A place where bankers meet FinTech founders (episode 4)
The ABBL begins the New Year with making one of its 2023 resolution a reality – Creating a context for accelerating digitalisation.
ESG risks – time to (re)act for the banking industry!
Climate-related and environmental (CRE) risks remain a major theme of concerns.
DAC 8: proposal for an extension of the scope of the automatic exchange of information to crypto-assets
On 8 December 2022, the European Commission released a proposal for a council Directive amending Directive 2011/16/EU on administrative cooperation in the field of taxation (hereafter “DAC 8”).
Looking back on the ABBL & ALRIM Risk Management Conference
Since 2013, the annual ABBL-ALRIM conference has been designed to provide a platform for exchanges and networking for risk managers in the financial centre
How to keep the lights on next winter: ABBL Energy savings guidelines updated
The energy crisis fed discussions during family gatherings as much as they worried European policymakers through most of last year.
A place where bankers meet FinTech founders (episode 3)
The ABBL begins the New Year with making one of its 2023 resolution a reality – Creating a context for accelerating digitalisation.
Is there a need for a new ethos in banking?
That was the question asked to Jerry Grbic, ABBL's CEO at the 2023 Banking Scene Luxembourg Conference. We asked him to come back on the main thread he exposed.
Banking package and depositary rules take major step in the European Parliament
The European Commission’s banking package is meant to transpose the latest Basel agreements into EU law as well as providing new rules on third country branches.
A place where bankers meet FinTech founders (episode 2)
The ABBL begins the New Year with making one of its 2023 resolution a reality – Creating a context for accelerating digitalisation.
New Qualified Intermediary Agreement
On 13 December 2022, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released the final 2023 Qualified Intermediary (QI) Agreement (Revenue Procedure 2022-43).
New ABBL working group to discuss insolvency matters
The ABBL has launched a new working group to discuss insolvency matters.
Meet our ABBL, ALFI, ACA European Affairs Brussels Team
In February 2022, the ABBL and the ACA signed a partnership agreement strengthening the collaboration between the two associations.
A place where bankers meet FinTech founders (episode 1)
Digital operational resilience regulation has entered into force
Increased digitalisation and interconnectedness of national economies including everyday activities can amplify ICT risk, making society as a whole, and the financial system in particular, more vulnerable to cyber threats or ICT disruptions.
ABBL Guidance on inactive accounts - Update
This guidance document is designed to help ABBL members to comply with their respective legal and regulatory obligations.
The EBA revised roadmap on Sustainable Finance is out
On 13 December last year, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published its roadmap on Sustainable Finance.
CESOP: new reporting obligations for PSPs
CESOP, a new European database, stands for Central Electronic System of Payment information and is part of the legislative package adopted by the European Commission to combat VAT fraud.
New ABBL workshop on responsible finance
At the ABBL, financial education is one of the cornerstones to our corporate social responsibility strategy. We have long been advocating for a better integration of finance in the public education system.
2 469 money mules arrested in worldwide crackdown against money laundering
Law enforcement prevented €17.5 million from being laundered by money mules in three-month action.
TNT Symposium 2022 focusing on “Human.First” - interview with Jerry Grbic
Jerry Grbic, ABBL's CEO, spoke at the TNT Symposium: Human First about the link between innovation and trust. Here's an interview about this topic, for those of you who might have missed his speech.
EBA guidelines on the use of Remote Customer Onboarding Solutions
The EBA has published guidelines on the use of remote customer onboarding solutions.
First Survey on the Luxembourg Depositary & Custodian Banking industries
In order to gain a better understanding of the Depositary and Custodian Banking sector in Luxembourg, the ABBL has launched a first national survey on these industries.
Raising public awareness of sustainable finance on RTL channels
Faced with the public’s demand to provide more information on the main concepts and issues of sustainable finance, the ABBL Foundation for Financial Education and the CSSF are joining forces as part of an awareness raising initiative on RTL channels from 22 November 2023 to May 2023.
