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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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Policy brief – The Digital Euro: A Matter of Trust

In this policy brief, Finance Watch argues that for the Digital Euro project to be successful, the Digital Euro must be widely available to EU residents, be truly free of charge and easily accessible, as well as being built in a way that protects peoples’ privacy and personal data. The brief emphasises that while the Digital Euro can bring benefits to those living in the EU, it should not replace cash.
Policy brief – The Digital Euro: A Matter of Trust
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Policy brief – Citizens are not the product

In this policy brief, Finance Watch outlines the improvements that need to be made to the EU Commission proposal on the open finance framework currently being discussed by the EU co-legislators to ensure increased data access and sharing benefits consumers rather than harming them.
Policy brief – Citizens are not the product
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Policy brief – Regulating ESG ratings to strengthen sustainable investors

In a policy brief published on May 17, Finance Watch proposes concrete policy measures to make ESG ratings reliable and meet the needs of ESG investors and other stakeholders, including regulators, while also supporting the EU’s transition to a sustainable economy.
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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.
Joint Policy Brief – “Investing in our Future: Seven EU economic governance reforms”
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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 Watch. The research includes polling results that showed most European citizens are worried about the reintroduction of austerity and agree that EU fiscal rules should be reformed.
Policy Brief – “Europe’s Fiscal Framework: The People’s View?”
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Root causes of household over-indebtedness

Without strong consumer protection legislation and proper public social security systems, the risk of financial difficulty is left to chance, making people vulnerable to predatory schemes. In this short policy brief, Finance Watch takes a closer look at the root causes of over-indebtedness and highlights the steps policymakers can take to better protect households across Europe.
Root causes of household over-indebtedness
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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 policy brief of Finance Watch and Climate Action Network Europe seeks to unpack these connections, and formulates key recommendations which can shape the reform of the EU fiscal rules.
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Policy brief: “Cracks in the pillars – Financial stability loses out in the EU’s Basel III endgame”

Finance Watch’s analysis of the Banking Package 2021 shows how it fails to do justice to the Basel III cycle of post-crisis reforms and continues to leave European banks insufficiently capitalised, and taxpayers exposed.
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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 the public sector: this policy brief outlines a way forward for Europe’s fiscal policy.
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One Framework to Rule Them All

The European fiscal framework in five questions. A helpful primer that explores the set of rules within the European fiscal framework that constrain EU Member States’ fiscal policy.
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