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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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10 PUBLICATIONS

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 draft European Commission proposal, would limit how much governments are able to invest and hamper a swift just and green transition.
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Joint letter – Civil society will only support ambitious ESRS

In a joint letter signed by 16 other organisations, Finance Watch warns the Commission that civil society groups will only support an ambitious first set of sector-agnostic ESRS that closely builds on the EFRAG drafts adopted last November.
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Joint letter – 16 organisations urge ECON to bolster action against climate risk in Basel III finalisation

In a joint letter signed by 16 organisations, Finance Watch and partners urged Members of the ECON Committee to take credible action to tackle climate-related financial risks and to fully implement the Basel III provisions in the CRR and CRD reviews.
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Joint Statement calling for a robust and ambitious Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD)

Finance Watch, along with members of the Informal Group on Sustainable Finance calls for stronger requirements on transition plans, directors’ remuneration and oversight and due diligence for the financial sector in the CSDDD.
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Joint statement – European Parliament leaves SMEs out of CSRD scope

In the joint statement below, Finance Watch raises the alarm on the European Parliament JURI committee’s intention to leave SMEs out of the scope of the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD).
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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 ministers meeting today in Brussels of the urgent need to upgrade its fiscal framework to meet 21st century challenges.
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Multi-stakeholder letter calling to broaden the scope of the EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive

In the multi-stakeholder letter below, sent to Members of the European Parliament, Finance Watch calls for broadening the scope of the companies to be covered by the new CSRD rules by including all listed SMEs, as well as non-listed SMEs operating in high-risk sectors.
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Joint Statement- NGOs express deep concerns on the upcoming Sustainable Corporate Governance initiative

Finance Watch co-signed today a joint letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Vice-President Věra Jourová expressing deep concerns that reforms of directors’ duties, mandatory corporate sustainability targets and related incentives may not feature in the forthcoming proposal on Sustainable Corporate Governance.
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Joint NGO statement on the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (formerly NFRD)

Finance Watch has signed the following joint statement on the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) which is the European Commission’s legislative proposal to reform the EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive (NFRD). Read also our press release
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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

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