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Retail Banking Conference takes place this Wednesday

Retail Banking Conference takes place this Wednesday

Debates will tackle innovation and the current challenges for retail and savings banks

​​BRUSSELS, 10 March 2016 - Representatives from the banking sector from all over Europe, as well as from governments, European institutions, non-governmental organisations and civil society will get together to discuss 'Better Regulation for Growth and Jobs' during the ESBG Retail Banking Conference. The event will take place next Wednesday, 16 March, at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Brussels, from 9:00 to 13:00, and will be followed by a networking lunch.

“Retail and savings banks are going through a period of profound change and the conference provides a timely forum for debate”, says Isidro Fainé, ESBG President and Chairman of CaixaBank. “The financial crisis led to a breakdown of public trust in the banking system as a whole and therefore a key priority for retail and savings banks alike is to win back the trust of their customers. At the same time, policymakers have a role to play in ensuring that banks can continue to supply credit to the real economy, thus helping job creation and economic growth. ”, Mr Fainé adds.

The conference will be comprised of three session panels. The first one will tackle the “Financial innovation and how retail banks are affected”, which will be addressed by Fabrice Denèle, Head of Cards and Payments of the Groupe BPCE, Arnold J.A.M. Kuijpers, Director European Affairs of Rabobank, and José Agostinho de Matos, Vice-Chairman and CEO of Caixa Geral de Depósitos.

The second panel will focus on “Proportionality for local banks” and will have the participation of Pervenche Berès MEP, Member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs in the European Parliament, Andrea Enria, Chairman of the European Banking Authority (EBA), John Heller, Argenta CEO, Christophe Nijdam, Secretary-General of the NGO Finance Watch, and Karl-Peter Schackmann-Fallis, Executive Member of the Board of the German Savings Banks Association (DSGV).

Finally, during the third session, panellists will discuss "How regulation needs to catch up with digitisation". John Broxis, Managing Director of MyBank, Claire Bury, Deputy Director-General of DG Connect of the European Commission, Sergey Filippov, Associate Director of the Lisbon Council, and Antonio Massanell, Deputy Chairman of Caixabank will share their views on the topic with the public.

After the panels, Alain Minc, Economic and Political advisor of the AMConseil, will make the closing speech and Chris De Noose, ESBG Managing Director Chris De Noose, will be in charge of the conference wrap up. There will room for intervention by the audience throughout the event.

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Communication - institutional & commercial; Innovation; Regulation; Proportionality