CJEU judgment of 22 November invalidating the provision of the Anti-Money Laundering Directive
The Court of Justice of the European Union released on 22 November its judgement re. joined cases C-37/20 and the C-601/20, both involving the Luxembourg Business Register.
ESAs Call for evidence on better understanding greenwashing
On 15 November, the ESAs published a call for evidence on greenwashing to gather input from stakeholders.
Should we be worried about the ESAs’ delay in the delivery of its mandate to review the Principal Adverse impact Indicators (PAIs)?
The ESAs will not be able to meet the original deadline of 28 April 2023 for delivering its mandate to review the principal adverse impact indicators and financial product disclosures in the SFDR Delegated Regulation.
ENISA publishes its 2022 Threat Landscape
The European Union Agency for Cybersecurity, ENISA, is the Union’s agency dedicated to achieving a high common level of cybersecurity across Europe.
EU Parliament: final vote on DORA
The European Parliament has supported the Digital operational resilience act (DORA).
ESG risks – time for banks to practice what Central Banks preach
The growing importance of climate-related and environmental (CRE) risks for the banking sector calls for quick actions by financial institutions and supervisory authorities.
Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive
On 14 November 2022, the European Parliament adopted the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD).
Greenpeace Report: Findings to be reviewed
Presentation of the Greenpeace report "Climate-friendly investments - An advisory check at Luxembourg banks - Results and implications of a mystery shopping"
Instant Payments to become a “new normal”
On 26 October 2022, the European Commission has published its legislative proposal on instant payments as amendments of the SEPA regulation and Cross-border payments codification regulation.
Results of the 15th ABBL/CSSF Private Banking Survey
The ABBL Private Banking Group Luxembourg (PBGL) presented today the results of its annual Private Banking Survey for 2021 conducted in collaboration with the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF) and KPMG Luxembourg.
LuxFLAG Sustainable Investment Week 2022
On Monday 17 october, the ABBL was pleased to participate to the LuxFLAG Sustainable Investment Week 2022.
Stability of the Retail Banking Sector in 2021
In a context that continued to be marked by the aftermath of the pandemic and by a low interest rate environment, the retail banking sector in 2021 was in line with the previous year, as shown by the survey conducted jointly by the ABBL and the CSSF.
Takeaways from the Luxembourg budget 2023
On 12 October 2022, Finance Minister Yuriko Backes presented the budget bill for 2023, the last budget under the current legislature.
New transparency framework for crypto-assets and CRS amendments
The OECD has delivered on 10 October 2022 a new global tax transparency framework to provide for the exchange of information with respect to crypto-assets (CARF).
Lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic
The Economic and Social Council (ESC) has released its annual report on the country’s economic, financial and social situation.
The ABBL – Founding member of the High Committee for Digital Transformation
Faced with the challenges of interoperability in the digital sector, the Luxembourg Bankers' Association (ABBL) is taking an active part in the transversal dynamic set up by the government by participating, on 28 September, in the Constituent Assembly of the High Committee for Digital Transformation.
15th Anniversary of the Private Banking Group, Luxembourg (PBGL) of the ABBL
On 29 September 2022, the Private Banking Group, Luxembourg (PBGL) celebrated its 15th Anniversary.
Implementation of the EU DLT Pilot Regime: ABBL opinion released
On 29 September 2022, the ABBL has released its opinion on the draft law N°8055 (the “Draft Law Blockchain III”) implementing the EU Regulation 2022/858 on a pilot regime for market infrastructures based on distributed ledger technology (“DLT”).
European Digital Identity framework
The European Commission proposal published in June 2021 amends the existing eIDAS Regulation and introduces a new European Digital Identity Wallet.
