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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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16 PUBLICATIONS

Joint statement

Joint statement – Fiscal Follies: How new EU rules miss the mark on climate and prosperity

In the joint statement below, co-signed by 8 organisations, Finance Watch warns that fiscal adjustment requirements under the new EU spending rules are incompatible with solving Europe’s challenges and calls on EU...
Report

Report – The debts we need: Reinforcing Debt Sustainability with Future-Oriented Fiscal Rules

Misinformed fear about financial markets and debt sustainability has clouded the debate on Europe’s new fiscal rules. This report unveils interactions between European financial markets and sovereign debt and proposes reforms to...
Joint statement

Joint Statement – Reaction to Germany’s pushback on debt rules

Finance Watch co-publishes today a joint statement reacting to the proposal from Germany, backed by other so-called “frugal” governments, for a common hard debt reduction rule. This contradicts the logic of the...
Policy brief

Joint Policy Brief – “Investing in our Future: Seven EU economic governance reforms”

Finance Watch co-publishes today a civil society briefing on how to ensure a reformed European economic governance framework supports the EU’s goals and helps tackling Europe’s multiple crises.
Policy brief

Policy Brief – “Europe’s Fiscal Framework: The People’s View?”

Excessive public spending cuts in the European Union since 2009 have contributed to making citizens €3.000 a year worse-off, according to a new policy brief from the New Economics Foundation and Finance...
Policy brief

Policy Brief – “From Maastricht to Paris: Why climate change should be considered in a reformed EU fiscal framework”

Thirty years after the Maastricht treaty and twelve years after the Paris agreement, connections between climate change, debt sustainability, and the reform of the EU economic governance are often overlooked. This joint...
Joint statement

Manifesto – NGOs and academics call for fundamental reform of Europe’s fiscal rules

Finance Watch co-publishes today a manifesto demanding a deep reform of Europe’s spending rules. Signed by over 270 prominent academics, unions and civil society organisations from across Europe, it reminds EU finance...
Policy brief

Policy brief – “Breaking The Stalemate: Upgrading EU economic governance for the challenges ahead”

Thirty years after Maastricht and faced with serious economic, environmental, and social challenges, the time has come for Europe to upgrade its economic governance framework and views of the role played by...
Consultation response

Maastricht 2.0: Updating EU economic governance for the challenges ahead

Report

Fiscal Mythology Unmasked

Debunking eight tales about European public debt and fiscal rules. Europe faces serious environmental, economic and social challenges that require a rethink on public intervention. Not free to do as they wish,...
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