Policy portal Retail & Inclusion

Access to financial services for individuals is a prerequisite for social inclusion, a decent standard of living during working and retirement age and protection in case of unexpected life events. Unaffordable offers and discriminatory practices are some of the barriers preventing many citizens from accessing the basic financial services needed to participate in modern life.

EU policymakers have a responsibility to remove these barriers and make the retail financial services market safe and fair. Rules are also needed to help citizens avoid over-indebtedness and offer a way out for those who find themselves in this difficult situation. And all of this must extend to the digital world (See also “digitalisation” under “Digital Finance“).

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6 PUBLICATIONS

Report

A Wrinkle in the Process: Financial Inclusion Barriers in an Ageing Europe – Report

A groundbreaking look at vulnerability among older people in the European Union and the barriers they face that limit their access to basic, mainstream-market financial services and products appropriate to their needs in their communities.
Report

Report “Basic Financial Services”

Finance Watch released a report which identifies a shortlist of basic financial products and services that should be made available to all European citizens to help combat financial and social exclusion.
Position paper

Finance Watch recommendations for a Pan-European Personal Pension Product

Brussels, 4 April 2018 – Finance Watch published its comments and recommendations regarding the European Commission’s proposal for a pan-European Personal Pension Product (PEPP) (COM/2017/0343 final – 2017/0143 (COD))  from June 2017.
Finance Watch recommendations for a Pan-European Personal Pension Product
Report

A pot of gold at the end of the rainbow

Brussels, 27 June 2017 – Finance Watch published today its report on the future of pensions in the EU, “A pot of gold at the end of the rainbow”.
A pot of gold at the end of the rainbow
Consultation response

Response to the EC’s Public Consultation on a Potential EU Personal Pensions Framework

Response to the EC’s Public Consultation on a Potential EU Personal Pensions Framework
Speech

Public Hearing at the European Commission on Personal Pensions

Finance Watch’s Head of Public Affairs, Joost Mulder, spoke on a panel  at the European Commission’s “Public Hearing on Personal Pensions: towards a pan-European pension product?”, 24 October 2016 in Brussels.
Public Hearing at the European Commission on Personal Pensions

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