The ABBL is recruiting: Adviser in Payments and Digital Banking (m/f)
The Luxembourg Bankers’ Association (ABBL) represents over 220 banks and professionals of the financial sector, promoting the sustainable development of regulated, innovative, and responsible banking services in Luxembourg
Results of a general public survey conducted in Luxembourg on sustainable finance
Given the challenges surrounding the development of sustainable finance, the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF), the Fondation ABBL pour l’éducation financière (ABBL Foundation) and the Luxembourg Sustainable Finance Initiative (LSFI) mandated ILRES to conduct a survey in order to better assess the perception and knowledge of Luxembourg households in this area.
AML/ CFT: The ABBL, the CRF and the CSSF sign a public-private partnership
In order to further strengthen their collaboration in the fight against money laundering and the financing of terrorism, the Luxembourg Bankers’ Association (ABBL), the Cellule de Renseignement Financier (CRF) and the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF) have signed a Public Private Partnership on 13 September 2022.
The ABBL is committed towards the prevention of human trafficking
On July 29, 2022, at the occasion of the United Nations World Day against Trafficking in Person, the ABBL released a leaflet (both available in English and Ukrainian).
Launch of the State-guaranteed loan scheme for the Luxembourg economy in the context of the war in Ukraine
On 27 July 2022, Finance Minister Yuriko Backes signed an agreement with representatives of the banks BCEE, BIL, BGL BNP Paribas, Banque de Luxembourg, Raiffeisen and ING, and in the presence of Guy Hoffmann, President of the ABBL, framing the State-guaranteed loan scheme set up by the law of 15 July 2022 in favour of the Luxembourg economy in the context of the war in Ukraine.
PSD2 EU Consultation - ABBL response
In May 2022, the European Commission launched a consultation on the review of Payment Services Directive. The ABBL has worked with its members on a common response.
The ABBL is committed to ensuring respect for human rights
On July 6, 2022, the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Jean Asselborn, and representatives of 50 Luxembourg companies, among which the ABBL, signed the National Pact "Business and Human Rights".
Where do Luxembourg banks stand regarding cloud computing?
ABBL and KPMG Luxembourg recently held a conference to release and discuss findings of the second edition of the survey on cloud computing adoption in the financial sector of Luxembourg.
CSSF circular on outsourcing arrangements: recap of the answers to ABBL members' questions
Following the publication of CSSF Circular 22/806 on the implementation of the European Banking Authority (EBA) guidelines on outsourcing arrangements, the ABBL and the CSSF organised a question and answer session on 8 June, which was attended by more than 800 ABBL members. Here is a summary of the answers given by the supervisor to the questions asked by the ABBL members.
Digital Euro consultation: ABBL response
In April 2022, the European Commission launched a targeted consultation on a digital euro. The objective: to gather information on the expected impacts of the digital euro on key industries, users, chambers of commerce and other stakeholders in international trade. The ABBL, which also participated in the ECB's 2021 consultation on this topic, has submitted its response to the EC and provided comments to the European Banking Federation. Here are the key points.
Banking Union, Sanctions, Basel and AML: Commissioner McGuinness faces MEPs
Mairead McGuinness joined the members of the ECON Committee for her first full hearing of 2022.
Trainee EU Affairs Adviser
If you are looking for or know someone who is looking for an internship in the field of EU affairs, this is an opportunity to be seized!
Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation gains momentum
The SFDR has been in the spotlight in recent weeks, with three notable statements and briefings published at European level.
Consultation on Open Finance: defending the financial sector's position to the European Commission
The European Commission has launched a consultation on Open Finance, for which the ABBL is working with its members to define a common position and give a better understanding of the impacts of the future implementation.
New restrictive measures against Russia and Belarus: ABBL technical note
The sixth package of restrictive measures against Russia and Belarus has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The ABBL has therefore published its technical note summarising the novelties within the five latest (EU) Council Regulations, with all relevant parts for the financial sector.
Hackathon 'Smart Banks For Life' - Want to be a mentor?
Come and coach the students of the Luxembourg Tech School, during a hackathon where they will use their ideas and energy to design the banks of the future!
