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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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19 PUBLICATIONS

Position paper

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.
Consultation response

Consultation response on the New European Consumer Agenda

Report

Report “Basic Financial Services”

Finance Watch released a report which identifies a shortlist of basic financial products and services that should be made available to all European citizens to help combat financial and social exclusion.
Consultation response

Consultation response on a new digital finance strategy for Europe / FinTech action plan

Consultation response

Feedback on the Roadmap for a Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Action Plan

Report

Financial Exclusion: Making the invisible visible

Brussels, 3 March 2020 – Finance Watch released a report on the increasing range of people in the EU encountering difficulties in accessing financial services. Financialisation and technological developments are part of the reason for this increase but, importantly, it is also due to the rise of EU workers living in poverty since the financial crisis.
Report

Report – Is the human dignity of individual debtors at risk?

New Finance Watch report provides evidence for the need to increase borrower protection and to improve proposed legislation on companies that deal with non-performing loans.
Report

What makes credit so risky? A consumer perspective

Finance Watch’s research paper on consumer credit and its contribution to over-indebtedness.
Consultation response

Consultation response on the Evaluation of the Consumer Credit Directive

Policy brief

Towards inclusive, safe and sustainable financial services for consumers

On 8 April 2019, Finance Watch published its blueprint on retail financial services with an assessment of the current market failures and key priorities for the next European Commission.
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