Launch of CPD courses with a lecture at Cass Business School - organised by The CISI

09 March 2016

Graham Bishop gives the first of a series of ten online lectures as his bold plan to explain how and why the current system of financial services regulation has come into existence across the EU.

Graham Bishop launches a bold plan to explain how and why the current system of financial services regulation has come into existence across the EU. 

Graham starts with brief comments on the origins of the European Union, and finish with some equally brief thoughts about what he can see in his crystal ball for the next decade.  

However, there are some cloudy bits in the crystal ball because the EU faces the biggest threat to its functioning during its whole life:

·        All underlines that the EU is essentially a political project to underpin the peace and security of its citizens so they can do their daily business unhindered by tariff barriers, border controls and “health & Safety” style requirements that are really nothing but protectionist barriers.

·        Much achieved in last 3 decades since we moved to `qualified’ majority voting on the technical standards that embody the “non-tariff barriers”. But the beneficiaries of protectionism are tenacious in defending their vested interests – as you would expect! 

·        I believe strongly that “Fin Tech” will open up new opportunities to export financial services across borders but I also have no doubts ancient laws will be unearthed by the incumbents to impede incoming trade.

·        The Singe Market will not be complete in the next decade or probably the one after... It is only the collective political will to create a truly competitive, single market that will make it happen. If that political will is lost, so is the Single Market and in reality a European Union that is an effective force.

·        The nerve is being tested as never before. I believe it will hold.


Split remarks into four sections:

I: Background

II: The Great Crash: Driving Current Developments

III: The EU Response unfolds

IV: The Crystal Ball: Opportunities to 2025


The video of the lecture will shortly be available as part of our CPD products as an on-line lecture.

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© Graham Bishop