Sustainable finance: latest developments and proposals
While the G7 countries recently committed to largely eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from their energy sectors by 2035, the EU is struggling to agree on an extension of the European taxonomy and its criteria to nuclear power and natural gas. The following proposals and developments will certainly keep sustainability at the heart of the debate.
CSSF Circular on Outsourcing Arrangements: What does it bring to the financial industry in Luxembourg?
Sustainable finance: new tools for disclosure
The Sustainable Finance Platform has published a new report on the Technical Selection Criteria (TSC) for the four remaining environmental objectives. While these criteria do not bind the European Commission to any decision, it is nevertheless required (Articles 12-15 of the Taxonomy Regulation) to adopt a delegated act establishing STCs for these objectives, which may follow those established by the Sustainable Finance Platform. The EC has therefore adopted, by way of a delegated regulation, the Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) on information to be disclosed by financial market participants subject to the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR).
Sharing cyber information via the ABBL: why it is critical
With increasing digitalisation, cyber threats are multiplying and do not spare the financial sector. The best weapon: sharing information about these cyber threats. Incidents, vulnerabilities, mitigation measures, prevention and detection solutions... Sharing knowledge is key to preserving the sector's cyber security.
The ABBL and its team mobilise for Ukraine
In response to the situation in Ukraine, the ABBL organised a fundraising campaign among its team and doubled the amount collected from the staff. The final sum amounts to 8420 euros, which will go to the benefit of Médecins Sans Frontières and the Luxembourg Red Cross. Thank you to the whole team for this show of solidarity!
Ukrainian refugees: what proof of identity for client onboarding purposes?
With the arrival of Ukrainian refugees in Luxembourg, the question arises for credit institutions of what identification documents to use for KYC purposes when opening a bank account for these refugees. In the absence of an ID card or passport, can the Certificate of Temporary Protection Beneficiary serve as valid proof of identity for credit institutions to perform their due diligence? And, if so, what address should be used, and what tax residence, to perform the necessary due diligence? The ABBL has asked the CSSF this question, and here is a summary of the formal response.
Exchange of views on the progress regarding the digital euro
Preferences are shifting when we talk about means of payment. The pandemic and, recently, the war on Ukraine, accelerated the digital transition and economic independence in Europe. Since January 2020, the ECB has been moving forward in its project to create a Central Bank Digital Currency – the digital euro.
Interoperability of payment systems
The EU payments market remains fragmented. While many digital payment solutions exist in Europe, most of them, if not from large non-European players, cannot be used across Europe for in-store and e-commerce payments.
Consultation on a standardised assessment for retail investors: why we think it is not a good idea
Following the EC's consultation on a standardised retail investor assessment regime, the ABBL expresses in a position paper its arguments against this new type of assessment.
The sustainable finance journey: filling the gaps
We are now at a key stage in the sustainable finance journey, where gaps are gradually being filled at three levels: 1. European taxonomy: extending the classification and scope - new challenges and opportunities are emerging, which are being analysed by the ABBL Taxonomy and Labels working group 2. Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence: Proposal for a Directive - The ABBL is collecting comments from its members and coordinating with other associations to identify concerns and suggestions to share with the Commission 3. Convergence of information frameworks and disclosure rules - what this means for transparency and harmonisation
New AML package: experts' views at the public hearing
At the joint meeting of the ECON and LIBE Committees of the European Parliament, Members of the European Parliament had a second public hearing on the new anti-money laundering legislative proposals with leading experts.
The ABBL is recruiting: a Communication Officer (m/f) – Fixed-term (CDD - 1 year)
Russia-Ukraine war: what consequences for the European banking system? The case of Sberbank Europe AG
FATF Plenary Meeting: key points
Read the key points from the plenary meeting, including an update on the list of jurisdictions with strategic AML/CFT deficiencies, as well as current and upcoming policy initiatives.
Sustainable finance - what's new?
If you were expecting that 2022 would be less intense than the past 18 months with regards to sustainable finance, the “tour d’horizon” which follows will convince you it won’t be.
