SAFE and ESM Web Seminar on “Relaunching the Capital Markets Union Initiative"

20 Sep 2021 13:30 PM
20 Sep 2021 17:00 PM

The Leibniz Institute for Financial Research "Sustainable Architecture for Finance in Europe" (SAFE) and the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) will hold a high-level webinar on relaunching the EU’s capital markets union. 

The Capital Markets Union (CMU) is a plan to create a single market for capital. Initiated in 2015 but not completed yet, with the CMU, investments, and savings shall flow across the EU so that it can benefit consumers, investors and companies. A new action plan to complete CMU is essential to support the economic recovery after the pandemic and to finance the green and digital transitions of the economies. 

During the webinar, experts will look at the progress of CMU and discuss obstacles to a smooth implementation in light of the changing economic and policy environment, including Covid-19.

Program (pdf)

The key topics for discussion are:

  • Developments of CMU since inception – enhancing the opportunities for savers and users of funds, increasing their access to capital markets, regardless of where they are located, with a view on small and medium-sized enterprises.
  • Challenges for the implementation of CMU – why do EU capital markets remain fragmented and what is holding back progress to deeper capital markets integration in Europe?
  • New action plan and operational issues – gains of further capital markets integration and financing beyond banking from the view of issuers, banks, infrastructure providers, instruments, and regimes.

The seminar will bring together CMU experts, staff from international organizations, senior policy-makers and academics. Participation by invitation only. Chatham House rules apply, no verbatim or video/audio recordings.