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Friday, 18th December 2015

Relaunching the European Retail Finance Market: Comments on the Commission's Green Paper

Source: Centre for European Policy Studies

The Commission’s Green Paper on retail financial services provides valuable insights into the possible benefits of a single market, as well as the obstacles to its development and the possible remedies. While this could have a positive impact on both consumers and providers, it is also important to highlight that a greater diversity of products within countries could contribute to more effective macroeconomic policies at European level. The development of such a single market for Europe where consumers can confidently purchase more profitable financial products abroad necessitates the establishment of a European body along the lines of the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), or at least the establishment of closer European supervisory cooperation and enforcement. A framework for the digitalisation of financial services should not only focus on mitigating specific types of risk, such as cyber insecurity, lack of privacy and financial exclusion, but it should also continue to maintain a “space of creation” for innovative financial firms.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

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