Climate action Sustainable Finance Committee takes up work
The German government created a Sustainable Finance Committee on 6 June 2019. The Committee’s purpose is to advise the German government as it drafts and implements a sustainable finance strategy, as well as to pool existing expertise and foster dialogue between the relevant players.
Financial markets German Financial Stability Committee releases sixth annual report
In its meeting on 27 May 2019, the German Financial Stability Committee (G-FSC) decided to submit a recommendation to the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin). It is recommending to BaFin that the domestic countercyclical capital buffer (CCyB) be activated as from the third quarter of 2019 and lifted to 0.25%.
Former Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz has teamed up with Wopke Hoekstra and Bruno Le Maire, the finance ministers of the Netherlands and France, to launch an initiative to advance the Capital Markets Union, a step that will durably strengthen the EU internal market. The three finance ministers want to set up a high-level group of experts that will formulate specific milestones this year …
Financial markets The Fintech Council as a successful mediator between the political and the practical
On 21 March, the Fintech Council convened for the first time with its new members at the German Ministry of Finance. The Council elected Christ Bartz as its new chair and adopted a position paper on regulating financial service providers’ use of cloud computing.
Financial markets Germany contributes to global financial stability
During a recent visit to Washington, D.C., former State Secretary Wolfgang Schmidt confirmed German financial support for two thematic technical assistance funds at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The funds help IMF member countries to improve their statistics systems and to make their financial markets more resilient against crises.
Financial markets Key-issues paper on the regulatory treatment of electronic securities and crypto tokens
The Federal Ministry of Finance and the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection have jointly published a key-issues paper discussing the possible introduction of electronic securities and the regulation of public offers of certain crypto tokens. The paper forms part of efforts to strengthen Germany’s role as one of the world’s leading digital technology and fintech locations.