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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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Report: A Finance Watch guide to the next ‘sustainable finance agenda’

The next ‘sustainable finance agenda’ could be a jump board to a sustainable economy in the EU. Finance Watch’s new report maps out gaps in the current sustainable finance framework and formulates recommendations to finalise this crucial regulatory ecosystem during the next mandate.
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Report – Finance in a hot house world

Climate risk is growing to disruptive levels throughout the financial system and the guardians of financial stability urgently need to adapt their tools to regain control. Finance Watch’s new report calls for economic models that do not mislead, scenario analyses that prepare the market, and a new prudential tool to address the build-up of systemic climate risk.
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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 the European economic governance framework that preserve debt sustainability and enable public investments crucial to Europe’s future.
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Report – A safer transition for fossil banking: Quantifying capital needed to reflect transition risk

New research shows the world’s 60 biggest banks have $1.35 trillion USD of exposures to fossil fuel assets. Capital increase needed to reflect risk is equivalent to 3-5 months of bank profits.
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Report – Financing Local Green Enterprises. Closing the funding gap for sustainable MSMEs in developing countries

Finance Watch and Green Economy Coalition have compiled the findings of seven case studies conducted in developing and emerging countries, in order to make a series of recommendations (economic and financial reforms) which could improve financing opportunities for green MSMEs in these economies. 
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Report – The Problem Lies in the Net: Making Finance contribute to a Net Zero Economy

In a report published on June 22, Finance Watch proposes concrete policy measures to make the concept of “net-zero” meaningful, drive progress to net-zero in the real world and harness the stewardship powers of the financial sector to decarbonise the real economy
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Report – Tackling causes of over-indebtedness in the EU consumer credit market

This report presents the findings of the study as well as detailed policy recommendations for the CCD review.
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Report – From debtor prisons to being prisoners of debt

Making the case for harmonised EU consumer insolvency rules.
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Report: A ‘silver bullet’ against Green Swans – Incorporating climate risk into prudential rules

Simple measures taken now can sever climate change-financial instability link, says a new report “A silver bullet against green swans: Incorporating climate-related financial risk into bank and insurance prudential rules”.
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Analysis of the EU Digital Finance package – A New Finance Watch Report

Finance Watch provides in a new report analysis of policy proposals by the European Commission to regulate and supervise the fast-emerging market of digital finance. This report welcomes the Commission’s initiative and explores the proposed regulations, including on markets in crypto-assets (MiCA), digital operational resilience (DORA) and market infrastructures based on Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT Pilot).
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