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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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Position paper

Views on Council General Approach to Distance Marketing of Financial Services

Finance Watch dives into the details of the Council of the European Union’s general approach to the Distance Marketing of Consumer Financial Services Directive (DMFSD), published on 2 March. While happy that the Council has maintained the future-orientated nature of the Directive, there are several points of concern.
Joint statement

Joint letter – Civil society will only support ambitious ESRS

In a joint letter signed by 16 other organisations, Finance Watch warns the Commission that civil society groups will only support an ambitious first set of sector-agnostic ESRS that closely builds on the EFRAG drafts adopted last November.
Consultation response

Response to the UK Transition Plan Taskforce Framework and Guidance Consultation

Policy brief

Joint Policy Brief – “Investing in our Future: Seven EU economic governance reforms”

Finance Watch co-publishes today a civil society briefing on how to ensure a reformed European economic governance framework supports the EU’s goals and helps tackling Europe’s multiple crises.
Consultation response

Consultation response – A precautionary approach is crucial for finance ministers to drive climate action

Joint statement

Joint letter – 16 organisations urge ECON to bolster action against climate risk in Basel III finalisation

In a joint letter signed by 16 organisations, Finance Watch and partners urged Members of the ECON Committee to take credible action to tackle climate-related financial risks and to fully implement the Basel III provisions in the CRR and CRD reviews.
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.
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