclosure Requirements Applicable to Credit Ratings

Position paper

Briefing paper “ESMA’s role in sustainable finance”

This briefing from seven civil society groups (E3G, WWF, CDSB, CDP, ShareAction, ClientEarth, and Finance Watch) sets out six actions that the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) should undertake, as part of its mandate to protect investors and avert financial instability, to facilitate the integration and management of climate and wider sustainability risks in financial markets.

Cheat sheet: What is CRA 3?

CRA 3 Key Issues A credit rating agency (CRA) provides opinions on the creditworthiness of entities such as companies or governments and of debt instruments such as bonds. The biggest three CRAs are Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s and Fitch, which together cover approximately 95% of the world market. The second revision of the CRA Regulation (CRA3) reviews the EU’s regulatory framework for CRAs.

Evidence at Parliament ECON hearing on CRA3

Finance Watch evidence at a European Parliament ECON Committee public hearing on the European Commission’s proposed reforms of credit ratings agencies (CRA3). Press release 24 Jan 2012

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