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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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Finalising Basel III to serve the European economy (ECON Hearing on the Basel III “Finalisation Package”)

At the ECON Hearing on the Basel III “Finalisation Package” on 31st March 2022, Finance Watch’s Chief Economist, Thierry Philipponnat, called for a faithful implementation of the Basel III framework and to adapt it to take into account climate change related risk at Pillar 1 level (video here).
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Assessing risk properly is key to enable insurance companies to invest for the long term and to tackle climate risk (ECON Hearing on Solvency II and IRRD)

At the ECON Hearing on Solvency II and IRRD, Finance Watch calls for a symetric approach to risk assessment, adapting insurance companies’ capital requirements linked to fossil fuel exposures and creating a resolution funding mechanism to avoid the transfer of losses to policyholders and taxpayers in case of failure (video here)
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Consumer protection: Digitalisation of retail financial services during the Covid-19 pandemic

Finance Watch statement to the IMCO Committee hearing
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Tackling non-performing loans in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic

A statement provided by Finance Watch Head of Research and Advocacy Thierry Philipponnat  at the European Economic and Social Committee hearing on 15 February 2021.
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Public hearing on EU Banking Package at German Bundestag

On 28 October 2020, Finance Watch participated in a public hearing at the German Bundestag Finance Committee on the implementation of the EU Banking Package.
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Hearing at the Bundestag on the finalisation of the Basel III framework

Covid-19 looks set to become the banking sector’s most powerful argument yet to demand a wholesale roll-back of the Basel III framework.
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Speech at the Public Hearing on Brexit and its potential impact for Lower Saxony

Hanover, 3 May 2018 – Statement by Prof. Rainer Lenz, Board director at Finance Watch at the Public Hearing of the Ausschuss für Bundes- und Europaangelegenheiten und Regionale Entwicklung des Niedersächsischen Landtages on “Brexit and its potential impact for Lower Saxony”.
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Speech at the Public Hearing on the Review of the European System of Financial Supervision

Finance Watch’s Executive Director Anne Fily spoke on a panel at the European Parliament’s ECON Committee Public Hearing on the Review of the European System of Financial Supervision on 27 February 2018.
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Speech at Financial Stability Conference 2017

Berlin, 18 October 2017 – Ten years after the onset of the most serious financial crisis in recent history, the EU’s financial framework is still not consistent and needs to be further strengthened to ensure financial stability. Further reforms to improve the resilience of the banking sector are still needed to turn the current cyclical recovery into a sustainable structural recovery.
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Public hearing at ECON on the banking legislation package

Finance Watch Senior Policy Analyst Christian Stiefmüller spoke on a panel at the European Parliament’s ECON Committee Public Hearing “Updating CRR, CRD, BRRD and SRMR: the new banking legislation package” on 25 April 2017.
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