Why is the public interest such a low priority in banking?

The public interest is not being properly represented in banking and finance: eight years after Lehman Brothers collapsed, the EU’s economy is weak and the banking system remains a threat to financial stability. In response, Finance Watch began a research project in 2015 to investigate why the public interest has been so under-represented in banking and to identify possible improvements. The two-year project invited civil society and academics to participate and contribute to the research.

The conference will present the results of this research – including policy recommendations – while providing an opportunity for its contributors and others to continue the conversation and to strengthen the network of civil society organisations and academics working on the subject.

This one-day event combines plenary sessions with 8 parallel sessions, allowing the participants to explore the multiple dimensions and possible answers to the questions raised.



9AM | Opening

9:20AM | Introduction on the project and the conference

10AM | Panel discussion on how a simplified, more open and inclusive regulatory process can improve participation and deliver better outcomes in terms of public interest representation?

– Eric Ducoulombier, European Commission, DG FISMA
– Monique Goyens, BEUC
– Daniel Mügge, University of Amsterdam
– Ella Sjödin, Nordic Financial Unions
– Magda Tancau, EAPN and FESSUD
– Myriam Vander Stichele, SOMO

11:30AM | Interview on stakeholder banking:
What are the criteria and recipe for success? How to influence banks actions and foster the participation of the public?

– Christine Berry, New Economics Foundation
– Rym Ayadi, International Research Centre on Cooperative Finance

12AM | Keynote speech by John Christensen, Founder and President of the Tax Justice Network:
Building up a movement and influencing policies on a complex and technical issue: learning from the international tax campaigns


2PM | 1st series of parallel sessions: short presentations followed by discussions with participants

> Participation in banking regulation: CSO strategies
S. Pagliari, City University; F. Lemaire, University Paris XIII
> Banks facing societal issues: Investing in the transition
D. Korslund, GABV; S. Hierzig, Share Action
> The future of bailed-out banks: a citizens’ perspective
F. Travers-Smith, Move your Money; L. Deruytter, Fairfin (tbc)
> Citizens’ Dashboard of Finance
G. Porino, Finance Watch; W. Kalinowsky, Veblen Institute

3PM | 2nd series of parallel sessions: short presentations followed by discussions with participants

> Almost all of us are banking clients: consumers’ interest representations
A. Fily, BEUC; Lisa Karstner, Sciences Po Paris
> Learning from German stakeholder bank
C. Scherrer, Kassel University; L. Regneri, Ver.di (tbc)
> Communication, pedagogy: how to talk about money and finance
M. Nichols, Meteos; M. Thiemanns, Goethe University Frankfurt (tbc)
> Building coalitions on finance and tax: lessons from the FTT campaigns and an overview
P. Wahl, Weed; T. Fazi, ISI Growth

4PM | Stakeholders debate: What to do next? Panel discussion on key actions to be taken to improve the representation of the public interest in banking

– Sven Giegold, Member of the European Parliament
– Hakan Lucius, Head of Stakeholder Engagement, Transparency and Civil Society Division at the European Investment Bank
– Andreas Botsch,The German Trade Union Confederation, DGB
– Wim Mijs, European Banking Federation
– Anne Van Schaik, Friends of the Earth Europe

5PM | Closing speech and cocktail reception

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