Policy portal Stability & Supervision

When trust in the financial system disappears, panic sets in: fire sales of financial assets and bank runs can make the entire system collapse. Taxpayers are forced to bail out “too-big-to-fail” institutions to protect essential economic functions (deposits, credit, payment systems).

Mitigating implicit “moral hazard” requires sound prudential policies protecting essential banking services from excessive risk-taking and maintaining adequate capital levels to cover possible losses. Well-resourced, and independent supervision is also key. Finally, prudential regulation must also respond to new risks related to digitalisation (see “Digital Finance”) and climate change (see climate risk under “Sustainable Finance”).

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6 PUBLICATIONS

Consultation response

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

Speech

Finalising Basel III to serve the European economy (ECON Hearing on the Basel III “Finalisation Package”)

At the ECON Hearing on the Basel III “Finalisation Package” on 31st March 2022, Finance Watch’s Chief Economist, Thierry Philipponnat, called for a faithful implementation of the Basel III framework and to adapt it to take into account climate change related risk at Pillar 1 level (video here).
Policy brief

Policy brief: “Cracks in the pillars – Financial stability loses out in the EU’s Basel III endgame”

Finance Watch’s analysis of the Banking Package 2021 shows how it fails to do justice to the Basel III cycle of post-crisis reforms and continues to leave European banks insufficiently capitalised, and taxpayers exposed.
Speech

Assessing risk properly is key to enable insurance companies to invest for the long term and to tackle climate risk (ECON Hearing on Solvency II and IRRD)

At the ECON Hearing on Solvency II and IRRD, Finance Watch calls for a symetric approach to risk assessment, adapting insurance companies’ capital requirements linked to fossil fuel exposures and creating a resolution funding mechanism to avoid the transfer of losses to policyholders and taxpayers in case of failure (video here)
Consultation response

Improving the EU Macroprudential Framework for the Banking Sector (Consultation response)

Consultation response

Consultation response on the review of prudential rules for insurance and reinsurance firms (Solvency II Directive)

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