Brussels for Breakfast (157): A round-table discussion on EU affairs with Graham Bishop (grahambishop.com) and Pablo Portugal (AFME). To be held on Thursday, 5th December, 2019, 8.30-10.00am (with support from the CISI.)
A week before what could be the most important General Election in a lifetime may not be the optimal time to go rooting in the European undergrowth again – but, no matter what happens on December 12, developments in Brussels will continue to have an enormous impact on the City.
As usual, our guide is Graham Bishop, of grahambishop.com – who hasn’t yet (quite) given up hope that the last three years have been a nightmare from which he might soon wake up. His agenda for this month includes:
- Valdis Dombrovskis’ keynote speech, which sets the Commission’s FS priorities;
- The EBA’s stress tests;
- Olaf Scholz’s apparent volte-face on Banking Union;
- The Commission’s “fitness check” of supervisory reporting requirements;
- The FSB’s Paris plenary;
- ISDA’s plea for temporary equivalence and recognition of UK CCPs;
- Benoit Cœure’s brand new BIS Innovation Hub; and
- Speculation over who (if anyone) BoJo will nominate to fill the UK’s Commissioner slot (Me! Me!)
In other words, there is a lot going on – and a lot to play for.
Our guest from the Brussels cauldron this month is Pablo Portugal – whose day-job as an MD at the Association for Financial Markets in Europe, where he focuses on capital markets, banking and European/International regulation. He is also a board member of the European Capital Markets Institute, which operates as an independent think-tank with the Centre for European Policy Studies, also in Brussels. We are delighted that he has agreed to come over to provide a truly European perspective.
If you (or a colleague) would like to join us, and perhaps your own thoughts, please let us know by emailing email@example.com or by calling the Centre on 0207 621 1056. As usual (thanks to the hospitality of our friends at the CISI), there will be tea, coffee, and buns.
PS: Two requests: first, we would like to start on time at 8.30. Second, have some sort of photo ID to show to security at the front desk.
*Should you feel so moved, Graham invites you to join his “Friends of Graham Bishop”, and to sign up for his Brussels Finance Watch.
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