Vandaag een bijdrage van Brussels Sunshine, onderdeel van Corporate European Observatory die de lobbyactiviteiten rondom de EU in de gaten houdt. Nog even wat context, vandaag werd bekend dat er in de EU drie nieuwe financiële toezichthouders komen.
Both Members of Parliament (MEPs) and banking lobbyists that participate in the European Parliamentary Financial Services Forum (EPFSF) claim that the EPFSF is not lobby group but a “forum for discussion”.
Commenting on the recent call of more than 70 MEPs to counter the dominance of big banks and investment firms in the debates around financial reform in Europe, Catherine Denis, Director of EPFSF, told Public Affairs News that the objective of the EPFSF “is to organise debates where all participants can express their different points of view, including representatives of consumer groups”. This is also the impression given in the EPFSF’s Governance Principles.
Today, the EPFSF is organising a seminar for MEP assistants to ‘educate them’ on derivatives markets and the impacts of the proposals on the review of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID). Derivatives (described by critics as ‘weapons of financial mass destruction’) are very controversial due to their role in the financial meltdown, but the financial industry is fighting tooth and nail against strict regulation on derivatives. The European Parliament will be deciding on these matters in the coming months and the EPFSF event looks very much like an effort to lobby MEPs (via their assistants) on how to regulate derivatives markets.