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 TIBER-DE enhances the security of the German financial system
The Federal Ministry of Finance and the German Bundesbank have decided to implement TIBER-DE, a new programme that will strengthen the resilience of the entire financial system to cyber attacks.
Climate action European Sustainable Finance Summit
As the European Sustainable Finance Summit gets underway, German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz and Environment Minister Svenja Schulze are calling on European companies to invest more in sustainable economic activities. The first survey, published today, on applying the EU taxonomy shows that just 2% of companies’ activities by revenue meet the taxonomy’s level of ambition for climate action and …
Financial markets Sustainable finance
The COVID-19 pandemic and climate change highlight how important the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are to economic growth and financial market stability. SDG 3 aims to ensure healthy lives for all, while SDG 13 focuses on climate action.
Financial markets Scholz welcomes IMF’s historic decision
German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz commented: “Yesterday evening we decided at the International Monetary Fund, the IMF, to increase what are known as special drawing rights by US$650bn. This is historically unprecedented. It is the right, appropriate response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The new SDRs allow the international community to create additional liquidity and thereby foster the stability …
Financial markets New measures to further enhance investor protection
The Federal Ministry of Finance and the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection have agreed on a package of measures to enhance investor protection. The measures expand the scope of BaFin’s powers for the supervision of financial products and their distribution. Capital investments are now subject to even stricter requirements.
Financial markets More “bite” for the Financial Supervisory Authority
Former German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz wants to reform the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) fundamentally to make it more flexible and effective. In particular, BaFin will be given the authority to focus more heavily on preventive action and investigate suspicious cases more swiftly and efficiently as part of financial reporting enforcement.
Financial markets Launch of the Zukunftsfonds
The German federal government is providing an additional €10 billion for an equity fund for technologies of the future (Zukunftsfonds, or “Future Fund”). The fund will primarily benefit start-ups in the growth phase with high capital requirements. Today, former Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz and Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier have tasked KfW with the execution and …
German government activates the Economic Stabilisation Fund
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.