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Brussels 4 Breakfast

Pandemic note: we will continue to record a Zoom discussion with the speakers and then make that publicly available until it is possible to resume live events. The new video is posted on our home page

The recordings will be on Wednesdays, with the video available on Thursday:


We re-shaped “Brussels 4 Breakfast” last autumn - the first change since its 2004 launch. We will focus on a limited number of `big-picture’ topics each month to reflect the big regulatory trends in this new EU legislative cycle.  We have a number of seats available at the event for our members, so e-mail if you would like to attend

We need assistance from the City community of `Brussels’ finance watchers to get our  evolution right! So we would like to involve you! The formal invitation from Andrew Hilton will be sent to you about two weeks before each meeting and will set out Graham’s first thoughts on the big topics that have emerged in the couple of weeks since the previous meeting - see his video invitation.

But Graham would like to know if you agree – or have additional suggestions! E-mail him at with your thoughts.

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(with the opportuity to attend the Breakfast live!)

Need CPD points?

 Brussels 4 Breakfast can earn you CPD points with CISI and London Institute of Banking & Finance provides other CPD services

After the Breakfast, Graham and Andrew go along CISI’s corridor to do a live 30-minute webcast to CISI members that can earn CPD points. Over the following month these webcasts attract an audience of about 400 who listen to the bitter end to earn their CPD – but about the same again dip in for a while. This webcast is available to non-CISI members later via Friends of

Later in the day, Graham writes up his comments on the discussion – and will now list the topics that actually stirred interest in the audience! Sometimes it can be rather surprising – and revealing about the real pressure points in financial regulation. His notes are available to Friends of



Brexit has now happened – with one set of effects on financial institutions in the City. But EU financial regulation will surely continue its steady evolution and that will have another set of impacts. As usual, the incoming financial services Commissioner has launched some form of stock-taking of the state of play in regulatory reform. This time, it was the High-Level Forum on Capital Markets Union and the action plan has just been launched. That process has eaten the first year of the term of office and only now comes a new wave of legislative action.

This cycle could have been somewhat different because two major policies – banking union and capital markets union – are well already underway, but obstacles remain. The next big project – enhancing the international role of the euro – is only under discussion and no concrete measures have been proposed given the political difficulties. But the euro’s role can only be enhanced if there is a successful banking union and capital markets union. Additionally, EU electors have made clear their demands for a more sustainable economy – and thus finance. And Fin Tech is coming to payments – but only if the regulations are right.