EU Financial Services Regulation: Key Events 2010/2011

Tuesday, 10 January 2012 15:41

by Graham Bishop

Understand the development of European financial markets

EU_Reg_tmbEurope’s financial system is part way through responding to a series of huge shocks. These were triggered by the US sub-prime mortgage crisis, but it soon became apparent that there were many problems that had been obscured by a long period of economic growth. These have now been forced to the surface and include the interlocking solvency of EU Member States and their banking systems. But they also include the dissatisfaction of electors and tax-payers with a financial system that has turned out to be far more risky than anyone realised, and dissatisfaction with the knowledge and ethics of some market participants.

All market participants – accountants, bankers, insurers, investors, lawyers, regulators – are likely to face demands to have a much greater understanding of their subject. This book is designed to help all students of financial regulation in the European Union, whether embarking on a career, or part-way through.

The foundation of such training is likely to include an understanding of how regulations are created and the political forces that propelled them into existence, as well as the technical compromises that had to be struck along the way. is delighted to be able to put much of our research into the development of European financial markets into formats that can be used explicitly to provide the foundation of this knowledge base. This book provides an overview of the key developments in each sector – split by months so that it is a simple read-through of progress. We record the facts of proposals and decisions, as well as the arguments that went into the final compromise. (For those who wish to continue their professional development, we offer a range of possibilities – contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .)

But all this must be set in the framework of the economic crisis that may yet derail the single market and destroy the idea of a single European economic space. So we include a chapter on the key developments in that field, as well as Graham Bishop's own writings that attempt to offer helpful analyses and suggestions to promote a greater degree of unity in Europe.


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Published January 2012
ISBN 978-1-907720-35-2
206 pages, PDF format only

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About Graham Bishop was founded in July 2000 to bring our clients the direct insights that flow from Graham’s position as a leading technical analyst of economic and structural developments in the financial markets of Europe. is engaged with the key participants in this rapidly changing environment: Investors, issuers (government and private), politicians, officials, central bankers, providers of the market infrastructure, academics, the media and other interested parties. Our contacts span the EU: at the European level, they include the Parliament, Commission and Central Bank as well as representative bodies and think tanks. In many Member States, contacts cover the same breadth of participants. Our aim is to bring our members into contact with others in these groups and, especially, the opinions that flow from participants with such different perspectives.


The proximity to the policy formation process stems from Graham’s standing with the European Commission, the European Central Bank and European Parliament. This enables us to interpret economic and political developments with authority and insight. Moreover, we have close links with many think tanks in London and Brussels and the Brussels for Breakfast meetings in many EU financial centres give a particular insight into the interaction of market participants and regulators around the EU.