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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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Policy brief

Six priorités pour construire le système financier d’un monde durable

Les dirigeants du monde entier ont convenu d’objectifs collectifs ambitieux comme l’Accord de Paris et, plus largement, les Objectifs de développement durable. Chacun reconnaît l’urgence de rediriger les flux financiers pour atteindre ces objectifs.
Policy brief

Finance Watch blueprint on sustainable finance

Following the crisis, the G20 set a financial reform agenda focused on the prudential perspective: “making finance not hurt society“. Ten years later, the current momentum around sustainable finance brings us back to the more fundamental question of finance’s purpose in society. World leaders have agreed some ambitious societal objectives, such as the Paris Agreement and the broader Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the need to re-direct financial flows to support these is obvious to all.
Open letter

Proposal for the EU financial supervisory reform – Open letter

Brussels, 27 November 2017 Finance Watch has co-signed a letter to the heads of the European Union institutions, European Supervisory Authorities and key policy makers on the review of the European system of the financial supervision.
Position paper

Comment on the final report of the European Commission’s Expert Group on Corporate Bonds

Finance Watch and BETTER FINANCE comment on the final report of the European Commission’s Expert Group on Corporate Bonds
Consultation response

Consultation response on transparency and fees in cross-border transactions in the EU

Consultation response

Consultation response on the REFIT review of the EU Directive on motor insurance

Consultation response

Consultation response on secondary markets for non-performing loans

Speech

Speech at Financial Stability Conference 2017

Berlin, 18 October 2017 – Ten years after the onset of the most serious financial crisis in recent history, the EU’s financial framework is still not consistent and needs to be further strengthened to ensure financial stability. Further reforms to improve the resilience of the banking sector are still needed to turn the current cyclical recovery into a sustainable structural recovery.
Consultation response

Finance Watch response to the ESMA Consultation Paper on suitability requirements guidelines under MiFID II

Report

New pathways: Building blocks for a sustainable finance future for Europe

Brussels, 25 September 2017- Finance Watch, together with GABV and Mission 2020, today published a white paper on financial sector reforms that could help deliver a sustainable finance transformation in Europe.
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