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Lecture by Commissioner Mairead McGuinness: “Making finance work for citizens”

April 20, 2021 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Europe/Rome Timezone
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Women in Finance series


Lecture by Mairead McGuinness, EU Commissioner for Financial Services, Financial Stability and Capital Markets Union

Commissioner McGuiness will offer a keynote address on the occasion of the FBF Annual Lecture. This lecture represents the kick-off event of a new lecture series ‘Women in Finance’ which aims to highlight successful women across different areas of finance, public service, academia, and private sector.

“For many, the financial world feels distant and complex. As Commissioner, I want to help bridge the gap between citizens and the financial institutions that serve them. At an individual level, boosting financial literacy can help give people the knowledge they need to make sound financial decisions. That needs to be complemented by our other policies, including consumer protection. More broadly, financial regulation should keep people in mind. Developing the Capital Markets Union would allow investments and savings to flow across the EU. Our upcoming retail investment strategy will help retail investors participate in capital markets. We need to keep up with technology, putting the right regulation in place to ensure people can benefit from the latest innovations safely – including encouraging the development of innovation in retail payments. Financial markets should be a force for positive social change, particularly with regard to the environment.”


Mairead McGuinness is the European Commissioner for financial services, financial stability and Capital Markets Union. Before joining the Commission in October 2020, Ms McGuinness was First Vice-President of the European Parliament from 2017. She served as an MEP from Ireland for 16 years, and was a Vice-President of the Parliament since 2014.


Elena Carletti is Professor of Finance at Bocconi University. She is also founding director of the Florence School of Banking and Finance at the European University Institute, is a member of Board of Directors of Unicredit SpA and a member of the Advisory Scientific Committee of the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB).