E Pluribus Unum for Europe’s Bank Supervisors

The EU lacks an efficient supervisory framework for its vast financial industry, and the gap between what is needed and what exists is widening. That won't change as long as perceived national interests retain have the upper hand over the wider interests of an integrated European marketplace.

STOCKHOLM – The European Union lacks an efficient supervisory framework for its vast financial industry, and the gap between what is needed and what exists is widening.

To pave the way towards European financial integration, the Financial Services Action Plan (FSAP) was launched in 1999 with the aim of creating a regulatory framework for a single financial area. The European Commission, hoping to speed things up, published a White Paper on financial services policy covering 2005-2010.

There has been clear progress on integration, as financial institutions across Europe have begun to realize the benefits of economies of scale. Yet the industry has acted more quickly than regulators and supervisors have been able to respond.

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