Financial regulation

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Economy & Jobs 23-08-2018

Time to measure progress to complete Capital Markets Union

Almost three years on from its launch, the Capital Markets Union needs renewed momentum to see it reach fruition and deliver on the promise of deep and well-integrated EU capital markets. Simon Lewis outlines why now is the moment to assess its progress so far.
Banking union 22-06-2018

A ”facelift” to the EIB: the EU financial arm needs forward-looking reforms

The European Investment Bank (EIB) celebrates this year its 60th anniversary. But the 1958-founded EU body and bank should now look forward and commit to becoming a more sustainable, accountable and transparent institution, writes Xavier Sol.
Economy & Jobs 15-05-2018

Member states should renew fiscal vows

In 2012, all but two EU member states committed themselves to strengthening the rules and institutions that govern their national budget preparation processes by signing the European Fiscal Compact. However, little has been done since, writes Michal Horvath.
Economy & Jobs 19-04-2018

Making the most of the European Values Instrument

The European Values Instrument can provide a much-needed boost to the weakened resilience of European democracies. However, the details of its structure will determine whether this opportunity will be grasped, write Jan Jakub Chromiec and Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz.
Brexit 28-03-2018

Brexit financial services deal will be difficult

The industry has accepted that so-called “passporting” rights will not be possible after Britain leaves the EU.  The concept of “equivalence” has been mooted as a solution but even agreeing to that will be difficult, writes Mark Boleat.
Economic governance 02-02-2018

EU lobbying rules must apply at the ECB

The European Central Bank should meet the same demands as the Commission when it comes to lobbyists in its advisory structure, insists the Corporate Europe Observatory.

On finance, ‘Think Sustainability First’

‘Think Sustainability First’ must be a principle that guides financial policymaking through this decade and the next if Europe is to have the means to match its global ambitions, writes Arlene McCarthy.
Economy & Jobs 09-01-2018

In 2018, expect the euro area economy to put on the brakes – but not for the reason you may think

The euro area economy has at last started to begin recovering convincingly from the past decade’s two recessions. But two big factors will moderate growth in 2018, writes Ilaria Maselli, citing the ageing workforce in Germany as being of particular concern.
Economic governance 05-01-2018

A three-step plan for a better European Monetary Fund

The European Commission's ESM reform plans are so one-sided that they can only exacerbate the Eurozone’s existing problems and deepen the gulf between creditor and debtor states, writes Clemens Fuest.
Economy & Jobs 10-11-2017

After Paradise Papers, it is high time for the EU to act

The Paradise Papers showed once again that anonymous companies are being used as a ‘getaway vehicle’ for criminality, writes Nienke Palstra.

Sustainable finance requires a change in incentives

Hurricane Harvey’s trail of carnage through Houston, the oil capital of the US, was a stark reminder of the effect that climate change can have on our economy, writes Peter Blom.
Economy & Jobs 30-10-2017

EMU: Focus on market discipline, financial stability, not on fiscal smoothing

The mood in Europe has changed. Attention has shifted from crisis management to how to make the European Union and in particular the eurozone function better in the longer term, writes Juha  Sipilä.
Economy & Jobs 07-09-2017

GDPR: A challenge for the financial services industry

The brave new world of data presents many challenges for the financial services industry and regulators alike. But if the right approach to regulating technological change is taken, Europe will continue to be a globally leading centre in the future, writes James Kemp.

Reshaping the financial system as a tool for good

The European Commission's High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance delivered its interim report today (13 July). Ingrid Holmes, one of the members of the group, explains how the financial system can help address long-term challenges such as climate change.
Economy & Jobs 09-06-2017

Commission must double efforts towards a sustainable financial system

Robust and binding criteria are needed to build sustainable capital markets or we risk that both national legislators and financial investors simply ignore their investment’s impact, or revert to greenwashing, writes Anne van Schaik.
Economy & Jobs 09-06-2017

Multinationals should say what they pay

From an investor’s perspective, planned transparency is far preferable to surprise leaks or investigations into corporate tax avoidance strategies which lead to reputational risk and government crackdown, writes Morris Pearl.
Economy & Jobs 23-02-2017

The bailout business in the EU

Since the 2008 financial crisis broke out, more than €1.5 trillion in taxpayer money has been used to rescue ailing banks in Europe, according to the European Commission. Citizens shouldn’t grow accustomed to this, writes Sol Trumbo Vila.
Euro & Finance 31-10-2016

The EU needs London’s financial wizardry

As a result of the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the EU, its position as the continent’s main financial hub has been called into question. But downgrading London’s status could decrease the EU’s share of global trade even further, warns Philip Geddes.
Public Affairs 29-08-2016

Barroso’s revolving door scandal must bring tougher rules

If the Goldman Sachs appointment of ex-European Commission president Barroso does not push the Commission to crack down on the ever turning revolving door, nothing will, writes Vicky Cann on behalf of ALTER-EU.
Euro & Finance 19-08-2016

The failure to police the EU’s financial border is a security weakness

Whilst EU leaders and policymakers have struggled to maintain the security of the EU’s external physical border, the financial border is wide open to all. At a time of focus on the funding of EU extremism from third countries this is a worrying weakness, writes Tom Keatinge.
Euro & Finance 25-07-2016

LuxLeaks highlights need for whistleblower protection and incentives

The time has come for EU member states to decide how they will treat whistleblowers. Erika Kelton asks, will they embrace and encourage them, or will they perpetuate a culture of fear?
Banking union 19-07-2016

Commission’s private-sector ‘revolving door’ should work in public interest

Former Commission President Barroso’s job offer at Goldman Sachs has prompted outrage. But the real problem is the EU’s lack of transparency and democratic oversight. Interaction with the private sector through the so-called “revolving door” should be encouraged, write Katinka Brouwer, Penelope Bergkamp and Dr Lucas Bergkamp.
Digital 12-05-2016

Europe should follow UK’s lead on corporate transparency

The extent to which member states make pertinent information about companies available to the public varies widely. This has to change if anything is to be learned from the Panama Papers scandal, writes Daniel Castro.
Euro & Finance 10-05-2016

A budget for the eurozone is taking shape

Budgetary capacities are an important tool to protect the eurozone from economic shocks, and their extension to non-eurozone countries could help with the economic convergence of the newer member states, writes Siegfried Muresan.