From Birth to Maturity: Ten Years of Banking Union

banking union
Sala Europa - Villa Schifanoia, Via Boccaccio 121 - Florence

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The Florence School of Banking and Finance Annual Conference, co-organized this year with the Institute for European Policymaking at Bocconi University, will examine the Banking Union’s  “mature” phase against the background of the early state and goals.

This high-level event will examine the Banking Union's "mature" phase against the background of the early state and goals. Discussions will focus on the journey from the initial situation characterized by fragmented regulation, weak and opaque balance sheets, and risks of euro break-up, to the present one marked by stronger banks but incomplete Banking Union (BU), continuing fragmentation, and the rise of new challenges.

The event will cover prospects for further advancing the BU and the hurdles of working with an incomplete one. Additionally, it will address new challenges such as rising interest rate risks, the advent of digital banking, and the increased mobility of deposits. Participants will include officials involved in the construction and management of banking frameworks in Europe and overseas, banking leaders as well as researchers from Europe and elsewhere.

Scientific organisers: Ignazio Angeloni; Thorsten Beck; Daniel Gros

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The Program

Thursday 16th May 2024

12.30 - 13.20 Light lunch

13.20 - 13.30 Welcome: Erik Jones

13.30 - 14.00 Opening Speech: Vitor Constancio

14.00 - 15.30 Session 1 – The Eurozone banking framework: where do we stand?
Moderator: Waltraud Schelkle
Panelists: Elke Koenig, Lorenzo Bini Smaghi and Huw van Steenis

15.30 - 16.00 Coffee Break

16.00 - 17.00 Conversation – In retrospect: what has been achieved, what not and
why not?
Claire Jones interviews Ignazio Angeloni and Jonathan Faull

17.00 - 18.30 Session 2 – Supervision in an incomplete banking union: a trans-
Atlantic comparison
Moderator: Daniel Gros
Impulse speakers: Andrea Enria, Randall Kroszner
Followed by a panel: the impulse speakers are joined by Michala Marcussen and Nicolas

18.30 - 19.15 Cocktail

19.15 - 19.45 Dinner Speech: Martin Gruenberg

19:45 - 21.30 Dinner


Friday 17th May 2024

9.15 - 10.00 Conversation – Challenges from digital banking
Rebecca Christie interviews Cecilia Skingsley and James Freis

10.00 - 10.30 Coffee Break

10.30 - 11.45 Session 3 – Banking union: what benefits for the banking clients?
Moderator: Silke Wettach
Impulse speakers: Corrado Passera, Julia Symon
Followed by interventions from the floor

11.45 - 13.15 Concluding panel – What are the priorities going forward?
Moderator: Patrick Jenkins
Panelists: Elena Carletti, Stefan Ingves and Ljiljana Čortan

13.15 - 13:20 Concluding remarks

13:20 - 14:20 Light lunch


Ignazio Angeloni Florence School of Banking and Finance, EUI, Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE, and Institut for European Policymaking, Bocconi University

Thorsten Beck Florence School of Banking and Finance, EUI

Lorenzo Bini Smaghi Société Générale

Elena Carletti Bocconi University, Unicredit and EUI

Rebecca Christie Reuters

Vitor Constancio University of Lisbon

Ljiljana Čortan ING Group NV

Andrea Enria Financial Market Group of the London School of Economics 

Jonathan Faull Brunswick Group

James Freis Market Integrity Solutions

Daniel Gros Institute for European Policymaking, Bocconi University

Martin Gruenberg Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Stefan Ingves Swedish House of Finance and The Toronto Centre

Patrick Jenkins Financial Times

Claire Jones Financial Times

Erik Jones Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI

Elke Koenig Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE

Randall Kroszner University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Michala Marcussen Société Générale

Corrado Passera Illimity

Waltraud Schelkle EUI

Cecilia Skingsley Bank for International Settlements

Julia Symon Finance Watch

Huw van Steenis Oliver Wyman

Nicolas Veron Bruegel

Silke Wettach WirtschaftsWoche

IEP@BU does not express opinions of its own. The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors. Any errors or omissions are the responsibility of the authors.

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