Business registry reforms: coming changes
The legislator foresees to amend the Law of 13 January 2019 establishing the Beneficial Owner Register (BO Law), which will allow financial actors to potentially benefit from increased quality and accessibility of beneficial ownership information, including for due diligence purposes.
Publication of the Vertical Risk Assessment on money laundering and terrorist financing linked to legal persons and arrangements
Equivalence of UK central counterparties (CCPs) until June 2025
Central clearing is essential for financial stability: it reduces systemic risk in the financial sector and increases market transparency.
CMU action 7 – Empowering citizens through financial literacy, what’s new?
As part of the CMU action plan published in September 2020, the European Commission committed to work on a joint EU/OECD financial competence frameworks for adults and youth.
Digital Onboarding & Electronic Signature Survey
SEPA Payment Account Access (SPAA)
The European Payments Council (EPC) has taken on the role of scheme manager for the SEPA API Access scheme in relation to payment accounts.
Directive on credit services providers and credit purchasers: opportunities for banks
Directive 2021/2167 of 24 November 2021 on credit servicers and credit purchasers was finally published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 8 December 2021. This directive aims to create a secondary market for non-performing loans (NPLs), so that banks can deal with them on their balance sheets and thus reduce the risk of future NPL accumulation.
Sustainable finance: latest developments and ABBL's scope of action
In this new article by Julien Froumouth, Sustainable Finance Adviser at the ABBL, find out about the latest green waves in sustainable finance.
#ImpfeWierkt: Joint campaign on vaccination
European Single Access Point (ESAP)
In the context of fragmented and complex access to financial-related information, of the need to create new investment opportunities for investors and of building ESG-based data at EU level, the European Commission has made a proposal to address the identified shortcomings. Last month, the Commission adopted a package of legislative proposals on a familiar project– the Capital Markets Union (CMU). One of the legislative blocs adopted in the context of CMU package was the European Single Access Point (ESAP).
Capital Markets Union progress
Following up on its 2020 Capital Markets Union Action Plan, last week the European Commission published a further CMU package consisting mostly of legislative proposals reviewing the AIFMD and ELTIF regulation as well as modifications to MiFID/R and the creation of a European Single Access Point for market data. Given the importance of investment funds and depositary banking for the local financial centre, this article focuses primarily on the AIFMD and ELTIF revisions.
The banker 2.0: what challenges for professional training?
We are witnessing a global shift in skills: according to several converging studies, around 10% to 20% of jobs are threatened with disappearance by the automation of tasks brought about by robotisation or digital technology. At least as many will be created, and 50% will be profoundly transformed in the next ten years. The same is true in the banking sector, where, as the world changes, jobs adapt and transform.
COP26: The banks' path to a 1.5°C target
The long-awaited COP26 ended with the adoption of the Glasgow Climate Pact, which calls on national governments to step up their respective contributions in 2022, providing a narrow window of opportunity to limit global warming to 1.5°C. The financial sector was also in the spotlight at COP26, with three highlights.
Remuneration policies: key points
With the transposition of the Capital Requirements Directive (CRD5) expected by the end of this year, the ABBL organised a conference on 15 November on the impact of the directive on remuneration policies. Experts from the ABBL were joined by panelists from the CSSF, Allen & Overy and KPMG.
Request to pay: strategic and technical aspects
Request to Pay is a messaging functionality whereby a payee can initiate a payment request to the payer, who receives a message with the requested amount and due date. Request to Pay solutions are evolving, and changes to the SEPA Request to Pay (SRTP) Rulebook of the European Payments Council (EPC) are planned. These changes are expected to be published in November 2021, with implementation in 2022.
Capital requirements : Basel III and more
It was finalised in December 2017, but when the Basel agreement took its first milestone in the transposition into EU law last week (27 October 2021), it was already a year behind the original schedule. Indeed, COVID is the culprit as many readers would have guessed.
