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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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Consultation response

Maastricht 2.0: Updating EU economic governance for the challenges ahead

Open letter

Open Letter: Risking Effective Sustainable Corporate Governance

Finance Watch co-signed on 20 December 2021 with seven other organisations an open letter addressed to European Commission officials to express strong concerns about the delay in the publication of the legislative proposal on sustainable corporate governance, as well as the lack of information explaining the new delay.
Open letter

Finance Watch letter to the European Commission on sustainable corporate governance

In a letter dated 15 December 2021 and addressed to Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, Vice-Presidents Jourová and Šefčovič, and Commissioners Reynders and Breton, Finance Watch expressed its concerns over the future and level of ambition of a legislative proposal on sustainable corporate governance.

Report: A ‘silver bullet’ against Green Swans – Incorporating climate risk into prudential rules

Simple measures taken now can sever climate change-financial instability link, says a new report “A silver bullet against green swans: Incorporating climate-related financial risk into bank and insurance prudential rules”.
Consultation response

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


Analysis of the EU Digital Finance package – A New Finance Watch Report

Finance Watch provides in a new report analysis of policy proposals by the European Commission to regulate and supervise the fast-emerging market of digital finance. This report welcomes the Commission’s initiative and explores the proposed regulations, including on markets in crypto-assets (MiCA), digital operational resilience (DORA) and market infrastructures based on Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT Pilot).
Consultation response

Response to consultation: Directive on Distance Marketing of Consumer Financial Services

Consultation response

Consultation response on the functioning of the EU securitisation framework

Consultation response

Response to Commission public consultation: Retail investment strategy for Europe


Fiscal Mythology Unmasked

Debunking eight tales about European public debt and fiscal rules. Europe faces serious environmental, economic and social challenges that require a rethink on public intervention. Not free to do as they wish, European governments devise fiscal and socio-economic policies constrained by a self-imposed maze of economic governance rules. Those rules are built on a series of debatable conceptions about public debt and the role played by the state.
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