• Representation of public interest in banking #1 - The major contribution of the workshops in the research

    17 December 2015

    This article is the second of a series of blogs on a new Finance Watch project on the representation of public interest in banking. It provides a report from three workshops that we organised in Brussels, London and Berlin in the past months in which we quizzed academics, campaigners and other representatives of civil society on questions such as: What is public interest representation in banking? How do you ensure representation, and if you’re not represented, why not?

  • Representation of public interest in banking #0 - Introduction: A contribution to shaping a vision for the future of banking in Europe

    16 December 2015

    The essential nature of some of the core functions of banks combined with the enormous potential costs of banking crises on the economy and their consequences for society call for some form of representation of the public interest in banking, in the way that banks operate and in the way they are regulated and controlled. This is the first article in a series of blogs on a new Finance Watch project on the representation of public interest in banking.

  • “Take care of the crowd!” – Legal protection of retail investors in crowdfunding is long overdue

    8 December 2015

    As crowdfunding takes off, retail investors face a host of new risks and opportunities. In this guest blog, Rainer Lenz, identifies some of the dangers of crowdfunding and some of the ways in which retail investors could be better protected in the future.

  • The EU’s role in international financial bodies

    9 November 2015

    In this blog, Jessica Porcelli looks at the EU’s role in international financial bodies, drawing from the recent ECON non-legislative report on “The role of the Union in international financial, monetary and regulatory institutions and bodies” drafted by MEP Sylvie Goulard.

  • Microcredits in the EU

    30 October 2015

    Microcredits are not just for developing countries; their growing role in the EU’s economy triggered the first “European Microfinance Day” earlier this month, along with calls to improve the regulatory and political environment. In this blog, Greg Ford looks at the vibrant but often overlooked EU microcredit sector to see what lessons it might hold for other types of small business lending.

  • Putting the Capital Markets Union on sustainable foundations

    12 October 2015

    The article was originally published at Critical Finance, a website composed by a group of economists at UWE (Bristol), working towards a critical re-articulation of the role of finance and money in economic theory and practice. Daniela Gabor and Jakob Vestergaard discuss four issues that are essential to address for a sustainable Capital Markets Union.

  • Who will benefit from the Capital Markets Union?

    29 September 2015

    A group of European civil society organisations are concerned over the launch of the European Commission’s proposed Action Plan on the Capital Markets Union (CMU) initiative. They call on policy makers to adress these concerns and to pay due consideration to their many proposals.

  • Help us voice society’s concerns to avoid a further deregulation of the banking sector

    23 September 2015

    This summer the European Commission launched a new consultation on the "possible impact of the CRR and CRD IV on bank financing of the economy". The outcome of the consultation could put pressure on policy makers to decrease standards rather than deliver a (much-needed) improvement, which would be a poor outcome from a public interest perspective.

  • The Better Regulation restaurant

    8 September 2015

    When Frans Timmermans presented the Better Regulation Package in May, he used the analogy of refurbishing a kitchen. He said it is not important for those who eat a meal how the kitchen is furnished but rather how the food tastes in the end. Sticking to this metaphor, our member organisation SOLIDAR wants not only that the food tastes good but also that each and every one can afford a meal and has a place at the table.

  • Divesting from fossil fuels – Broadening the perspective on the newest ethical challenge to the financial industry

    25 August 2015

    A new article from our guest blogger Fabien Hassan - To fight climate change and reduce CO2 emissions, environmental advocates have found an enemy: companies exploring and extracting fossil fuels. The divestment movement was born to convince investors to stop financing those companies. Boosted by impressive successes despite opposition, the movement has one major benefit: it forces investors to consider their impact on the real economy.