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Now in its 21st consecutive year, the European Financial Services Conference is widely considered as the major event in the Brussels calendar on financial services, annually attracting some 400 senior bankers and financial policymakers to discuss the most pertinent issues affecting European and global financial markets. 

Hosted by Barclays and Kreab, this year’s conference will take place on 8 June 2023 at BNP Paribas Auditorium, Brussels.

Key topics to be discussed:

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Prospects for recovery 

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Sustainable and digital finance

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Key legislative reforms

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Capital markets and services integration

Prospects for recovery 


Sustainable and digital finance

Key legislative reforms

Capital markets and services integration

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14:00 - 14:05
Welcome from the Conference Partners
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David Reed
Senior Partner, Kreab
14:05 - 14:25
Keynote remarks
14:25 - 15:20
Session 1: View from the boardroom

Europeans are living through a temporary, mainly man made, economic shock. Each crisis provides an opportunity to improve our society. Our responsibility to the health of the planet and future generations remains unaffected and climate challenges have compounded. 


  1. What is your description of the current economic situation in Europe and what are the most prominent challenges you are facing?  
  2. Where do you see prospects for recovery and a brighter macro environment?
  3. How do you steer a commercial enterprise that also now has a firm societal duty to help green global business? What is the role of finance in carbon reduction – as a tool for transition and long term?
15:20 - 15:40
Networking break
15:40 - 16:35
Session 2: Concluding key legislative reforms

We are midway through the implementation of a comprehensive European digital strategy – directly addressing technology companies’ operations and markets, horizontal data security and access rules to complement existing privacy rules, multiple digital financial services reforms and new crypto asset regulation. Key projects that complete this framework include instant payments, open finance; review of PSD2; a regime for decentralised finance; and of course a legal framework for a digital euro. Most of these projects individually represent flagship reforms in their own right. Europe is tackling this all in parallel in one bold swoop. 


  1. What lessons have been learned from reforms to regulation of technology companies and on the use of data in Europe? 
  2. What must we not lose sight of amidst the upcoming legislative melee? What principles can keep us grounded and ensure different regulations work together as intended?
  3. Which choices do we need to make about the perimeter for digital regulation – are we striking the balance between rules that facilitate innovation and competition and that protects society and financial stability?
16:35 - 17:30
Session 3: Capital markets and services integration

It is never too late to improve our record and raise political ambitions on the Union part of the European capital markets agenda. It is not altogether surprising that member states value their domestic market structures. But this has a big cost for all that weighs heavily on European business and investors – both wholesale and retail. The Commission is right to keep pushing the CMU. There is also often a strong investor protection element to different rules across Europe. While the objective is understandable, the EU is also trying to improve the framework for retail financial services to deliver more harmonisation and modern rules for increasingly digitalised customer services.


  1. Will the listing act make raising funds in the EU more effective?
  2. What value does a review of EMIR deliver for Europe ?
  3. How can retail investors be better served by EU legislation?
17:30 - 19:30
Networking cocktail
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Confirmed speakers:

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Francesco Ceccato

CEO, Barclays Europe


Andrea Sironi

Chairman, Generali

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Verena Ross

Chair, European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)


Alexandra Jour-Schroeder

Deputy Director-General, DG FISMA, European Commission


Petra Hielkema

Chairperson, EIOPA


William De Vijlder

Group Chief Economist, BNP Paribas


Stéphanie Yon-Courtin

Member, European Parliament

José Manuel Campa

Chairperson, European Banking Authority

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Markus Ferber

Member, European Parliament

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Morten Linnemann Bech

Centre Head - Switzerland, BIS Innovation Hub


Danuta Hübner

Member, European Parliament


Paul Tang

Member, European Parliament


Lawrence Wintermeyer

Executive Co-Chair, Global Digital Finance


Ingrid Holmes

Executive Director, Green Finance Institute

Jane Ambachtsheer

Jane Ambachtsheer

Global Head of Sustainability, BNP Paribas Asset Management

Organisers & Partners

Event Host
Barclays is a major global financial services provider engaged in personal banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking and wealth and investment management with an extensive international presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs 140,000 people. Visit website: 
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Generali is one of the largest global insurance and asset management providers. Established in 1831, it is present in 50 countries in the world with total premium income of more than € 69.7 billion in 2019. With nearly 72,000 employees serving 61 million customers, the Group has a leading position in Europe and a growing presence in Asia and Latin America. Generali’s ambition is to be the life-time partner to its customers, offering innovative and personalised solutions thanks to an unmatched distribution network.
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Kreab is a world leading communications consultancy. We provide independent and strategic advice on high-stakes financial, corporate and public affairs communications. With operations in 25 countries, and over 350 highly experienced consultants, we offer communications counsel to the highest levels within companies, organizations, governments and governmental agencies. Visit website:
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Forum Europe events are where people and policy meet. We have been organising policy conferences in Brussels and around Europe since 1989. Our events provide unique insights from the people behind the policy and those seeking to influence it. Our expert team develop conference programmes with impact and provide first-class event logistics. Forum Europe is more than an event management and conference production specialist. With offices in Brussels and the UK, we operate across Europe and globally. Through our international arm, Forum Global, our events cover five continents, and engage policymakers and industry at national and regional levels around the world. Our mission is to drill down to the issues that matter, creating policy events that are ahead of the curve, facilitating frank and open debate on some of the most pressing issues facing Europe and the world today.Visit website:
Event Partner
BNP Paribas Fortis is the bank for a changing world. A bank managed in all transparency, driven by values of responsibility, humanity, innovation and enthusiasm.
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We are The European PayTech with scale, capabilities and proximity to provide the simplest, fastest and safest payment solutions to People, Businesses and Financial Institutions. We come from the merger and integration of Nexi, Nets and Sia, among the biggest European players in digital payments and we are now present in more than 25 countries. We help our Customers pay and accept digital payments through a complete and personalised range of simple, intuitive and secure solutions. We offer Banks, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Large International Corporations, Institutions and Public Administrations a complete range of innovative solutions for digital payments in both card‑present and card‑not‑present acceptance, e-commerce and multi-channel solutions. We drive progress by simplifying transactions and by empowering people and businesses to enjoy closer relationships and prosper together.
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CEO, Barclays Europe

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CEO, Barclays Europe

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CEO, Barclays Europe

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CEO, Barclays Europe


If you are interested in becoming involved in this event and finding out more about the sponsorship opportunities available, please contact Hannah Corns: [email protected] / +44 (0) 2920 783 027

Overview of 2022 Conference


For more information on any aspect of this event, please contact Hannah Corns using any of the details below.

Hannah Corns
Senior Event Manager
Forum Europe

[email protected]

Tel: +44 (0) 2920 783 027