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9th Annual EU Financial Regulation Conference – QED

29th September 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm CEST

Q3 2020, 14.00 – 18.00, registration and welcome coffee from 13.30

De Warande, Rue Zinner 1, 1000 Brussels

13.30 – 14.00   Registration and welcome coffee

14.00 – 14.10   Opening remarks by Moderator

14.10 – 14.25   Keynote speech by John Berrigan Director General, DG FISMA, European Commission

Session 1

The future of European Financial Markets (14.25 – 15.55)

14.25 – 14.35   Keynote speech by policy maker

14.35 – 14.45   Introductory remarks by industry representative

Discussion points

  • How can we improve the access for SMEs to market based finance?
  • What role can Europe’s capital markets play in achieving sustainable finance and the EU’s climate goals?
  • How does having London, Europe’s largest financial center, outside the EU affect the CMU project?
  • How can the global competitiveness of Europe’s capital markets be strengthened?
  • How can structural and legal barriers to cross border capital flows be removed?
  • How can we create incentive and remove obstacles for well-informed retail savers to invest?
  • How can we move from strong support for CMU in principle to support also in the technical details?
  • To what extent has MiFIDII/MiFIR reached its objectives, i.e. fair, transparent, efficient and integrated markets? What improvements could be made?
  • Has MiFIDII/MiFIR created a level playing field between execution venues? Are there any changes to be made?
  • Has MiFIDII/MiFIR increased pre- and post-trade transparency? What improvements could be made in this regard?


Member of the European Parliament

European Commission high-level representative

Industry representative

User-side representative



15.55 – 16.15   Refreshments & networking


Session 2

Digital transformation of EU’s financial services (16.15 – 17.45)

16.15 – 16.25   Introductory remarks by Dr Stephan Berger Member of the European Parliament

16.25 – 16.35   Introductory remarks by industry representative

16.35 – 17.45   Panel discussion

Discussion points

  • How can we ensure that the EU financial services regulatory framework is technology-neutral and innovation friendly?
  • How can we reap the opportunities offered by the EU-wide Single Market for digital financial services both for the industry and for consumers?
  • What are the main obstacles to fully reap the opportunities of innovative technologies in the European financial sector?
  • How could we the use of digital financial identities throughout the EU be facilitated?
  • Should EU passporting rights to be extended to more areas than today?
  • What would be the main benefits and risks of implementing an open finance policy in the EU?
  • How can the operational resilience of the financial sector be enhanced?
  • How can we promote a well-regulated data-driven financial sector that benefits both EU consumers and firms?


Dr Stephan Berger Member of the European Parliament

Peter Kerstens Advisor for Financial Sector Digitalisation and Cybersecurity, European Commission

Industry representative

User-side representative


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29th September 2020
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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De Warande
Rue Zinner 1
Brussels, 1000 Belgium
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