The European Banking Federation held its 2019 European Banking Summit on 2 and 3 October in Brussels under the title ‘BUILDING A POSITIVE FUTURE FOR EUROPE'. The summit was the EBF’s flagship annual high-level conference.
This year, the approximately 300 delegates had a chance to hear a range of views on all key aspects facing the banking sector, including the low levels of profitability, anti money-laundering, sustainable finance, innovation in payments and financial services, and upcoming changes in EU financial regulation.

In addition to EBF President and Unicredit CEO Jean Pierre Mustier, the list of confirmed speakers included Dr Elke König, Chair of the Single Resolution Board; Randal Quarles, Chair of the Financial Stability Board and Governor and Vice Chair for Supervision, U.S. Federal Reserve System; Frank Elderson, Executive Director of the Dutch central bank and Chair of the Network for Greening the Financial System; José Manuel Campa, Chair of the European Banking Authority; as well as DG FISMA directors Mario Nava and Martin Merlin of the European Commission. Tje Summit was attended by Chairman of Supervisory Board of UBBiH, Boško Mekinjić.
The two-day summit programme included discussions and expert panels on the use of technology to fight financial crime, on open data in financial services, on innovation for responsible banking, and will conclude with a high-level panel looking ahead to the next five years in European banking.
Mr.Wim Mijs, Chief Executive Officer of the EBF stated:
“Banks are all about serving society with sound and stable financing for households and businesses. To properly run their own business, banks need to be profitable and sustainable. In a bank-financed economy like Europe this is important to understand. Dialogue – especially with those who have a different perspective – can foster that understanding.
“The people in our industry in Europe are all keen to build a positive future. That’s why we – as EBF – work closely with EU regulators, legislators and other stakeholders every day again. This year’s European Banking Summit brings this all together.”
During the morning of Wednesday 2 October, the venue of the summit was used for the launch conference of Markets4Europe, a European-wide private-public sector campaign aiming at proposing game-changing solutions to develop and integrate capital markets in Europe as part of the 2019-2024 EU legislative agenda.
The annual EBF Cybersecurity Conference took place on Tuesday 1 October, one day before the European Banking Summit. This event is the leading annual event in Brussels on cybersecurity in the financial sector. Field experts from banks, policymakers, supervisors and the ICT security industry come together to discuss the rapidly evolving cyber trends and challenges with a specific focus on banking. Special features this year include a deep dive on cyber resilience in the banking sector by leading international and European experts, and the digital priorities of the new European Commission.