MIFID II Recast: practical implementation summary
The MIFID Directive is undergoing a major overhaul, in two steps: Step 1: A quick fix initiative with (smaller) changes related to COVID-19 Step 2: A broader recast which is currently being planned by the European Commission. The ABBL and Arendt & Medernach jointly organised a webinar on this topic, in order to discuss the background of the regulatory change and to provide a practitioner’s perspective.
Open banking: where do we stand?
The last ABBL FinTech and Innovation Forum, which brings together ABBL members and innovative solution providers, focused on open banking. This term, which emerged during the drafting of the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2), refers to an open banking system, allowing the sharing of customer financial information and data held by the bank with third parties through application programming interfaces (APIs). This data sharing allows FinTechs to offer additional services for the benefit of account users.
Quantum computing: how to prepare?
Quantum computing will profoundly transform many sectors, including banking and payments. This implies many challenges, especially in terms of security: public key algorithms can be easily broken by a sufficiently powerful quantum computer, and hackers are probably busy preparing for the future by collecting encrypted data.
Taxation - further details agreed on a Two-Pillar reform of international tax rules
On 8 October 2021, 136 countries and jurisdictions, including all OECD and G20 countries and all EU Member States, agreed to the final framework for a Two-Pillar Solution to Address the Tax Challenges Arising from the Digitalisation of the Economy.
EBA 2022 Work Programme
October is traditionally work programme season for the EU institutions and agencies. After ESMA earlier this month, the European Banking Authority (EBA) last week released its Annual Work Programme for the upcoming year. The programme is structured through vertical and horizontal priorities, that will guide the further work of the organisation.
Launch of European Cyber Security Month: raising awareness of cyber threats
The month of October marks European Cyber Security Month across the European Union, through an awareness-raising campaign organised by the European Cyber Security Agency (ENISA), the European Commission and the Member States, including the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Under the slogan Think Before You Click – #ThinkB4UClick, the campaign illustrates, through real-life stories, animated clips and infographics, both pitfalls and good practices for our online activities.
Marilyn Rinck joins the ABBL as Financial Markets Adviser
Marilyn Rinck joined the ABBL in October 2021 as Financial Markets Adviser, where she will support members by contributing to technical work in relation to the depositary and custody banking industry in Luxembourg.
European Sustainable Development Week: the ABBL and its members commit daily to a more sustainable future
Verena Ross, the new Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)
Verena Ross has been appointed as the new Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). After months of deadlock in the Council on the selection of the next ESMA Chair, Verena Ross has finally triumphed. Other candidates for the post were Portuguese Maria Luis Albuquerque, former Finance Minister of Portugal, and Italian Carmine di Noia, Commissioner of CONSOB (Commissione Nazionale per le Società e la Borsa). Carmine di Noia was the main rival in the race and the blockage in the Council was mainly due to what appeared to be differences between the German and Italian leaning groups of Member States.
De-risking: the limits of AML/CFT rules on financial inclusion?
The legal framework for combating money laundering and terrorist financing may eventually lead to a decision by financial actors to de-risk. This observation follows recent concerns at the European level, including those raised by the European Banking Authority regarding de-risking practices in three position papers published in March 2021, as well as the launch by the FATF of a new project in February 2021 to study the unintended consequences of incorrect implementation of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) standards.
Ech kann dat och: online banking for all, focus on senior citizens
Given the rapidly changing financial sector, the Ministry of Consumer Protection proposed to initiate an e-banking training programme in collaboration with the CSSF and the Fondation ABBL pour l’éducation financière. This initiative was all the more relevant as the ABBL was informed by the retail banks of the obstacles faced by senior citizens in using online platforms. While bank agents are attentive to their older customers and provide them with guidance on how to use their online platform, a dedicated online banking course was still missing.
Galina Miroshnichenko joins the ABBL as Digital Banking and Payments Adviser
The digital transformation of our society is accelerating, and payment services are playing an increasingly important role, directly enabling this evolution. The role of the ABBL is to help its members address the challenges related to the urgent need for digital development and innovation, in order to be competitive, while ensuring compliance with complex regulations. The ABBL Payments Cluster provides a unique collaboration between stakeholders, allowing for discussion, experience sharing and exchange on key issues.
