Webinar on 4 May – Sustainable finance and growth through European capital markets

  • The Nordic Securities Association (NSA) and Nasdaq are holding a webinar titled the Nordic Financial Ecosystem Forum on Tuesday, 4 May.
  • The event focuses on two themes: sustainability and green finance, and the role of European capital markets in economic growth.
  • Speakers include EC DG John Berrigan, MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen, and Erik Thedéen, Director General at the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority, with others to be announced.
  • FFI is a member of the NSA.

The Nordic Financial Ecosystem Forum – 4 May 2021, 10.00–12.00 CET

“Costs will be enormous if we won’t set up science-based, harmonised sustainable finance soon. However, the benefits will be great if we manage to provide sustainable, not politically-guided finance in place”, says MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen.

The participants will first exchange views on sustainability and green finance, addressing questions such as whether the regulatory actions and recommendations currently being prepared in the EU can really promote sustainable investment decisions. How can the risk of greenwashing be contained? What about management or board-level responsibility along the green track, is there a conflict between profit optimisation and sustainability?

“The webinar will also examine the role of the well-functioning European capital markets in promoting sustainable finance”, says FFI’s Director of EU Affairs Mari Pekonen-Ranta.

The second half of the webinar focuses on how capital markets can relaunch economic growth. What role do retail investors play in the financing of companies and in growth creation?

Speakers in the webinar

Stéphanie Yon-Courtin
MEP, Vice-Chair of the ECON Committee, European Parliament

John Berrigan
Director-General, DG FISMA, European Commission

Sirpa Pietikäinen
MEP, ECON Committee, European Parliament

Erik Thedéen, Director General at the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority
Bjørn Sibbern, President European Markets at Nasdaq
Johan Mörner, Chief Executive Officer at Erik Penser Bank

with representatives from Nordic companies.

“Costs will be enormous if we won’t set up science-based, harmonised sustainable finance soon. However, the benefits will be great if we manage to provide sustainable, not politically-guided finance in place.”

SIRPA PIETIKÄINEN, MEP

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