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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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Consultation response

Response to European Commission Public consultation on instant payments

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.
Consultation response

Responses to crypto-assets consultations

Policy brief

Finance Watch Policy brief on Remittances

Finance Watch welcomes the Review of EU’s regulation on cross-border payments by the European Commission that would make cross-border payments cheaper within the EU and better inform users of dynamic currency conversion services.
Consultation response

Consultation response on transparency and fees in cross-border transactions in the EU

Open letter

Open Letter on the Retail Financial Services Action Plan

Dear Vice-President Dombrovskis, We would like to draw your attention to the forthcoming Retail Financial Services Action Plan that the Commission should issue at the beginning of next year, which has the potential to improve the consumer experience in financial services.
Position paper

Financial inclusion and new means of payment

Qualitative review in five European countries – May 2013: Study commissioned by EUFFI, the European Foundation for Financial Inclusion.

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