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Proportionality Workshop on 24 January

Proportionality Workshop on 24 January

ESBG invites policy makers, stakeholders to discuss proportionality  how principle can be better applied when adjusting existing, upcoming regulation












​​​​​​​​BRUSSELS, 17 January 2017 ​  More than fifty people have already signed up for the ESBG Proportionality Workshop scheduled for a week from today. 

Attendees scheduled to attend respresent the banking sector, EU intstitutions and stakeholders who will discuss how the principle can be better applied when adjusting existing and upcoming regulation. They will also look how ESBG members, representing 1000 locally minded savings and retail banks in Europe, along with other financial institutions, can carry out their daily work such as SME lending under a non-detrimental rules framework.

Two panels with experts from the banking sector, Europe's SMEs, employees, the academic world and policymakers from the European Parliament, European Commission, and European Central Bank will give attendees a chance to assess the political and practical aspects of proportionality in European legislation. 

Confirmed speakers and panelists for the mid-morning event are: 

  • Giulia Bertezzolo, European Commission
  • Fons Borginon, on behalf of the Coordination of Belgian Savings and Network Banks
  • Michael Budolfsen, UNI Europa Finance
  • Michael Engelhard, DSGV - German Savings Banks Association
  • Gerhard Huemer, UEAPME - The European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
  • Othmar Karas, Member of the European Parliament
  • Mattias Lehmann, Bonn University and European Banking Institute
  • Martin Merlin, European Commission
  • Karl-Peter Schackmann-Fallis, DSGV - German Savings Banks Association
  • Herbert Vallant, Austrian Savings Banks Assocation
  • Jukka Vesala, European Central Bank
  • Andrew Watchman, EFRAG - European Financial Reporting Advisory Group​

Why it's important

The workshop comes as banks face a gauntlet of challenges such as the low interest rate environment, cost pressures from innovation and a razor-thin profit margins. Organisers see the workshop as important and timely because policymakers are now working on the CRD package review and other legislative initiatives that are considered by regulators and supervisors as essential elements for increasing bank resilience and strengthening consumer confidence.​

Event format

A short but dense workshop that starts at 10 am and ends at 12:30 pm will allow participants to get an update on each stakeholder's positon and we will also discuss possible practical implementations. A networking lunch will conclude the workshop to allow you to exchange on the ideas launches during the workshop with your peers.


>> See which panellists are already confirmed

>> Learn more abo​ut the event and register

>> Learn more on ESBG's position on proportionality​​