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Call for applications for the Financial Services Users Group

The European Commission has recently opened a new call for applications, to find members for the Financial Services Users Group (FSUG). Members can include people representing the interests of consumers, retail investors or micro-enterprises, as well as individual experts with expertise in financial services from the consumer perspective. Deadline for first selection: 30 September 2021.  Click on the ‘more’ button below to apply (under the ‘continuously open calls’ section).

 
Beating financial crime: Commission overhauls anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism rules

The European Commission has today presented an ambitious package of legislative proposals to strengthen the EU’s anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) rules. The package harmonises AML/CFT rules across the EU. It also proposes the creation of a new EU authority to fight money laundering. This package is part of the Commission’s commitment to protect EU citizens and the EU's financial system from money laundering and terrorist financing. The aim of the package is to improve the detection of suspicious transactions and activities, and to close loopholes used by criminals to launder illicit proceeds or finance terrorist activities through the financial system.

 
Join our sustainable finance discussion today on @TwitterSpaces

We'll be LIVE on @TwitterSpaces today at 12:00 PM to discuss the renewed sustainable finance strategy & European green bonds. Join the conversation with Commissioner Mairead McGuinness, @EU_Finance experts & Sean Kidney, CEO and co-founder of Climate Bonds Initiative. Send us a DM with your question to grab the mic!

 
Don’t miss our upcoming webinars!

As part of our ‘digital finance outreach’, we are organising two events next week on digital identities in finance and financial education in the digital era.

 
Capital markets union

Today, the Commission published a list of indicators to track the development of capital markets and monitor progress towards a Capital Markets Union. The indicators will also help identify the areas where past policies may need to be adjusted or new measures put forward.

 
Sustainable finance and the EU green deal

Today, the European Commission is unveiling a package of measures to help channel private money towards more sustainable investments. The package includes a first delegated act on an EU taxonomy – or common classification.

 
DEADLINE EXTENDED: Call for applications for retail payments expert group

The European Commission is extending the deadline for applications to join the Payment Systems Market Expert Group. The expert group's objective is to advise the Commission in the area of retail payments and to assist it in the preparation of legislative acts or policy initiatives regarding retail payments.

 
Call for applications for new expert group

The European Commission has today published a call for applications to join the new Expert Group on a European Financial Data Space. As announced in the Digital Finance Strategy, the expert group will provide advice and expertise to the Commission in relation to the preparation of policy initiatives in the field of data sharing in the financial sector, to further the establishment of a common financial data space in the EU.

 
Conference on the review of the crisis management and deposit insurance framework

On 18 March 2021, the European Commission will be hosting a virtual event dedicated to the on-going review of the bank crisis management and deposit insurance (CMDI) framework. This conference is an opportunity for debate and discussion around the issues that emerged in the implementation of the existing framework and possible policy solutions. The current health crisis has highlighted the need for a strengthened banking union and the safety nets it offers – such as a European Deposit Insurance Scheme (EDIS). Policymakers, regulators and stakeholders will discuss their views in three panels on:

 
Digital finance outreach

Join our webinar on the call for advice to the European supervisory authorities (ESAs) on digital finance.

 
Retail payments: Call for applications for expert group

The European Commission has published a call for applications to join the Payment Systems Market Expert Group. The expert group's objective is to advise the Commission in the area of retail payments and to assist it in the preparation of legislative acts or policy initiatives regarding retail payments.

 
Addressing the challenges and risks brought by the new digitalizing financial ecosystem: Commission requests advice from the European supervisory authorities

As set out in the digital finance strategy, the European Commission is requesting advice from the European supervisory authorities to ensure EU rules remain fit for purpose and supervisors have all the tools they need to protect Europeans against risks to financial stability and investor or consumer risks, based on the principle “same business, same risk, same rules”.

 
Still time to tell us what you think of the Finance Newsletter

In order to further improve how we communicate what the EU is doing in the area of banking and finance, we are carrying out another online survey on our information tools – the banking and finance web pages on the EUROPA website, our Twitter account and also the Finance Newsletter. We'd like to ask you to take 5 minutes to fill in the questionnaire, to give us an idea of what you think we're doing well, and what we might do better. Our aim is to bring you the information you want – in the best and most interesting way.

 
Still time to tell us what you think of the Finance Newsletter

So far, about 100 people have responded to the online survey on our information tools – including the Finance newsletter. If you haven't done so yet, but would like a chance to give us your feedback, there's still time! It only takes 5 minutes to fill in the questionnaire and give us an idea of what you think we're doing well, and what we might do better. Our aim is to bring you the information you want – in the best and most interesting way.