This proposal aims at integrating ESG considerations into the investment and advisory process to ensure that financial market participants (UCITS, AIFMs, IORPs, EuVECA and EuSEF managers and investment firms) that receive a mandate from their clients or beneficiaries to take investment decisions on their behalf would integrate ESG into their internal processes and inform their

EU citizens as savers and individual investors are the main provider of long term funding to the EU economy and are mostly by nature long term oriented, as their needs are often long-term ones: pension, home purchase, children education, etc. Therefore, they are concerned with the impact of the investment of their savings on sustainability.

The EBA seeks to foster consumer protection in all EU Member States, by identifying and addressing consumer detriment in the financial services sector. By assessing the retail conduct of financial firms, the EBA also seeks to contribute to the stability, integrity and effectiveness of the financial system. One of the tasks of the EBA is

BETTER FINANCE commented on the current legislative framework on public reporting of companies. As a representative of individual investors and financial services users in Europe, BETTER FINANCE focused its feedback on the financial reporting framework for listed companies and for banks and insurance companies.

EU public reporting requirements for companies have been beneficial for EU citizens since more standardised and comparable reporting has increased scrutiny. The Accounting directives (financial and non-financial) and the Transparency directive have led to more standardised and comparable corporate reporting. This information allows EU citizens and investors to better understand the companies’ policies notably in

BETTER FINANCE commented on the current legislative framework on public reporting of companies. As a representative of individual investors and financial services users in Europe, BETTER FINANCE focused its feedback on the financial reporting framework for listed companies and for banks and insurance companies.

BETTER FINANCE welcomes this opportunity to comment on the proposal for a regulation establishing the programme for a single market and competitiveness of enterprises which will continue to support the specific activities covered by the 2017-2020 Capacity-Building Programme enhancing the involvement of consumers and other financial services end-users in Union policy-making, as set out in

Back in November 2017, BETTER FINANCE formed an Alliance together with the other major EU public interest organisations working on financial services to voice their disappointment with the European Commission’s proposal for the review of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs), and make proposals to remedy the situation.

BETTER FINANCE fully supports this proposal to include ESG considerations during the advisory and product suitability process. However, we have some concerns regarding the proposal. Firstly, and as raised at several occasions by BETTER FINANCE, before requesting institutional investors and assets managers to include ESG’s client’s preferences in the advisory and product suitability process, we

BETTER FINANCE welcomes this opportunity to comment on the proposal amending Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/565 supplementing MiFID II as regards organizational requirements and operating conditions for investment firms and defined terms for the purpose of that directive. Investment firms shall act in accordance with the best interest of their clients. As such, when providing investment