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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.
Consultation response

Response to the FSB consultation on the evaluation of the effects of “too-big-to-fail” reforms

Policy brief

Policy brief: Debt sustainability and a sustainable Covid recovery

Overcoming the dilemma between debt and environmental sustainability in the discussions over a post Covid-19 recovery package. As EU heads of state and government discuss a Covid recovery package, Finance Watch publishes a briefing note calling for a coherent economic approach that promotes a green recovery and avoids budget orthodoxies that could be self-defeating in today’s circumstances.
Report

Report: “#10yearsAfter – Back to Business as Usual”

In its comprehensive analysis of post-crisis regulation, Finance Watch demonstrates that the opportunity for a fundamental realignment of the global financial sector has been missed and that none of the structural vulnerabilities that led to the financial crisis of 2008 have been tackled in a decisive way.
Policy brief

Six priorités pour construire le système financier d’un monde durable

Les dirigeants du monde entier ont convenu d’objectifs collectifs ambitieux comme l’Accord de Paris et, plus largement, les Objectifs de développement durable. Chacun reconnaît l’urgence de rediriger les flux financiers pour atteindre ces objectifs.
Policy brief

Finance Watch blueprint on sustainable finance

Following the crisis, the G20 set a financial reform agenda focused on the prudential perspective: “making finance not hurt society“. Ten years later, the current momentum around sustainable finance brings us back to the more fundamental question of finance’s purpose in society. World leaders have agreed some ambitious societal objectives, such as the Paris Agreement and the broader Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the need to re-direct financial flows to support these is obvious to all.
Speech

Speech at Financial Stability Conference 2017

Berlin, 18 October 2017 – Ten years after the onset of the most serious financial crisis in recent history, the EU’s financial framework is still not consistent and needs to be further strengthened to ensure financial stability. Further reforms to improve the resilience of the banking sector are still needed to turn the current cyclical recovery into a sustainable structural recovery.
Policy brief

Policy Brief “One step forward, two steps back”

Brussels, 7 June 2017 – Finance Watch, the public interest advocacy group working to make finance serve society, has published a new Policy Brief “One step forward, two steps back” with comments and recommendations on the EU’s Banking Package.
Report

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.
Position paper

Comments on the EBA’s Interim Report on the Implementation and Design of the MREL Framework

Finance Watch comments on the European Banking Authority’s Interim Report on the Implementation and Design of the MREL Framework.
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