BETTER FINANCE together with ShareAction, the German Association of the Insured BdV, Urgewald and WWF European Policy Office react to the Solvency II review on related sustainability requirements. Solvency II, the legislative framework for EU insurers, is currently under review. Solvency II, introduced in 2016, laid the foundations for a harmonised, sound, and robust prudential

The European Federation of investors and Financial Services Users fully supports the clear stated objectives of the European Union’s very welcome “Retail Investor Strategy”. ENSURE A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD IN SECTORAL LEGISLATION            The European Commission’s stated goal for the EU Strategy for Retail Investors (RIS) is to: ”ensure that (…) rules are coherent across legal

Would you agree with the assessment that certain products that are offered to consumers do not offer Value for Money? If yes: a) how significant a problem would you consider this to be? b) for which products/market segments is this problem particularly relevant? To begin with, BETTER FINANCE firmly suggests providing clear definitions for key concepts,

Explanations A differential pricing mechanism in insurance contracts describes a practice by which an insurance company adapts the cost or price of the product/service on considerations other than the expected risk premia or estimated expenses. Put simply, prices will reflect how proactive or passive a client is (shop around or not) rather than the risk

BETTER FINANCE published a letter accompanying its response to the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) on its draft EU Sustainability Reporting Standards (ESRS). In light of the proposals put forward by EFRAG, BETTER FINANCE would like to draw attention to the overarching themes that will ensure investors receive understandable, comparable, and reliable information which

BETTER FINANCE notes that the gap between users’ information needs and the sustainability information reported by undertakings is growing. Academic research demonstrates however that companies are reporting more often on aims and intentions rather than on actual actions and performance. Besides, there is a significant increase in demand for sustainability reporting information from undertakings which

Individual, non-professional (“retail”) investors are significantly interested in sustainable investments and by extension rely not only on more data on climate or sustainability-related risks and opportunities, but also on more comparable, and comprehensible data in order to understand the risks and opportunities entities are exposed to. In order to ensure investors receive consistent, comparable, and

Individual, non-professional (“retail”) investors are significantly demotivated or hampered from investing cross-border within the EU due to: The widespread de facto double taxation of investment income within the “Single Market” (for example the so-called Belgian-French Tax Treaty to avoid double taxation is in reality organizing the double taxation of Belgian residents holding shares of French-domiciled

BETTER FINANCE’s answer to the European Commission (EC) consultation on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) ratings and sustainability factors in credit ratings aims to inform on concerns about the functioning of the ESG ranking market developed by commercial data providers. This agenda pertains to the renewed sustainable finance strategy adopted in July 2021 by the