Positions

Latest position papers published by WSBI and ESBG. Responses to consultations and letters submitted to the European Commission an​d other po​​licymaking bodies appear in many of the published papers.​​



State Aid rules for banks in difficulty

The European Savings and Retail Banking Group (ESBG) welcomes the initiative of the European Commission to launch a targeted consultation aiming at reviewing the State Aid rules for banks in difficulty.

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International Sustainability Standards Board consultation on Sustainability Disclosures

The International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) has been established at COP26 with the purpose of developing a comprehensive global baseline of sustainability disclosures for the capital markets. The purpose of the consultation is to develop a comprehensive global baseline of sustainability disclosures designed to meet the information needs of investors in assessing enterprise value.

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For a single market for data to push growth and innovation

A European approach to data is essential to ensure competitiveness, avoid fragmentation, benefit from an effect of scale and guard against windfall effects from which certain non-European players could benefit.

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PSD2 review must seek fair distribution of value and risk among all market participants

ESBG submitted its response to the European Commission (EC)’s targeted consultation on the review of the revised payment services Directive (PSD2) on 15 July. In it, ESBG and its members stated that the core principle of PSD2 – access to data free of charge – did not foster the best outcome and that the PSD2 implementation has been a highly complicated and costly process for the whole market.

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On the EU Commission consultation on Distance Marketing in Financial Services Directive review

ESBG supports the scenario chosen by the EU Commission for its proposal to retain the relevant and still valid elements of the DMFSD by integrating them into a broader directive (the Consumer Rights Directive 2011/83/EU which is not currently concerning financial products) and to make some adjustments.

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Digital euro: ESBG’s response to the European Commission targeted consultation

The European Savings and Retail Banking Group stated the need to further assess exactly what gaps in the payments system could be filled by the introduction of a digital euro, and to analyse how the existing solutions could be adjusted to enhance their value to the customer. This in its response to the European Commission targeted consultation.

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ESBG supports consumer participation in capital markets

The EU Retail Investment Strategy aims to increase the level of retail investor participation in the EU’s capital markets and ensure that retail investors can take full advantage of capital markets, achieve better outcomes and better cater for their long-term financial needs. The upcoming MiFID II Review (under the umbrella of the EU Retail Investment Strategy) provides an opportunity to contribute to this goal. The European Savings and Retail Banking Group puts forward its calls in support for an inclusive EU capital market.

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ESBG calls for more feasible rules on the new corporate sustainability due diligence

In its response to the European Commission call for feedback on the proposal for a Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence, the European Savings and Retail Banking Group (ESBG) suggests changes to make the rules more feasible. ESBG members support the goal to tackle environmental issues and human rights abuses as they commit to sustainable, responsible and future-oriented banking and support the creation of a coherent legal framework. Nevertheless, ESBG finds that the proposal foresees a role for financial entities that is too ambitious and could create legal uncertainty.

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ESBG submits its position to the International Accounting Standards Board on IFRS 17

ESBG believes that this does not correctly portray the insurance service provided under these contracts. We are of the opinion that an alternative approach based on the present value of expected future annuity payments would more accurately determine the quantity of insurance contract services provided by their contracts.

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State Aid rules for banks in difficulty

The European Savings and Retail Banking Group (ESBG) welcomes the initiative of the European Commission to launch a targeted consultation aiming at reviewing the State Aid rules for banks in difficulty.

Read More

International Sustainability Standards Board consultation on Sustainability Disclosures

The International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) has been established at COP26 with the purpose of developing a comprehensive global baseline of sustainability disclosures for the capital markets. The purpose of the consultation is to develop a comprehensive global baseline of sustainability disclosures designed to meet the information needs of investors in assessing enterprise value.

Read More

For a single market for data to push growth and innovation

A European approach to data is essential to ensure competitiveness, avoid fragmentation, benefit from an effect of scale and guard against windfall effects from which certain non-European players could benefit.

Read More

PSD2 review must seek fair distribution of value and risk among all market participants

ESBG submitted its response to the European Commission (EC)’s targeted consultation on the review of the revised payment services Directive (PSD2) on 15 July. In it, ESBG and its members stated that the core principle of PSD2 – access to data free of charge – did not foster the best outcome and that the PSD2 implementation has been a highly complicated and costly process for the whole market.

Read More

On the EU Commission consultation on Distance Marketing in Financial Services Directive review

ESBG supports the scenario chosen by the EU Commission for its proposal to retain the relevant and still valid elements of the DMFSD by integrating them into a broader directive (the Consumer Rights Directive 2011/83/EU which is not currently concerning financial products) and to make some adjustments.

Read More

Digital euro: ESBG’s response to the European Commission targeted consultation

The European Savings and Retail Banking Group stated the need to further assess exactly what gaps in the payments system could be filled by the introduction of a digital euro, and to analyse how the existing solutions could be adjusted to enhance their value to the customer. This in its response to the European Commission targeted consultation.

Read More

ESBG supports consumer participation in capital markets

The EU Retail Investment Strategy aims to increase the level of retail investor participation in the EU’s capital markets and ensure that retail investors can take full advantage of capital markets, achieve better outcomes and better cater for their long-term financial needs. The upcoming MiFID II Review (under the umbrella of the EU Retail Investment Strategy) provides an opportunity to contribute to this goal. The European Savings and Retail Banking Group puts forward its calls in support for an inclusive EU capital market.

Read More

ESBG calls for more feasible rules on the new corporate sustainability due diligence

In its response to the European Commission call for feedback on the proposal for a Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence, the European Savings and Retail Banking Group (ESBG) suggests changes to make the rules more feasible. ESBG members support the goal to tackle environmental issues and human rights abuses as they commit to sustainable, responsible and future-oriented banking and support the creation of a coherent legal framework. Nevertheless, ESBG finds that the proposal foresees a role for financial entities that is too ambitious and could create legal uncertainty.

Read More

ESBG submits its position to the International Accounting Standards Board on IFRS 17

ESBG believes that this does not correctly portray the insurance service provided under these contracts. We are of the opinion that an alternative approach based on the present value of expected future annuity payments would more accurately determine the quantity of insurance contract services provided by their contracts.

Read More