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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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13 PUBLICATIONS

Policy brief

Policy brief – Regulating ESG ratings to strengthen sustainable investors

In a policy brief published on May 17, Finance Watch proposes concrete policy measures to make ESG ratings reliable and meet the needs of ESG investors and other stakeholders, including regulators, while also supporting the EU’s transition to a sustainable economy.
Report

Report – The Problem Lies in the Net: Making Finance contribute to a Net Zero Economy

In a report published on June 22, Finance Watch proposes concrete policy measures to make the concept of “net-zero” meaningful, drive progress to net-zero in the real world and harness the stewardship powers of the financial sector to decarbonise the real economy
Report – The Problem Lies in the Net: Making Finance contribute to a Net Zero Economy
Consultation response

Consultation Response on the Supervisory Convergence and the Single Rule Book

Consultation Response on the Supervisory Convergence and the Single Rule Book
Open letter

Alliance Letters to EU institutions on the Reform of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs)  

Together with BEUC, Better Finance, AGE Platform Europe and Coface Families Europe, we sent two letters to the European institutions regarding the Reform of the European Supervisory Authorities.
Alliance Letters to EU institutions on the Reform of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs)  
Open letter

Reform of the European Supervisory Authorities and financial consumer protection

Together with four other organisations, Finance Watch has sent an open letter to the Members of the Council of the European Union to express serious concerns over their proposal for reforming the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs).
Reform of the European Supervisory Authorities and financial consumer protection
Joint statement

Joint Statement: ECON’s draft report on the review of the European Financial Supervisors

Joint Statement by Finance Watch, Better Finance, Beuc, Coface Families Europe, Age Plateform Europe
Joint Statement: ECON’s draft report on the review of the European Financial Supervisors
Policy brief

Finance Watch Blueprint on the European System of Financial Supervision

In order to ensure that the European financial system operates in a way that protects consumers, investors and taxpayers we need strong European supervisory authorities that are appropriate staffed, financed and given strong mandates.
Finance Watch Blueprint on the European System of Financial Supervision
Speech

Speech at the Public Hearing on the Review of the European System of Financial Supervision

Finance Watch’s Executive Director Anne Fily spoke on a panel at the European Parliament’s ECON Committee Public Hearing on the Review of the European System of Financial Supervision on 27 February 2018.
Speech at the Public Hearing on the Review of the European System of Financial Supervision
Open letter

Proposal for the EU financial supervisory reform – Open letter

Brussels, 27 November 2017 Finance Watch has co-signed a letter to the heads of the European Union institutions, European Supervisory Authorities and key policy makers on the review of the European system of the financial supervision.
Proposal for the EU financial supervisory reform – Open letter
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.
Briefing paper “ESMA’s role in sustainable finance”
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