Forthcoming Events

The European Capital Markets Institute (ECMI) is calling for a submission of research papers in the areas of sustainable finance, innovative financing and capital markets development. A committee of academics and international experts will select the best paper and award the author a €5,000 prize and the opportunity to present his or her findings at the 2018 ECMI Annual Conference in Brussels on 10 October 2018.

AXA, Boulevard du Régent 7, 1000 Brussels

Well-functioning, deeper and highly integrated European capital markets are expected to play a greater role in providing alternative corporate funding and better investment opportunities. To this end, the Capital Markets Union (CMU) project should aim beyond the actions set for end-2019, towards a revamped strategy for EU-27. This year's annual conference will contribute to the public debate about the capacity of capital markets to enable long-term value creation in the real economy, namely supporting innovative companies and sustainable economic growth.

Past Events

CEPS - Centre for European Policy Studies, 1 Place du Congrès/Congresplein, 1000 Brussels

Between 2011 and 2015, global investment in FinTech increased eightfold. Resulting from the use of enabling digital technologies, new products and processes are being developed by “traditional” providers and by ever-rising numbers of FinTech startups. While policy-makers are gradually creating the necessary conditions to strengthen this digital transformation of financial services, numerous policy issues and unanswered questions remain. Against that background, CEPS, ECRI and ECMI are jointly organising their Annual Conference on “Developing the FinTech ecosystem: the challenges of regulation, innovation and digitalisation”.

CEPS - Centre for European Policy Studies, 1 Place du Congrès/Congresplein, 1000 Brussels

Under MiFID I transparency requirements were limited to equity instruments. MiFID II substantially expanded the scope of this transparency to cover also non-equity instruments. The full list includes shares; depositary receipts; exchange traded funds; certificates and similar instruments (equity-like instruments); bonds; structured finance products; emission allowances and traded derivatives (non-equity instruments). Such instruments can be traded not only on regulated markets (RMs), but also to multilateral trading facilities (MTFs), organised trading facilities (OTFs), and Systemic Internalisers (SIs). It remains to be seen how and to what extent the new transparency requirements will affect the current market structure.

CEPS - Centre for European Policy Studies, 1 Place du Congrès/Congresplein, 1000 Brussels

The European Capital Markets Institute (ECMI) invites industry representatives, policymakers, investor associations, academics and other interested stakeholders to take part in a series of special events on the topic of MiFID 2/MiFIR to discuss the readiness of market players and the supervisory community to comply with the provisions set out in new legislative framework.

CEPS - Centre for European Policy Studies, 1 Place du Congrès/Congresplein, 1000 Brussels

The Capital Markets Union (CMU) Action Plan set out a programme of actions aiming at overcoming information barriers that prevent SMEs and prospective investors from identifying new opportunities to secure funding and to make investments, respectively. 

  1. Strengthening the feedback given by banks when turning down credit applications from SMEs, in order to allow rejected SMEs to adjust their business model to have better access to external funding;
  2. Mapping local or national support and advisory structures across the EU to promote best practices in assisting SMEs; and
  3. Investigating how to develop or support pan-European information systems that link up national systems to bring finance-seeking SMEs together with finance providers

CEPS - Centre for European Policy Studies, 1 Place du Congrès/Congresplein, 1000 Brussels

From a historical perspective, interest rates have been on a downward trend over the past four decades. In Europe, the financial and sovereign debt crises and the ensuing weak macroeconomic environment – persistent output gap, low growth and excessively low inflation – together with the expansionary monetary policy responses, in particular QE, have contributed to a further decline in interest rates.

National Bank of Belgium boulevard de Berlaimont 14 1000 Brussels

The Annual Conference of the European Capital Markets Institute (ECMI) is a landmark event in Brussels, bringing together policy-makers, academics and international experts to discuss salient issues in the integration of EU capital markets and global financial reform.

CEPS - Centre for European Policy Studies, 1 Place du Congrès/Congresplein, 1000 Brussels

Financial market infrastructures (FMIs) are the backbone of the financial system: they enable market participants to transact with one another in an efficient manner. FMIs are inherently systemic, as their very names imply: payments systems, central securities depositories (CSDs), securities settlement systems (SSSs), central counterparties (CCPs) and trade repositories (TRs).

CEPS - Centre for European Policy Studies, 1 Place du Congrès / Congresplein, 1000 Brussels

The financial sector is no stranger to innovation. Nevertheless, over the past few years, the exponential growth of FinTech companies suggests that more disruptive changes will be required in order to bring the financial system fully into the 21st century.

CEPS - Centre for European Policy Studies 1 Place du Congrès / Congresplein 1000 Brussels

In the context of the capital markets union plan, the European Commission proposed an initiative to re-launch securitisation, with harmonised rules across the EU for a subset of standardised offerings, and with CRR amendments to adjust capital charges to provide for a more risk-sensitive treatment for such instruments.