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About the event

The Association for Financial Markets in Europe and the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum are pleased to announce their fourth Annual European Financial Integration Conference in May 2024.

AFME and OMFIF are joining forces again to bring their expertise in European capital markets, financial regulation, and economic and monetary policy for the 4th Annual European Financial Integration Conference.

Taking place in the financial centre of Frankfurt, this conference will bring together leading policy makers and opinion-formers, as well as influential members of the regulatory and business community, for a day of thought-provoking content and discussion.

Set against the backdrop of a persisting political and economic challenges and a crucial phase in the process leading to the EU institutional changeover and definition of the main priorities for the new policy and legislative cycle, this year’s meeting will assess the state of Eurozone financial integration and the role it can play in addressing the key policy challenges. The future shape of the regulatory framework needed for a stronger banking sector, and key policy issues for fostering well-developed, integrated, and competitive capital markets, will be the central focus of the discussions. Key issues will also include the role technological innovation and digitalisation can play in the journey towards greater financial integration.

*This event is free to attend and spaces are limited to two per organisation. All registrations are subject to AFME approval.

To discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact Cheryl Chickowski at [email protected] or on +44 (0)7824 874 391.

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Who attends?

  • Senior banking and capital market professionals
  • Supervisory authorities
  • EU policy makers
  • Consultancies and advisories
  • Law firms
  • Think tanks
  • Other financial services and infrastructure representatives

Why attend?

  • Meet influential policy-makers, regulators and business leaders
  • Build contacts through streamlined networking
  • Hear from leading industry experts
  • Join the debate in 7 hours of high-level content
  • Showcase solutions in the sponsor booths

Registration enquiries

For registration enquiries, please contact Events on [email protected] for assistance.

Agenda

08:00
Registration and networking
08:45
Welcome remarks
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08:55
Opening address
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09:10
Keynote address
Speaker:
Margarita Delgado,
Deputy Governor, Bank of Spain
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09:35
Keynote address
Jens Weidmann,
Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Commerzbank
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10:00
Panel discussion: Macroeconomic Outlook – Are divergences threatening a “soft landing” scenario?
  • Divergences and fragmentation vs convergences and integration : which trends will prevail?
  • Resilience to shocks: remarkable so far, but threatened by a slow recovery?
  • The unprecedented tightening of monetary conditions: will a “soft landing” scenario (lower inflation + no major downturn) be achieved?
  • Are monetary and fiscal policies pulling in the same direction? Do lower growth, higher-for-longer rates, and reduced fiscal space push for structural reforms? Impacts on financial stability and integration.
  • What are the main emerging and potential risks? What are the emerging financial stability risks and what role NBFI plays?
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11:00
Networking break
11:25
Keynote address
Speaker:
Jörg Kukies,
State Secretary in the Federal Chancellery, Federal Chancellery
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11:50
Panel discussion: Can technology and Financial Innovation improve European Financial Integration?
  • What are the trends in technological transformation and how can they help reduce fragmentation?
  • Is DLT technology leading to a new financial ecosystem? Which use cases are being deployed in capital markets and what is the impact of the lack of standardisation?
  • Wholesale CBDCs – What progress has been made? Is this an essential building block for digitalisation or alternative options could be considered?
Speakers:
Gerry Cross,
Director Financial Regulation – Policy and Risk, Central Bank of Ireland
Peter Kerstens,
Advisor, European Commission DG FISMA
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12:50
Networking Lunch
13:50
An audience with…
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14:15
Panel discussion: Achieving Integration, Competitiveness and Sustainability: Priorities for the new EU legislative cycle
  • How to enhance the competitiveness of the EU financial system? Priorities from the real economy perspective.
  • How to build a more holistic approach to policy making?
  • Is the work towards the Sustainable Finance framework achieving its objectives? Ensuring effective allocation of resources towards the green transition
Moderator:
Sabine Dittrich,
Head of EU Financial Regulation, Slaughter and May
Speaker:
Alexandra Jour-Schröder,
Deputy Director General, European Commission
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15:15
Networking break
15:45
Panel discussion: The next phase of CMU: Incremental vs transformational: what should be the focus in the short term and what are the long term objectives?
  • What initiatives could be promoted at Member State level and how to leverage on those to promote European scale and integration?
  • Is new momentum building up? The foundations built so far and the discussions in the context of the Eurogroup, Draghi Report on competitiveness, Letta Report on Single Market
Speaker:
Thomas Wieser,
Bruegel
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16:45
Closing fireside discussion
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17:15
Closing remarks
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17:20
End of conference and drinks reception

Keynote Speakers

Jens Weidmann

Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Commerzbank

Jörg Kukies

State Secretary in the Federal Chancellery, Federal Chancellery

Lorenzo Bini Smaghi

Chairman,

Société Générale

Margarita Delgado

Deputy Governor,

Bank of Spain

Other Speakers

Alexandra Jour-Schröder

Deputy Director General, European Commission

Björn Storim

Chief Executive Officer, The Bank of New York Mellon SA/NV

Gerry Cross

Director Financial Regulation – Policy and Risk, Central Bank of Ireland

Peter Kerstens

Advisor, European Commission DG FISMA

Sabine Dittrich

Head of EU Financial Regulation, Slaughter and May

Thomas Wieser

Bruegel