General Information & Client Service
  • Americas: +1.212.553.1653
  • Asia: +852.3551.3077
  • China: +86.10.6319.6580
  • EMEA: +44.20.7772.5454
  • Japan: +81.3.5408.4100
Media Relations
  • New York: +1.212.553.0376
  • London: +44.20.7772.5456
  • Hong Kong: +852.3758.1350
  • Tokyo: +813.5408.4110
  • Sydney: +61.2.9270.8141
  • Mexico City: +001.888.779.5833
  • Buenos Aires: +0800.666.3506
  • São Paulo: +0800.891.2518
February 12, 2019

European Parliament published a briefing that outlines the current and upcoming fintech-related laws at the EU level. It follows on from a March 2017 EPRS briefing that focused, inter alia, on the evolution, scope, and economic prospects of fintech. The report covers regulatory activities toward the implementation of the fintech-related plans of the European regulatory authorities, including the areas of payments services, consumer and data protection, insurtech, virtual currencies, and supervision of regulatory sandboxes.

Twenty-one EU member states and three European Economic Area countries currently have innovation hubs, while only five member states (Denmark, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, and the UK) have fully operational regulatory sandboxes. Based on a report from ESAs, EC is expected to present a report with best practices for regulatory sandboxes in the first quarter of 2019. EC is also monitoring the development of crypto-assets and initial coin offerings with the ESAs. Based on an assessment of risks, opportunities, and the suitability of the applicable regulatory framework, EC will assess whether regulatory action at the EU level is required. Regarding payment services, EC (along with market players) is aiming to develop, by mid-2019, standardized application programming interfaces that are compliant with the PSD II and the GDPR as a basis for a European open banking eco-system, covering payment and other accounts. 

The report also mentions that, following up on an EC report from June 2017, in December 2017, European legislators agreed to extend the scope of the Anti-money-laundering Directive to virtual currency exchanges and wallet providers. Member states must bring the laws, regulations, and administrative provisions necessary to comply with this directive into force by January 10, 2020. Overall, the report states that, in EU, attention is being paid to the contribution that fintech could make to increasing efficiency, strengthening financial integration, and enhancing the role of EU in financial services. The report emphasizes the pressing need for safe and effective common rules supporting innovation and protecting consumers. Indeed, in EU, areas remain where member states can choose to apply individualized or less strict rules at national level (for example, peer-to-peer lending and virtual currencies). This can result in a fragmented environment, which may prevent businesses from expanding across borders. It can also lead to an uneven playing field and arbitrage opportunities that incentivize companies to obtain permits in less restrictive jurisdictions in an effort to minimize red tape while operating internationally. 

The financial technology, or fintech, sector encompasses firms that use technology-based systems, either to provide financial services and products directly or to make the financial system more efficient. Fintech is a rapidly growing sector: in the first half of 2018, investment in fintech companies in Europe alone reached USD 26 billion. The fintech sector brings rewards including innovation and job creation, but also challenges, such as data and consumer protection issues, and the risk of exacerbating financial volatility or cybercrime. To tackle these multi-disciplinary challenges, policy- and lawmakers in EU have adopted and announced several initiatives, for instance, on intra-EU payment services, data protection, crowdfunding, and regulatory sandboxes. 

Related Links

Keywords: Europe, EU, Banking, Regtech, Fintech, Regulatory Sandbox, Insurtech, Virtual Currencies, European Parliament

Related Articles

HKMA Decides to Maintain Countercyclical Capital Buffer at 2.5%

HKMA announced that, in accordance with the Banking (Capital) Rules, the countercyclical capital buffer (CCyB) ratio for Hong Kong remains at 2.5%.

April 16, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News

EP Approves Agreement on Package of CRD 5, CRR 2, BRRD 2, and SRMR 2

The European Parliament (EP) approved the final agreement on a package of reforms proposed by EC to strengthen the resilience and resolvability of European banks.

April 16, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News

FDIC Consults on Approach to Resolution Planning for IDIs

FDIC approved an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) and is seeking comment on ways to tailor and improve its rule requiring certain insured depository institutions (IDIs) to submit resolution plans.

April 16, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News

EP Resolution on Proposal for Sovereign Bond Backed Securities

The European Parliament (EP) published adopted text on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on sovereign bond-backed securities (SBBS).

April 16, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News

PRA Seeks Input and Issues Specifications for Insurance Stress Tests

PRA announced that it will conduct an insurance stress test for the largest regulated life and general insurers from July to September 2019.

April 15, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News

PRA Finalizes Policy on Approach to Managing Climate Change Risks

PRA published the policy statement PS11/19, which contains final supervisory statement (SS3/19) on enhancing banks’ and insurers’ approaches to managing the financial risks from climate change (Appendix).

April 15, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News

EBA Single Rulebook Q&A: First Update for April 2019

EBA published answers to nine questions under the Single Rulebook question and answer (Q&A) updates for this week.

April 12, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News

EIOPA Statement on Application of Proportionality in SCR Supervision

EIOPA published a supervisory statement on the application of proportionality principle in the supervision of the Solvency Capital Requirement (SCR) calculated in accordance with the standard formula.

April 11, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News

FED Updates Form and Supplemental Instructions for FR Y-9C Reporting

FED updated the form and supplemental instructions for FR Y-9C reporting. FR Y-9C is used to collect data from domestic bank holding companies, savings and loan holding companies, U.S intermediate holding companies, and securities holding companies with total consolidated assets of USD 3 billion or more.

April 11, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News

OSFI Finalizes Guidelines on Liquidity Adequacy and NSFR Disclosures

OSFI published the final Liquidity Adequacy Requirements (LAR) guideline and the net stable funding ratio (NSFR) disclosure requirements guideline.

April 11, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
RESULTS 1 - 10 OF 2920