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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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39 PUBLICATIONS

Joint statement

Joint Statement calling for a robust and ambitious Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD)

Finance Watch, along with members of the Informal Group on Sustainable Finance calls for stronger requirements on transition plans, directors’ remuneration and oversight and due diligence for the financial sector in the CSDDD.
Open letter

Open letter calling on the G20 for a #SafeTransition

In an open letter signed by more than 60 organisations, Finance Watch and partners called on the G20 leaders to recognise fossil fuel exposures of banks as ‘higher risk assets’ under the Basel capital framework, the internationally agreed-upon principles of banking regulation.
Policy brief

Policy Brief – “Europe’s Fiscal Framework: The People’s View?”

Excessive public spending cuts in the European Union since 2009 have contributed to making citizens €3.000 a year worse-off, according to a new policy brief from the New Economics Foundation and Finance Watch. The research includes polling results that showed most European citizens are worried about the reintroduction of austerity and agree that EU fiscal rules should be reformed.
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.
Report

Report – A safer transition for fossil banking: Quantifying capital needed to reflect transition risk

New research shows the world’s 60 biggest banks have $1.35 trillion USD of exposures to fossil fuel assets. Capital increase needed to reflect risk is equivalent to 3-5 months of bank profits.
Report

Report – Financing Local Green Enterprises. Closing the funding gap for sustainable MSMEs in developing countries

Finance Watch and Green Economy Coalition have compiled the findings of seven case studies conducted in developing and emerging countries, in order to make a series of recommendations (economic and financial reforms) which could improve financing opportunities for green MSMEs in these economies. 
Consultation response

Feedback on the EFRAG exposure drafts on the European Sustainability Reporting Standards

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.
Consultation response

Response to the EBA Discussion Paper on Environmental Risks in the Prudential Framework

Consultation response

Response to the European Commission’s consultation on State Aid for Banks in Difficulty

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