Call for evidence on Digital Finance

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Type of event
Digital Finance and Innovation

Technological innovation is transforming financial services at an unprecedent speed, by facilitating new business models and services and the entrance of new market participants. Covid-19 is accelerating this shift and the digitalisation of financial services. These changes bring a host of opportunities, including the prospect of better financial services for businesses and consumers and greater financial inclusion. Yet, they raise challenges as well, as they can contribute to introduce or exacerbate new risks. Also, the existing regulatory and supervisory framework may not fully capture and address these new developments.

In September 2020, the European Commission (EC) published a digital finance package with the aim to embrace digital finance in the EU. Following on the package, in February 2021, the EC set out a request for technical advice to the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) on three main issues, namely (i) the growing fragmentation of value chains in finance, (ii) digital platforms and (iii) groups combining financial and non-financial activities. In particular, the ESAs are requested to assess the regulatory and supervisory challenges brought by these developments and the way in which they could be addressed. ESMA is seeking feedback from external stakeholders to inform its work on the matter.

Next Steps

ESMA will consider the information received through this call for evidence when drafting its response to the EC. ESMA, together with the other ESAs, need to deliver a report to the EC by 31 January 2022. The technical advice received from the ESAs will not prejudge the EC's decisions in any way.

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Others APT
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Asset Management AFG
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Issuers Deutsches Aktieninstitut
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Regulated markets FESE
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Investment Services ANASF
  • 120418
Exchanges and Trading Systems Aquis Exchange
  • 120419
Banking Finance Denmark
  • 120420
Banking Association of German Public Banks
  • 120421
Banking Italian Banking Association
  • 120425
Regulated markets, exchanges & trading systems Deutsche Börse Group (DBG)
  • 120439
Asset Management European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA)
  • 120445
  • 120447
Asset Management Assogestioni
  • 120448
Central Securities Depository (CSD) ECSDA
  • 120449
  • 120450
Exchanges and Trading Systems Börse Stuttgart
  • 120453
Banking DekaBank
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Others BIPAR
  • 120458
Banking AFME
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Asset Management BVI
  • 120466
Exchanges and Trading Systems Euronext
  • 120468
Insurance and Pension Insurance Europe
  • 120557
Regulated markets ID2S
  • 120558