Event: Banking Disrupted by Fintech and Big Tech (Brussels, 9 October 2019)

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EEA EFTA Comment on priorities for the Single Market beyond 2019

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Paper: Embedded supervision: how to build regulation into blockchain finance

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UPDATED – Agenda: Informal meeting of Ministers for Economic and Financial Affairs (ECOFIN) and Eurogroup (13-14 September 2019)

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Press Release: Jaakko Weuro: Preparing for Hybrid Threats in the Financial Sector

A well-oiled financial system keeps the wheels of the economy turning. This means that a strike against critical points in the financial system could bring society to its knees. Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU aims to put the issue of new threats to the financial market and ways to counter them on the political agenda.

UPDATED – Agenda: Meeting of the CETA Financial Services Committee (12 June 2019)

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Publication: Blockchain Now And Tomorrow

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Event: Digital Summit (Dublin, 20 September 2019)

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Event: FinTech World Forum 2019 (London, 18-19 November 2019)

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Press Release: Lagarde sets out her stall to MEPs in Economics and Monetary Affairs Committee

Christine Lagarde on Wednesday presented what her priorities would be for the European Central Bank were she to be confirmed as its President.

Throughout most of the morning, Ms Lagarde fielded questions from committee MEPs during a hearing intended to judge her suitability for the post of President of the European Central Bank (ECB).

Event: EBF Cybersecurity Conference (Brussels, 01 October 2019)

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Event: Data sharing in credit markets: does comprehensiveness matter? (Brussels, 11 September 2019)

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Joint statement on global privacy expectations of the Libra network

Representatives of the global community of data protection and privacy enforcement authorities are joining together to express shared concerns about the privacy risks posed by the Libra digital currency and infrastructure.

Question for written answer: The case of Libra currency

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Press Release: Blockchain can have multiple applications in the social economy, but must not create a new “digital economy elite”, says EESC

Originally associated with cryptocurrencies, blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) are in fact very versatile and can be usefully applied to the social economy. However, it is important to regulate them properly and gear them to benefits for all, allowing everyone to participate, says the EESC in a report tabled at its July plenary.

Answer to the written question: Letter from the ECB President to Mr Markus Ferber, MEP, on stablecoin initiatives

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Press Release: EBA publishes Report on regulatory perimeter, regulatory status and authorisation approaches in relation to FinTech activities

The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today the findings of its analysis on the regulatory framework applicable to FinTech firms when accessing the market. The Report illustrates the developments on the regulatory perimeter across the EU, the regulatory status of FinTech firms, and the approaches followed by competent authorities when granting authorisation for banking and payment services.

European Court of Auditors Special Report no 12/2019: E-commerce: many of the challenges of collecting VAT and customs duties remain to be resolved

ECA examined whether the European Commission has established a sound regulatory and control framework for e-commerce with regard to the collection of VAT and customs duties, and whether Member States’ control measures help ensure the complete collection of VAT and customs duties on e-commerce. The report found that despite recent positive developments the EU is not currently dealing adequately with these issues but have addressed some of the weaknesses identified with the “e-commerce package”.

ECA makes a number of recommendations as to how the European Commission and the Member States should better address the challenges identified and establish a sound regulatory and control framework.

Official Journal (C Series): Opinions of the European Economic and Social Committee

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Press Release: ESMA publishes report on the licencing of FinTech firms across Europe test

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), the EU’s securities markets’ regulator, today publishes a report on the status of licencing regimes of FinTech firms across the European Union (EU).  The report is based on two surveys conducted by ESMA since January 2018, which gathered evidence from national competent authorities (NCAs) on the licensing regimes of FinTech firms in their jurisdictions.

Event: Deep Tech for Next Generation Financial Services (Stockholm, 19 September 2019)

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Press Release: EBA assesses impact of FinTech on payment institutions’ and e-money institutions’ business models

The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today a thematic Report on the impact of FinTech on payment institutions’ (PIs) and electronic money institutions’ (EMIs) business models. This Report points out the EBA’s key observations on PIs’ and EMIs’ strategies and business model changes, in particular focusing on the current trends and drivers, the different approaches to FinTech, including their interaction with BigTech firms, and the level of implementation of innovative technologies. The Report, which is in line with the priorities listed in its FinTech Roadmap, does not foresee or intend to model scenarios for potential future development of institutions. The Report aims to share knowledge and provide support to supervisors and other stakeholders in identifying and understanding the main trends that could impact PIs’ and EMIs’ business models and pose potential challenges to their sustainability.

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