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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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50 PUBLICATIONS

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What should the final distance marketing of consumer financial services rules look like?

As the DMFSD enters the crucial trilogue stage of the ordinary legislative process, Finance Watch highlights key policies co-legislators should adopt in the final legislative text. Robust and effective consumer protection rules in the online financial services market are more important than ever given increasing digitalization and the emergence of innovative and complex financial services products on the market.
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Views on Council General Approach to Distance Marketing of Financial Services

Finance Watch dives into the details of the Council of the European Union’s general approach to the Distance Marketing of Consumer Financial Services Directive (DMFSD), published on 2 March. While happy that the Council has maintained the future-orientated nature of the Directive, there are several points of concern.
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Position Paper on the Retail Investment Strategy

To ensure that European citizens can safely invest in capital markets, both online and offline, improvements are needed to enhance the EU retail investor protection framework.
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Factsheet – Creditworthiness assessment for small loans: the key to prevent consumer over-indebtedness

Small loans are high risk for consumers, in particular for vulnerable consumers. Sound creditworthiness assessments are therefore necessary for small loans. This factsheet co-published by a European Coalition of NGOs on the Consumer Credit Directive provides recommendations for a sound creditworthiness assessment for small loans.
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Joint NGOs and consumer recommendations for minimum criteria for Art. 8 & 9 products under SFDR

This paper sets out recommendations put forward jointly by a group of NGOs and consumer organisations on the minimum criteria for products with ESG characteristics (so called Article 8 products), as well as for sustainable investments regulated under Article 9 of SFDR (referred to as Article 9 products).
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NGO Policy Briefing on Sustainable Corporate Governance

Finance Watch co-signs today a joint policy briefing on how to better embed sustainability into corporate governance in the context of the forthcoming European Commission initiative.
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Responsible lending and privacy protection: A consumer perspective

On 19 October 2020, Finance Watch has published a discussion paper on ways that EU policymakers could help to reduce irresponsible consumer lending in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis and data misuse following recent changes in the EU payments industry.
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How can safer banks hurt the EU economy?

Finance Watch publishes a critical analysis of a report on the EU implementation of the final Basel III framework by Copenhagen Economics for the European Banking Federation. It aims at balancing the public debate around the importance of sufficient capital requirements for the benefit of European societies and economies.
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Three reforms to strengthen the Banking Union and the euro area

As a complement to a hearing held on 7 November 2019 by MEP Pedro Marques as rapporteur for the Banking Union Annual Report, Finance Watch published a technical brief on the financial architecture of the Euro Area.
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Game-changer: Financing the European Green Deal

A civil society briefing on financing a fair ecological transition
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