The EU draft AML package : an attempt at further harmonisation in Europe
While the legislative proposals aim to harmonise certain fundamental principles of the current AML/CFT framework, they also seek to address the shortcomings identified in recent years, notably by strengthening communication and coordination between the private sector and public authorities. To this end, the European Commission has chosen a directly applicable European regulation to govern certain key AML/CFT professional obligations for all obliged entities in the European Union.
Post-COVID: Reminder of the current rules
In order to support its members in this post-COVID period, ABBL legal experts have made an inventory of the rules in force.
Results of the ABBL/CSSF Retail and Private Banking Surveys 2021
The ABBL has just received the results of our annual Retail Banking Survey and our Private Banking Survey, collecting information from our members active in those sectors, in collaboration with the CSSF. As always, these surveys provide a unique insight into the health of the banking sector in Luxembourg.
Digitalisation of the economy and taxation: towards international tax reform
More than 130 countries and jurisdictions have endorsed the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Declaration of 1 July 2021 on a two-pillar reform plan to address the tax challenges raised by the digitalisation of the economy and the globalisation process.
Revision of the Consumer Credit Directive
On 30 June 2021, the European Commission (EC) adopted a proposal for the revision of the Consumer Credit Directive. The latter was adopted in 2008 and, after several reports on its implementation over the last years, the EC has decided to adapt this piece of legislation to the digital transformations and the new market players, but also to the more recent EU legislation such as the GDPR and the Mortgage Credit Directive.
The Luxembourg Tech School Hackathon: and the winners are...
High school students from the Luxembourg Tech School (LTS) joined forces in a hackathon to get older people on board with digitalisation.
Climate and ESG risks: the next big challenge for the banking sector
Climate and environmental risks could lead to significant financial losses and, as with other types of risk, need to be integrated into banks’ risk management.
Conference on post-crisis teleworking: key take-aways
At last week’s post-Covid teleworking conference, renowned local experts shared their knowledge in their field with ABBL members.
The Cost of Regulation: 2020 ABBL and EY study
The ABBL and EY have just published a study on the Cost of Regulation. The main conclusions of this study, covering about ten different regulations, are:
What the Commission has in store for the banks by the end of the year
Crisis management and depositary insurance, AIFMD review, supervisory convergence… Over the last few months, the European Commission has been busy with quite a number of consultations, conferences with stakeholders and the like. The ABBL and its members have been putting in extra hours to produce quality input and help the legislator tackle sometimes complex issues.
End-of-year fund inventory process: practical guide ABBL
At the end of the fund’s financial year, fund depositaries are required to provide a complete inventory statement of assets. This obligation, defined in CSSF circulars 16/644 and 18/697, comes in addition to the requirements of the 2010 Law and the AIFMD Framework, as well as the Luxembourg audit confirmation process, whereby the fund’s auditors request certain information directly from the fund’s depositary.
Signature of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement for banks
In excellent news for the banking sector, the Collective Bargaining Agreement was signed on Thursday 10 June. It will cover the years 2021 to 2023. The negotiations succeeded in taking into account the interests of all parties, resulting in an agreement beneficial to both the enterprises in the banking sector and their employees.
Towards an EU digital identity wallet for all
On 3 June, the European Commission proposed a framework for a European Digital Identity which will be available to all EU citizens, residents, and businesses in the EU. The Commission builds on the existing cross-border legal framework for trusted digital identities, the European electronic identification and trust services initiative (eIDAS Regulation). Adopted in 2014, it provides the basis for cross-border electronic identification, authentication and website certification within the EU.
Consultation on EU supervisory convergence and the single rulebook
As part of the Capital Markets Union (CMU) Action Plan, the European Commission has launched a consultation on the supervisory convergence and the single rulebook. In this article, we present the background to this consultation, as well as our detailed position as the ABBL on the most important aspects.
