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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

Response to the ESAs consultation on the review of the SFDR delegated regulation

Response to the ESAs consultation on the review of the SFDR delegated regulation
Open letter

Open letter – “Do not lose momentum on the Social Taxonomy”

On 26 June 2023, Finance Watch sent a joint letter to the European Commission along with a coalition of 12 platforms, associations, foundations, and social enterprises urging not to lose sight of the work to extend the current EU Taxonomy framework to include a social and human rights dimension.
Open letter – “Do not lose momentum on the Social Taxonomy”
Consultation response

Consultation response: IAIS public consultation on climate risk supervisory guidance

Consultation response: IAIS public consultation on climate risk supervisory guidance
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.
Consultation response

Consultation response – “The draft extended Taxonomy Delegated Acts are still missing important activities”

Consultation response – “The draft extended Taxonomy Delegated Acts are still missing important activities”
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?
Open letter

Joint letter in reaction to the postponement of the 2nd set of ESRS

In a joint letter sent on 4 April 2023, Finance Watch and partners urge the European Commission to pursue the development of the second set of European Sustainability Reporting Standards (sector-specific standards) and to preserve the integrity of the first set (cross-cutting standards) in its upcoming delegated acts
Joint letter in reaction to the postponement of the 2nd set of ESRS
Open letter

Open letter calling on policy-makers for a Basel-compliant Europe

In an open letter signed by 36 organisations and 79 individuals, Finance Watch called on co-legislators to reconsider their deviations from the international banking rules and steer Europe back on course with a timely, full and faithful implementation of the Basel III framework at EU level.
Joint statement

Joint Statement – Reaction to Germany’s pushback on debt rules

Finance Watch co-publishes today a joint statement reacting to the proposal from Germany, backed by other so-called “frugal” governments, for a common hard debt reduction rule. This contradicts the logic of the draft European Commission proposal, would limit how much governments are able to invest and hamper a swift just and green transition.
Joint Statement – Reaction to Germany’s pushback on debt rules
Consultation response

Consultation response – EIOPA Discussion Paper on Prudential Treatment of Sustainability Risks

Consultation response – EIOPA Discussion Paper on Prudential Treatment of Sustainability Risks
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