Upcoming Event


Fintech and the digital transformation of banking

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FinTech is changing the financial sector. What are the challenges associated with this and what policies should we adopt in response?

June 20, 2017, 12:00 pm Bruegel, Rue de la Charité 33, 1210 Brussels Public | On the Record Livestreamed Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy

We are currently going through one of the biggest transformations in financial history. New technologies enable new forms of financial transactions that have a big impact on the whole financial sector. At this event we will discuss how FinTech disrupts the financial sector and assess the proposed regulatory measures as well as their potential impact on the financial industry. Specific topics and questions to be addressed are:

  • How has Fintech affected the design and delivery of financial services?
  • What are the associated concerns and how should they be addressed under an EU-wide framework?
  • How do FinTech developments contribute to the competitiveness of the European economy?
  • What are the associated challenges for banks?
  • What policy measures should we adopt in order to protect and provide a secure environment for the growth of FinTech start-ups?
  • What are the most effective and efficient online payment rules?
  • How can we achieve digital interoperability in the financial sector?
  • What will be the impact of Brexit on the future of the EU financial industry?

We are currently only accepting registrations from members. Registrations to the public will open on 24 May.

This event will be livestreamed on this page starting at 13.00 CET. There is no need to register for the livestream.


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Jun 20, 2017


Check-in and lunch


Panel discussion

Ezequiel Szafir, CEO of the digital bank of Grupo Santander

Pēteris Zilgalvis, Head of Unit for Startups and Innovation in the Digital Single Market Directorate,DG CONNECT

Cora van Niewenhuizen, Member of the European Parliament

Additional speaker to be confirmed






Cora van Niewenhuizen

Member of the European Parliament


Georgios Petropoulos

Research Fellow


Ezequiel Szafir

CEO of the digital bank of Grupo Santander


Pēteris Zilgalvis

Head of Unit for Startups and Innovation in the Digital Single Market Directorate,DG CONNECT

Location & Contact

Bruegel, Rue de la Charité 33, 1210 Brussels

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