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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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15 PUBLICATIONS

Consultation response

Response to the European Commission’s Consultation on Open Finance Framework and Data Sharing in the Financial Sector

Position paper

Position Paper on the Retail Investment Strategy

To ensure that European citizens can safely invest in capital markets, both online and offline, improvements are needed to enhance the EU retail investor protection framework.
Consultation response

Amending the Mortgage Credit Directive to address consumer protection issues, digitalisation and green mortgages

Report

Analysis of the EU Digital Finance package – A New Finance Watch Report

Finance Watch provides in a new report analysis of policy proposals by the European Commission to regulate and supervise the fast-emerging market of digital finance. This report welcomes the Commission’s initiative and explores the proposed regulations, including on markets in crypto-assets (MiCA), digital operational resilience (DORA) and market infrastructures based on Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT Pilot).
Consultation response

Response to consultation: Directive on Distance Marketing of Consumer Financial Services

Consultation response

Response to European Commission Public consultation on instant payments

Consultation response

Establishing ESAP: EU Commission consultation response

Position paper

Responsible lending and privacy protection: A consumer perspective

On 19 October 2020, Finance Watch has published a discussion paper on ways that EU policymakers could help to reduce irresponsible consumer lending in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis and data misuse following recent changes in the EU payments industry.
Report

Financial Exclusion: Making the invisible visible

Brussels, 3 March 2020 – Finance Watch released a report on the increasing range of people in the EU encountering difficulties in accessing financial services. Financialisation and technological developments are part of the reason for this increase but, importantly, it is also due to the rise of EU workers living in poverty since the financial crisis.
Position paper

Libra: Heads I win – tails you lose

Finance Watch releases a highly sceptical initial assessment of plans to create a new global stablecoin, Libra.
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