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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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16 PUBLICATIONS

Policy brief

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
Position paper

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

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.
Views on Council General Approach to Distance Marketing of Financial Services
Policy brief

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
Consultation response

Response to the European Commission’s Consultation on Open Finance Framework and Data Sharing in the Financial Sector

Response to the European Commission’s Consultation on Open Finance Framework and Data Sharing in the Financial Sector
Position paper

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.
Position Paper on the Retail Investment Strategy
Position paper

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.
Factsheet – Creditworthiness assessment for small loans: the key to prevent consumer over-indebtedness
Report

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.
Consultation response

Amending the Mortgage Credit Directive to address consumer protection issues, digitalisation and green mortgages

Amending the Mortgage Credit Directive to address consumer protection issues, digitalisation and green mortgages
Report

Report – From debtor prisons to being prisoners of debt

Making the case for harmonised EU consumer insolvency rules.
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