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Event Overview

Now in its 20th consecutive year, the European Financial Services Conference is widely considered as the major event in the Brussels calendar on financial services, annually attracting some 600 senior bankers and financial policymakers to discuss the most pertinent issues affecting European and global financial markets. 

Hosted by Barclays, Generali and Kreab, this year’s conference is planned to take place on 25 January 2022 as a hybrid event, combining both virtual and in-person participation at the BNP Paribas Fortis Auditorium in Brussels.

As we continue on the pathway out of the crisis, the conference will explore the vision for the next generation European financial system.

Key topics to be discussed:

New ambitions, new visions – priorities in redefining Europe’s financial services systems

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Sustainable and digital finance initiatives – do they go far enough?

A review of post global financial crisis reforms and recovery-oriented policies 

Seizing the opportunity – maximising Europe’s attractiveness for global sustainable investment

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Agenda and speakers will be announced soon

Agenda

Agenda
2021-01-25
09:00 - 09:10
Welcome from the conference partners, plus showing of 20th Anniversary video
09:10 - 09:25
Keynote Presentation
09:25 - 09:40
Keynote Presentation
09:40 - 10:40
Session 1: Fireside Chat: New ambitions, new visions – redefining Europe’s financial services systems

Leaders of financial institutions, or any institution for that matter, have reset corporate strategy for a new operating environment. We will share some experiences from this process and what we have learned from it. However, for the first time in a decade, leaders are also facing a dramatically changing regulatory environment – with both horizontal new regulations around governance, transparency, and data as well as sectoral legislation impacting one or several parts of their businesses. This introduces another period of regulatory uncertainty which will last until EU elections in 2024. How do business and policy leaders see the wood for the trees in this changing landscape? This session will assess what kind of future we see being shaped by the current legislative and regulatory focus and offer judgements on whether this will position Europe’s financial system for global competitiveness or stagnation. We will assess:

  • Are the current legislative reviews shaped by an accurate assessment of where we are today and where
    we are seeking to be tomorrow?
  • With which policy initiatives and rule changes can Europe get its best return on investment?
  • What should we definitely not do?
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Francesco Ceccato
CEO, Barclays Europe
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Santo Borsellino
Chair of the Board of Generali Insurance Asset Management and Vice-Chair of EFAMA
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Alexandra Jour-Schroeder
Deputy Director-General, DG FISMA, European Commission
10:40 - 11:10
Refreshment and Networking Break
11:10 - 12:10
Session 2: Panel Discussion: From ideas to delivery – turning principles into real life benefits for Europeans

It is no understatement to characterise 2022 as a pivotal year for financial sector policymakers, consumers, business, and investors. Sustainable and digital finance initiatives, reviews of all post global financial crisis reforms, and recovery oriented policies all coincide in this second phase of the 2019-2024 College and Parliamentary term. Europe is embarked on a historic transition of its regulatory system, informed by a new set of sustainable-first principles that
will help mobilise capital, strengthen corporate governance and accountability, and grow Europe’s economy. In this session we will focus on what is most important for Europe to agree on now, why this is important and how can this
be made a reality. This session will analyse:

  • Where should our focus be in 2022?
  • What distractions or false positives must we guard against?
  • Is Europe’s financial system more or less autonomous than it was before COVID struck?
  • What is a post Brexit European capital market union?
Petra Hielkema
Chairperson, EIOPA
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William De Vijlder
Group Chief Economist, BNP Paribas Fortis
12:10 - 13:10
Session 3: Panel Discussion: The digital single market for financial services – regulating services rather than institutions

We are learning fast by doing a lot. The material face of the EU’s industry policy vision is evident in the initiatives addressing technologies such as AI and Cloud and the market position of conglomerates in the DSA and DMA. An enabling framework for sharing data, DLT, crypto currencies (etc) will soon be in place. This begs the question of which business models will succeed in this environment, and what limitations will this place on access, choice, and innovation. This panel will provide insights into the overlapping worlds of finance, fintech and big tech and draw conclusions on what this means for citizens, businesses large and small, and supervisors. The goal is a digital financial services market that meets society’s needs and gives authorities the tools necessary to monitor, intervene, and enforce EU law. Questions that arise here are:

  • What kinds of financial services do users and investors need?
  • What does open finance really mean? How open and is it just about finance?
  • What behaviours will characterise the most successful providers of financial services and their supervisors in 2025?
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Stéphanie Yon-Courtin
Member, European Parliament
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José Manuel Campa
Chairperson, European Banking Authority
13:10 - 15:00
Lunch Session
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Confirmed speakers:

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Francesco Ceccato

CEO, Barclays Europe

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Santo Borsellino

Chairman of the Board of Generali Insurance Asset Management

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Alexandra Jour-Schroeder

Deputy Director-General, DG FISMA, European Commission

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Petra Hielkema

Chairperson, EIOPA

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William De Vijlder

Group Chief Economist, BNP Paribas

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Stéphanie Yon-Courtin

Member, European Parliament

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José Manuel Campa

Chairperson, European Banking Authority

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David Reed

Senior Partner, Head of The Financial Policy Advisers Network, Kreab

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Danuta Hübner

Member, European Parliament

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Paul Tang

Member, European Parliament

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Lawrence Wintermeyer

Executive Co-Chair, Global Digital Finance

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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: www.barclays.com 
Event Host
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.
Event Host
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: www.kreab.com
Event Organiser
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: https://www.forum-europe.com
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.

If you are interested in becoming involved in this event and finding out more about the sponsorship opportunities available, please contact Charlene Bowditch: [email protected] / +44 (0) 2920 783 079

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Contact

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

hannah.corns@forum-europe.com

Tel: +44 (0) 2920 783 027