Panel Discussion: "Towards an increased competitiveness of the EU banking sector“

28 November 2018, 19:00

In recent years, the EU has made some progress in creating a single market for banks. However, this progress has not yet been sufficient to strengthen the competitiveness of the European banking sector.

Risks in bank balance sheets still remain even years after the financial market crisis – for example with regard to non-performing loans. At the same time new competitors with innovative digital solutions are entering the European financial market.

The EU needs strong, competitive and profitable banks that can support the European economy.

What regulatory initiatives are needed to make European banks profitable?
And will the European banking sector remain competitive with regard to new digital solutions?

The Minister for Federal and European Affairs of the Federal State of Hessen Lucia Puttrich, together with the German Economic Institute and the Association of German Banks are pleased to invite to a Panel Discussion.


Welcome address

Mark Weinmeister, State Secretary for European Affairs, Federal State of Hessen

Introductory notes

  • Michael Hüther, Director, German Economic Institute
  • Christian Ossig, Chief Executive, Association of German Banks

Panel members

  • Jan Ceyssens, Member of the Cabinet of Vice President Dombrovskis, European Commission
  • Jernej Omahen, Head of European Financial Institutions Group, Global Investment Research, Goldman Sachs
  • Christian Ossig, Chief Executive, Association of German Banks
  • Michael Hüther, Director, German Economic Institute


Detlef Fechtner, Vice Editor-in-Chief, Börsenzeitung


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