The 20th European Financial Services Conference - Investing in Europe’s Recovery and Future

21 February 2022

25 January 2022 marked the 20th edition of the European Financial Services Conference. 

Barclays, Generali and Kreab - in partnership with BNP Paribas Fortis and Nexi - hosted this year's conference, bringing together 400+ delegates online to explore the vision for the next generation European financial system.

Read the executive summary or catch up on the session replays and speaker interviews on the event website

Discussions included an opening keynote interview with Verena Ross, Chair of ESMA, and three panels focusing on priorities in redefining Europe’s financial services systems; sustainable and digital finance initiatives; a review of post global financial crisis reforms and recovery-oriented policies; maximising Europe’s attractiveness for global sustainable investment and much more.

Session 1, a fireside chat on ‘New ambitions, new visions – redefining Europe’s financial services systems’, brought together Francesco Ceccato, CEO, Barclays Europe, Santo Borsellino, Chairman of the Board, Generali Insurance Asset Management and Alexandra Jour-Schroeder, Deputy Director-General, DG FISMA, European Commission’ for a discussion moderated by Robert Priester, Chief European Representative, Institute of International Finance. 

Session 2 ‘From ideas to delivery – turning principles into real life benefits for Europeans’ included the following speakers: Petra Hielkema, Chairperson, EIOPA, William De Vijlder, Group Chief Economist, BNP Paribas Fortis, Markus Ferber, Member, European Parliament and William Wright, Managing Director, New Financial and moderator Ida Levine, Principal, Two Rivers Associates Limited; Board member and Lead Expert on Policy, Impact Investing Institute.

The final panel discussion titled ‘The digital single market for financial services – regulating services rather than institutionswas moderated by Nicolas Véron, Senior Fellow, Bruegel / The Peterson Institute for International Economics. A video contribution was sent by Stéphanie Yon-Courtin, Member, European Parliament ahead of the conversation with José Manuel Campa, Chairperson, European Banking Authority, Morten Linnemann Bech, Centre Head - Switzerland, BIS Innovation Hub, Roberto Catanzaro, Group Chief Strategy & Transformation Officer, NEXI and Faryar Shirzad, Chief Policy Officer, Coinbase.

Relive the best bits from The 20th European Financial Services Conference by watching the highlights video

Watch this space for further details on what's to come with a smaller networking event planned in Brussels in June this year to mark the 20th anniversary of the European Financial Services Conference, and the hoped-for return to a fully in-person event in 2023.