The InsurTech wave of innovation introduces and transforms existing business models. The extensive use of third-party providers and outsourcing may lead to both as well as a possible fragmentation of the insurance value chain. Nonetheless, several incumbent insurance-related companies, more or less have become software companies. The degree of this transformation is marked by the

The European federation of retail investors, BETTER FINANCE, has criticised the new composition of stakeholder groups at the European supervisory authorities, branding it “a step backwards with regard to a balanced representation between industry and consumers in EU financial rulemaking.” Read the full article here.

Brussels, 20 July 2020 – The new composition of the European Supervisory Authorities’ (ESAs) “Stakeholder Groups” is a step backwards with regard to a balanced representation between industry and consumers in EU financial rulemaking. This is the result of the recent ESAs reform, which reduced the quotas for consumers and academics in favour of financial

BETTER FINANCE believes that the main challenges and opportunities for next 10 years will be: Reorienting the equity and bond funding towards sustainable investments. The identification of sustainable investments must be based on facts and science, not on emotions and ideologies, and on the probability to have a positive impact on the environment, society and

European Commission Press Release – This document reflects the outcome of the high level dialogue between all participants of two round-tables on best practices organised in May and June 2020 by the European Commission in light of the COVID19 crisis. All participants agree to continue the dialogue on the COVID19 crisis and its impacts in

On 1 July 2020, Germany took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from Croatia and published the presidency programme for the next six months, including several aspects related to financial services, highlighting “a sustainable financial market architecture, stable financial policy and fair taxation”. With regards to taxation the German Presidency is

We, the undersigned organisations, would like to congratulate you for the very important announcement made during several recent online events, that the Commission will propose legislation in 2021 on both corporate due diligence and directors’ duties as part of your initiative on sustainable corporate governance, taking into account ongoing national-level mandatory due diligence developments. We

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), the EU’s securities markets regulator, has published the new list of members of its Securities and Markets Stakeholder Group (SMSG). The selected individuals begin a four-year term on 1 July 2020. The SMSG will provide ESMA with advice on its policy work and must be consulted on technical

BETTER FINANCE and BEUC published a Joint Public Letter concerning the collective redress file in light of the recently published Final Report of the High-Level Forum on the Future of the Capital Markets Union, reaffirming the necessity of creating a pan-EU collective redress mechanism that does not exclude European citizens as financial consumers and individual