The European Investment Bank will stop loaning to fossil fuel projects at the end of 2021 to fight climate change. "We will launch the most ambitious climate investment strategy of any public financial institution anywhere," President Werner Hoyer says.
The European Commission is seeking legal action against the UK for breaching its EU Treaty obligations by failing to nominate a representative to the new commission that is to be formally seated on Dec. 1. The British government responded that "pre-election guidance states the UK should not normally make nominations for international appointments during this period."
German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz is optimistic the EU can reach an in-principle agreement on a banking union this year. "The time of the new presidency and the new commission of the European Union is the time to get all the necessary agreements and to start with the work on that question," Scholz says.
The main Spanish stock index has fallen 2.3% this week as investors worry about the possible impact of a Socialist-Podemos coalition government on the nation's finances and the banking sector. "Podemos is a radical left party that's not well known by investors, and that has triggered fears about what ... a coalition government with the Socialists would do in terms of economic policies [and] public spending," Natixis economist Jesus Castillo says.
Firms acknowledge the EU's revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive has improved transparency and has benefited investors, but they say the industry has experienced negative consequences. MiFID II has caused a pendulum swing to asset users from providers, but "the pendulum should swing back towards the centre following increased reviews and regulatory adjustments", says Douglas Aronstein, head of North American execution sales at Kepler Cheuvreux.
UBS is developing a platform that uses natural-language processing and other machine learning to support its know-your-customer and anti-money laundering activities.
There is confusion and uncertainty in digital asset regulations and European national regulators need to establish a more coherent approach, according to a study by the Association for Financial Markets in Europe. The group has recommended establishing a single taxonomy of terms for digital assets and an "activities-based and technology agnostic" approach to regulation.
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