7 July 2021 – The European Commission (EC) has adopted a new ‘Strategy for Financing the Transition to a Sustainable Economy‘ or Sustainable Finance Strategy. BETTER FINANCE commends the EC for this important step and fully supports its stated goals, especially the move towards ensuring more and better access for consumers to “transition finance”. It

Following on the heels of its 2020 video on “why to invest in shares?” (published exclusively in French), BETTER FINANCE now launches a new educational video on “Investing in Funds”, in English as well as in French. This latest video takes a deeper look at investment funds in Europe and explains how individual investors can

In the study about the Solvency and Financial Condition Reports (SFCRs) – that have to be disclosed under the Solvency II Directive (Art. 51) – we take a closer look at eight different figures that are calculated and rated: Transparency, expressed on a point scale (from -2 to 19); Solvency ratio, expressed as a percentage

Besides their fundamental business figures, insurance companies have to disclose how stable and secure they are in annual “solvency” reports. In 2021, for the first time, BdV – Europe’s most important association for insurance policyholders – in cooperation with BETTER FINANCE, the European Federation of Financial Services Users – analyse these reports from the 10

Bled, Slovenia | Monday 13 September 2021 Draft Programme | BETTER FINANCE & VZMD International Investors’ Conference Venue: Grand Hotel Toplice [European Capital Markets for Individual Investors] 09h00-09h30 Coffee and Registration 09h30-09h40 Welcome Speech | Axel Kleinlein, President of BETTER FINANCE 09h40-10h00 Keynote Speech | Borut Pahor, President of the Republic of Slovenia or Janez

Following its Action Plan for Fair and Simple Taxation Supporting the Recovery Strategy, the Commission is taking stock of taxpayers’ existing rights under EU law and issuing a Recommendation to Member States to improve the situation of taxpayers and to simplify tax obligations. In its response to the consultation, BETTER FINANCE provides information through feedback

BETTER FINANCE is pleased to announce that Alin Iacob, the Chairman of the Association of Romanian Financial Services Users (AURSF), and Matías Martín-Gil Parra, representative of ADICAE, the Spanish Association of Users of Banks, Savings Banks and Insurance Companies, were both selected to join the European Commission’s Payment Systems Market Expert Group (PSMEG). The expert

There has been considerable progress on both supervisory convergence and the single rulebook since the three European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) were created in 2011. Nevertheless, both require continued and appropriately targeted efforts to make further progress. To this end, the Commission’s capital markets union (CMU) action plan published on 24 September 2020, requires the European

In response to the global financial crisis, the EU started working towards a safer financial sector for the EU single market, triggering changes to European financial legislation and to the financial supervisory architecture. The single rulebook for all financial actors in the EU was enhanced, comprising stronger prudential requirements for banks, improved protection for depositors

BETTER FINANCE strongly supports the goals of the new initiative on Sustainable Corporate Governance launched by the European Commission in order to reconcile economic growth, social progress, corporate governance and environmental protection, which is a vital and very urgent necessity. But this has to be based on the right assumptions. This press release further details