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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9 PUBLICATIONS

Consultation response

Response to the ESMA consultation on guidelines for MiFID II suitability requirements

Report

Report – From debtor prisons to being prisoners of debt

Making the case for harmonised EU consumer insolvency rules.
Consultation response

Response to Commission public consultation: Retail investment strategy for Europe

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.
Position paper

Responsible lending and privacy protection: A consumer perspective

On 19 October 2020, Finance Watch has published a discussion paper on ways that EU policymakers could help to reduce irresponsible consumer lending in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis and data misuse following recent changes in the EU payments industry.
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.
Policy brief

Towards inclusive, safe and sustainable financial services for consumers

On 8 April 2019, Finance Watch published its blueprint on retail financial services with an assessment of the current market failures and key priorities for the next European Commission.
Policy brief

Insurance and discrimination: Guaranteeing full and equal access to basic insurance

Finance Watch publishes new policy brief „Insurance and Discrimination – The importance of guaranteeing citizens full and equal access to the basic kinds of insurance“
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.

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