EBF recommendations for a fairer and more efficient European tax framework
On 20 May 2021, the European Banking Federation (EBF) published an action plan for a fairer and more efficient European tax framework. The report, which follows the European Commission’s Communication on Business Taxation in the 21st Century, contains 10 concrete policy recommendations around the following four pillars:
Diversity Awards honours Fondation ABBL pour l'éducation financière for the Zuumer Academy
Focus on EU diversity policies
As the European Commission has launched a European Diversity month on 3 May, the ABBL Brussels office thought it would be a good opportunity to look at what the EU and in particular the European Commission is doing in that respect.
An EU retail investment strategy – What's on the cards?
As part of its Capital Markets Union action plan (CMU), the European Commission wants to develop policies to increase retail investors participation in EU capital markets. The Commission is working on several policies to reach this goal and will publish a retail investment strategy for the first half of 2022. On 11 May, the European Commission published a public consultation to gather views and evidence from stakeholders to shape its policies. The Commission is focusing on the legal framework for retail investment, in particular UCITS, PRIIPs, MiFID II, IDD, PEPP and Solvency II, and wants to find out whether it is coherent, is it adapted to the profile and needs of retail investors?
The rocky relationship between FinTechs and Banks: what are the challenges?
The world of FinTechs in Luxembourg has seen robust development over the last few years. Since the discovery of the “FinTech” concept by the public at large and the first inventory of the market carried out by Luxembourg for Finance (LFF) in 2015, Luxembourg has gradually become home to more than 200 FinTechs (including RegTechs, InsureTechs, firms adopting distributed ledger technology – DLT, and the ones related to crypto assets), which now form what can be called an ecosystem.
Secondary market for non-performing loans (NPLs): a directive in the near future?
The draft Directive on the secondary market for non-performing loans (NPLs) aims to develop a secondary market for credit agreements initially issued by banks and qualified as non-performing.
The make or break moment for sustainable finance
Last week was an exciting one for sustainable finance, starting on Wednesday with the adoption of the EU Climate Law by the Council and the European Parliament. This law turns the objectives of the European Green Deal into legal obligations: by 2030, the EU’s net greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced by at least 55% compared to 1990 levels, and by 2050 the EU must reach climate neutrality.
eID or Electronic Identification: a major opportunity for banks
Electronic Identification (eID) offers numerous possibilities, as shown in the following scenario: as a bank based in Luxembourg, a customer wants to use your portfolio management services. Using the customer’s digital identity, you as a bank are able to verify the customer’s identity and perform all due diligence checks. You then send and receive the contract signed electronically by the customer and yourself.
ABBL 2020 Annual Report
The ABBL 2020 Annual Report provides a detailed overview of our priorities and activities over the last year, and a look forward to the year ahead.
Digital finance package in the European Parliament: innovation and challenges
On 14 April the ECON Committee met for a joint debate on the digital finance package. During the debate, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) discussed the three draft reports prepared by rapporteurs on the pilot regime for market infrastructures based on distributed ledger technology (DLT), Markets in Crypto-assets (MiCA) and Digital operational resilience for the financial sector (DORA). The discussion focused on issues like the lack of clear definitions, fragmented supervision in the EU, the environmental impact of crypto currencies and their link to illegal activities.
Prepping the future : a pilot regime for market infrastructures based on DLT
The EC proposal 2020/0267 (COD) on a pilot regime for market infrastructures based on distributed ledger technology introduces the possibility for certain types of EU financial market participants to operate a market infrastructure (MI) based on distributed ledger technology (DLT) with clear and uniform requirements. The aim of the European Commission is to remove regulatory hurdles to issuance, trading and post-trading of financial instruments in crypto-asset form. The proposed text provides for a so-called “pilot regime” for interested stakeholders to gain experience on the use of DLT for MIs, by making use of temporary derogations from existing rules.