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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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Open letter

Our letter to the EBA on top official’s alleged move to lobbying organisation

Update 28/10/19 -> You can now sign a petition organised by the Change Finance coalition.
Open letter

Open Letter for the Sibiu Summit 2019 on the Future of Europe

Finance Watch has co-signed a letter with over 50 other civil society organisations from across Europe. The letter has been sent to the EU heads of state attending the Sibiu Summit 2019 on the Future of Europe, urging them nominate European commissioners who will support and serve present and future generations, and prioritise environment, quality of life and decent work.
Consultation response

Finance Watch response to the public consultation on impact assessment guidelines

Consultation response

Response to the EC’s public consultation on a multilateral reform of investment dispute resolution


Representation of the public interest in banking

Most of us have little or no say in what banks can and cannot, should and should not be doing, yet in Europe in 2016 we are all deeply affected by the activities of banks. This report investigates the numerous ways in which the public is blocked from participating in influencing the activities of banks and from representing its own interests in banking.

Cheat sheet: What is the “Better Regulation Package”?

In May 2015 the Commission introduced the Better Regulation Package […] to cut unnecessary red tape. The costs of regulation are easier to calculate than its benefits and industry lobbyists use this at their advantage: many files in environmental, social and health legislation could potentially be put under pressure from the Better Regulation initiative.

Cheat sheet: What is TTIP?

Content: Background; Actions of Finance Watch; Key risks; and our Publications on this dossier.
Consultation response

Finance Watch response to the public consultation on the Europe 2020 strategy

Open letter

Open letter to Michel Barnier on completion of his mandate

Open letter from Finance Watch’s Acting Secretary General, Benoît Lallemand, to Michel Barnier, the outgoing European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, on the completion of Mr Barnier’s mandate.
Consultation response

Finance Watch response to the public consultation on stakeholder consultation guidelines

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