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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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25 PUBLICATIONS

Consultation response

Response to the EC consultation on the implementation of SFDR

Report

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.
Policy brief

Policy brief – Regulating ESG ratings to strengthen sustainable investors

In a policy brief published on May 17, Finance Watch proposes concrete policy measures to make ESG ratings reliable and meet the needs of ESG investors and other stakeholders, including regulators, while also supporting the EU’s transition to a sustainable economy.
Open letter

Letter to the ISSB on its proposals for International Sustainability Reporting Standards

In its letter to the ISSB on the exposure drafts for international financial reporting standards on sustainability and climate-related disclosures, Finance Watch emphasises that a fundamental change in the outside-in only approach taken to financial materiality, or risks and opportunities, is needed in the current drafts.
Report

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
Speech

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).
Speech

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)
Consultation response

Insurance Sector and Climate-Related Financial Risks: Response to the FIO

Open letter

Letter to EU policymakers to close ‘climate-finance doom loop’ through CRR, Solvency II upgrades

Finance Watch called on EU leaders not to miss the opportunity of the upcoming review of banking and insurance prudential legislation to properly integrate climate risk. The letter was sent along with the proposed amendments to CRR and Solvency II copied below.
Speech

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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