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Why you should watch:

Well, there's Brexit... Even though the trade agreement (for the most part) doesn't cover financial services, there are important new rules that will come into force on January 1 - and there is a big question as to whether the flow of funds to the EU 27 will be followed by a flow of personnel. And, if so, to where? Paris? Frankfurt? Amsterdam? Other than that, it has been a busy month in Brussels - with the row over the budget and the Recovery Fund, issues over public debt, the call for 'bad banks' to handle escalating NPLs, important reports from EFAMA and ESMA, and more talk of a Green 'taxonomy' - and the EU's role in the Green economy. As usual, Graham Bishop is supported by two euro-experts.

 Moderator: Andrew Hilton (Director, CSFI) 

 Graham Bishop is chair of the National Council of the UK branch of the European Movement, a Board member of the Kangaroo Group and a Council member of the Federal Trust. He is a former bond analyst for Phillips & Drew, S.G. Warburg, Salomon Bros and Citibank.

 Elisa Martinuzzi writes an Opinion column for Bloomberg covering all aspects of finance. She is a former managing editor for European finance at Bloomberg News, who joined Bloomberg as a financial correspondent in 2001.

 Peter Snowdon is a legal consultant at Norton Rose Fulbright in London, having recently retired as a partner in the financial services group. He previously worked in the General Council Division of the FSA, advising on EU regulatory law.


My choice of the key topics for discussion


  •       Is there a deal? Does it matter to financial services?
  •       End of “transition” events: EBA statement, passporting, STS securitisation, Derivative trading obligation (DTO), Share trading obligation (SHO)


  •        MFF/ NGEU/RRF progress – Poland/Hungary veto side-stepped. Significance of waning veto threat via enhanced co-operation/ inter-governmental agreements
  •        ESM Treaty – agreement at Eurogroup, longer term significance
  •       Bruegel: public debt management
  •       “Collective redress” agreed


  •       Capital buffer drawdown v MREL – problems
  •        NPLs “all over the place” – SSM
  •        EBA on benchmarking insolvency procedures

Capital Markets Union

  •        CMU: AFME on progress
  •        ESMA: first Annual Statistical Report drawn from regulatory reporting – the shape of the EU securities markets


  •        EFAMA: the scale of sustainable investment
  •        GRI emerging as the common “language”
  •        IIRC & SASB merger of systems
  •        The problem of Taxonomy Regulation Art 8



Graham Bishop's analysis targets the interaction of the driving forces of politics and economics as they force the required changes in financial regulation – at the macro level - rather than covering the micro aspects of detailed implementation. These are precisely the topics where a well-informed financial professional should remain competent:  it can form part of their Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Banking union and capital markets union are already underway, but obstacles remain and consumer protection is a necessary conditon for success.

The next big project – enhancing the international role of the euro – is only under discussion but the EU is seeking to neutralise any “weaponising” of the dollar

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) policies are a key priority for the new Commission – with a European Green Deal planned within its first 100 days. But “sustainable finance” goes beyond “green” and includes social considerations as well as the governance that brings it to the forefront of financial decision-making.

The Fin Tech Action Plan will help the financial industry make use of the rapid advances in technology such as blockchain and other IT applications and strengthen cyber resilience. The impact on payment systems will be at the cutting edge.


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