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The EU’s FinTech strategy: can Europe compete globally?


The EU’s FinTech strategy: can Europe compete globally?

2017 will be a pivotal year for FinTech. The European Commission recently published a consultation (‘FinTech: A more competitive and innovative European financial sector’) and the European Parliament voted on its own initiative report in May. Both initiatives will input into an EU FinTech strategy expected by the end of the year.

FinTech is also priority of the German Presidency of the G20 and the Financial Stability Board is due to report on its findings at the G20 Leaders Summit in July.

These initiatives reflect the fact that the emerging FinTech industry is global. While the US has merged the technical expertise of the West coast with the financial capacities of the East coast, UAE countries are aiming to grow the region as a leading FinTech hub.

It will be crucial for Europe to get its strategy right in order to remain globally competitive.

EURACTIV invites you to this stakeholder workshop to reflect on Europe’s initiatives to build a more competitive FinTech ecosystem. Questions will include:

- What will give the EU a competitive edge in driving forward FinTech capability and investment?

- Does the EU’s financial services regulatory framework drive innovation?

- Is the EU putting consumers at the heart of the FinTech revolution, balancing innovation and consumer protection?

- What can the EU learn from the developments in FinTech in the US and Asia?

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Euractiv Network Office
Boulevard Charlemagne 1, 1041 Brussels

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Delphine Leroy, Policy Officer - Retail Financial Services, European Commission
Catalin Sorin Ivan MEP, Shadow rapporteur FinTech: influence of technology on the future of the financial sector
Roeland Van der Stappen, Vice President, Government Relations, Barclays
Alice Choi, Deputy Representative (Financial Markets), Hong-Kong Economic and Trade Office
Greg Van Elsen, Senior Financial Services Officer, BEUC
Fin Goulding, International Chief Information Officer, Aviva


12:00 – 12:30 Registration
12:30 – 13:00 Introduction and opening comments
13:00 – 14:00 Open debate