Sven Giegold

Wed 7 Dec: Finance Watch Public Conference on REPRESENTATION OF PUBLIC INTEREST IN BANKING

This Wednesday, 7 December, Finance Watch will be holding a public conference on the topic “Representation of Public Interest in Banking”. The conference aims to conclude a two years research project that dealt with the question of why the public interest has been so under-represented in banking, identifying possible improvements. Civil society and academics were asked to provide explanations why in post- Lehman Brothers times the EU’s economy is still weak and the banking system still remains a threat to financial stability.  

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.

At 4pm, Hakan Lucius from the Transparency and Civil Society Division at the European Investment Bank, Susanne Wixforth of The German Trade Union Confederation (DGB), Wim Mijs of the European Banking Federation, Anne Van Schaik of Friends of the Earth Europe, and myself will be discussing key actions to be taken in order to improve the representation of the public interest in banking.

Please feel invited to participate! All relevant information regarding registration can be found here:

I look forward to a fruitful discussion with you



Representation of public interest in banking



Date: 7 December 2016

Time: 9:00 – 18:30

Venue: Bibliothèque Royale, Brussels



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

  1. Pagliari, City University; F. Lemaire, University Paris XIII

> Banks facing societal issues: Investing in the transition

  1. Korslund, GABV; S. Hierzig, Share Action

> The future of bailed-out banks: a citizens’ perspective

  1. Travers-Smith, Move your Money; L. Deruytter, Fairfin

> Citizens’ Dashboard of Finance

  1. Porino, Finance Watch; W. Kalinowski, 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

  1. Fily, BEUC; L. Kastner, Sciences Po Paris

> Learning from German stakeholder bank

  1. Scherrer, Kassel University; L. Regneri, Ver.di

> Communication, pedagogy: how to talk about money and finance

  1. Nicholls, Meteos

> Building coalitions on finance and tax: lessons from the FTT campaigns and an overview

  1. 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. Moderation by Rebecca Christie, independent journalist (Bloomberg).


Sven Giegold, Member of the European Parliament

Hakan Lucius, Head of Stakeholder Engagement, Transparency and Civil Society Division at the   European Investment Bank

Susanne Wixforth,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

In order to register please follow the link:

Download the report (PDF, English)

Rubrik: Wirtschaft & Währung

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