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General background information

This online event is being organised to mark the launch of the EU Digital Finance Platform. Commissioner Mairead McGuinness will open the event. This will be followed by a brief explanation of key functionalities of the Platform, a panel discussion on innovation in finance in the EU and closing remarks by Verena Ross, Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority.

The EU Digital Finance Platform is a new website designed to build dialogue between innovative financial firms and supervisors. The initiative was announced in the Digital Finance Strategy of September 2020. Its main objectives are to overcome fragmentation and support the scaling up of digital financial services across the Single Market. This will foster innovation in finance and holds great potential for businesses and citizens who stand to benefit from new, effective products and services.

The EU Digital Finance Platform will initially consist of two main building blocks: an Observatory offering interactive features such as a Fintech Map, events and a section where users will be able to share relevant research material, and a Gateway which will act as a single access point to supervisors, with information about national innovation hubs, regulatory sandboxes and licensing requirements. This part of the Platform will also host functionalities linked to cross-border testing – a novelty enabling firms to involve multiple national authorities in the testing of new products or applications. In a second phase, to be launched in 2023, new features are set to be added to the EU Digital Finance Platform, building on user feedback.


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8 April 2022, 9.30 - 12.00 (CEST)