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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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Report

Report – Finance in a hot house world

Climate risk is growing to disruptive levels throughout the financial system and the guardians of financial stability urgently need to adapt their tools to regain control. Finance Watch’s new report calls for economic models that do not mislead, scenario analyses that prepare the market, and a new prudential tool to address the build-up of systemic climate risk.
Open letter

Open letter calling on policy-makers for a Basel-compliant Europe

In an open letter signed by 36 organisations and 79 individuals, Finance Watch called on co-legislators to reconsider their deviations from the international banking rules and steer Europe back on course with a timely, full and faithful implementation of the Basel III framework at EU level.
Joint statement

Joint letter – 16 organisations urge ECON to bolster action against climate risk in Basel III finalisation

In a joint letter signed by 16 organisations, Finance Watch and partners urged Members of the ECON Committee to take credible action to tackle climate-related financial risks and to fully implement the Basel III provisions in the CRR and CRD reviews.
Joint letter – 16 organisations urge ECON to bolster action against climate risk in Basel III finalisation
Report

Report – A safer transition for fossil banking: Quantifying capital needed to reflect transition risk

New research shows the world’s 60 biggest banks have $1.35 trillion USD of exposures to fossil fuel assets. Capital increase needed to reflect risk is equivalent to 3-5 months of bank profits.
Report – A safer transition for fossil banking: Quantifying capital needed to reflect transition risk
Consultation response

Response to the EBA Discussion Paper on Environmental Risks in the Prudential Framework

Open letter

Open letter: banks and insurers must account for climate risk

In the open letter below, sent to policymakers in the European Parliament, Finance Watch and 13 partners call to include mandatory transition plans and capital requirements for climate-related risks in their review of the EU banks and insurers prudential rules.
Open letter: banks and insurers must account for climate risk
Speech

Finalising Basel III to serve the European economy (ECON Hearing on the Basel III “Finalisation Package”)

At the ECON Hearing on the Basel III “Finalisation Package” on 31st March 2022, Finance Watch’s Chief Economist, Thierry Philipponnat, called for a faithful implementation of the Basel III framework and to adapt it to take into account climate change related risk at Pillar 1 level (video here).
Finalising Basel III to serve the European economy (ECON Hearing on the Basel III “Finalisation Package”)
Policy brief

Policy brief: “Cracks in the pillars – Financial stability loses out in the EU’s Basel III endgame”

Finance Watch’s analysis of the Banking Package 2021 shows how it fails to do justice to the Basel III cycle of post-crisis reforms and continues to leave European banks insufficiently capitalised, and taxpayers exposed.
Consultation response

Improving the EU Macroprudential Framework for the Banking Sector (Consultation response)

Improving the EU Macroprudential Framework for the Banking Sector (Consultation response)
Report

Report: A ‘silver bullet’ against Green Swans – Incorporating climate risk into prudential rules

Simple measures taken now can sever climate change-financial instability link, says a new report “A silver bullet against green swans: Incorporating climate-related financial risk into bank and insurance prudential rules”.
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