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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

Open letter – “Do not lose momentum on the Social Taxonomy”

On 26 June 2023, Finance Watch sent a joint letter to the European Commission along with a coalition of 12 platforms, associations, foundations, and social enterprises urging not to lose sight of the work to extend the current EU Taxonomy framework to include a social and human rights dimension.
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Joint letter in reaction to the postponement of the 2nd set of ESRS

In a joint letter sent on 4 April 2023, Finance Watch and partners urge the European Commission to pursue the development of the second set of European Sustainability Reporting Standards (sector-specific standards) and to preserve the integrity of the first set (cross-cutting standards) in its upcoming delegated acts
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Open letter calling on policy-makers for a Basel-compliant Europe

In an open letter signed by 36 organisations and 79 individuals, Finance Watch called on co-legislators to reconsider their deviations from the international banking rules and steer Europe back on course with a timely, full and faithful implementation of the Basel III framework at EU level.
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Open letter calling on the G20 for a #SafeTransition

In an open letter signed by more than 60 organisations, Finance Watch and partners called on the G20 leaders to recognise fossil fuel exposures of banks as ‘higher risk assets’ under the Basel capital framework, the internationally agreed-upon principles of banking regulation.
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Letter to the ISSB on its proposals for International Sustainability Reporting Standards

In its letter to the ISSB on the exposure drafts for international financial reporting standards on sustainability and climate-related disclosures, Finance Watch emphasises that a fundamental change in the outside-in only approach taken to financial materiality, or risks and opportunities, is needed in the current drafts.
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Open letter: banks and insurers must account for climate risk

In the open letter below, sent to policymakers in the European Parliament, Finance Watch and 13 partners call to include mandatory transition plans and capital requirements for climate-related risks in their review of the EU banks and insurers prudential rules.
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Multi-stakeholder statement on the CSRD reform and EU standards

Investors, asset managers and civil society organisations jointly call for: Reaching agreement promptly in order to support swift implementation. Maintaining the double materiality concept to achieve EU-specific policy objectives, and demonstrating EU leadership to promote the consideration of impact globally Ensuring the technical work to develop EU corporate sustainability reporting standards is appropriately supported by EU public funding.
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Open Letter: Risking Effective Sustainable Corporate Governance

Finance Watch co-signed on 20 December 2021 with seven other organisations an open letter addressed to European Commission officials to express strong concerns about the delay in the publication of the legislative proposal on sustainable corporate governance, as well as the lack of information explaining the new delay.
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Finance Watch letter to the European Commission on sustainable corporate governance

In a letter dated 15 December 2021 and addressed to Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, Vice-Presidents Jourová and Šefčovič, and Commissioners Reynders and Breton, Finance Watch expressed its concerns over the future and level of ambition of a legislative proposal on sustainable corporate governance.
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Letter to EU policymakers to close ‘climate-finance doom loop’ through CRR, Solvency II upgrades

Finance Watch called on EU leaders not to miss the opportunity of the upcoming review of banking and insurance prudential legislation to properly integrate climate risk. The letter was sent along with the proposed amendments to CRR and Solvency II copied below.
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