EU Finance - The Future of Finance

The @EU_Finance podcast is created and hosted by the EU Commission’s Directorate General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union. Short episodes are released at the same time as the monthly EU Commission Finance Newsletter on topics related to banks, capital markets, insurance, digital or sustainable finance, anti-money laundering, sanctions, etc. The host of the podcast is not an expert, so tries to get the topics explained as simply as possible. The views expressed are those of the participants and not necessarily those of the EU Commission.

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Episodes

Tuesday Jan 31, 2023

Brussels woke up to a clean blanket of snow this morning. It’s like there’s a beautiful single space, ready and waiting for new opportunities. Sounds like a metaphor for the EU, no? When your host Aidas Palubinskas came to work for DG FISMA, what he likes to call the EU’s Ministry of Finance - work on the Capital Markets Union – the CMU - was just getting started. The CMU is a big project, and can sound complicated sometimes. And often, it is. At its core, the Capital Markets Union is a plan to create a single market for capital in the EU. The aim is to get money – investments and savings, including those of us – ordinary savers and consumers – flowing across and around the EU so that it can benefit consumers, investors, and companies, regardless of where they are located. Putting money to work to keep the machinery of our economy moving and growing. In other words, jobs and growth, kids, jobs and growth! Aidas talks to Tanya Panova, the head of the EU Commission’s CMU department in an energetic, and fun conversation, where Aidas probably gets in a little over his head.

The One About Instant Payments

Wednesday Dec 14, 2022

Wednesday Dec 14, 2022

Instant coffee, instant oatmeal, instant mashed potatoes, instant gratification.  We want it all, and we want it now.  So, we’re going to talk about instant payments.  On 26 October 2022, the European Commission put forward a legislative proposal on establishing instant payments. Wait, what?  Don’t we already have that?  Your host, Aidas Palubinskas, who knows just enough to get himself into trouble, talks with Eric Ducoulombier, the European Commission’s head for retail finance. They talk about the EU nudging the retail payments industry on instant payments and what benefits accrue to EU citizens and business, as well as how it’s going to help with Russia sanctions.

The One About Energy

Thursday Oct 27, 2022

Thursday Oct 27, 2022

In response to the extremely volatile prices caused by Russia’s weaponisation of energy, on 18 October 2022, the EU Commission proposed a new emergency regulation to address high gas prices in the EU and ensure security of supply this winter. This will be done through joint gas purchasing, price limiting mechanisms on the TTF gas exchange, new measures on transparent infrastructure use, solidarity between Member States, and continuous efforts to reduce gas demand. Aidas Palubinskas chats with the EU Commission’s Director General for Finance Sean Berrigan about the financial markets aspects.

Thursday Sep 29, 2022


Back in 2021, the European Commission presented an ambitious package of legislative proposals to strengthen the EU rules on anti-money laundering and countering terrorism financing (AML/CFT). This included the proposal for the creation of a new EU authority to fight money laundering. Aidas Palubinskas talks with DG FISMA’s Deputy Director General Alexandra Jour Schroeder.

Wednesday Jul 20, 2022


Letizia Lupini talks to Alain Deckers – head of the asset management unit – about what the EU is doing to promote sustainable finance and how investors can make sure they invest green.

The One about Digital Finance

Thursday Jun 16, 2022

Thursday Jun 16, 2022

Aidas Palubinskas talks to Jan Ceyssens about all things digital – including cryptocurrencies, cyber risks, the digital euro, privacy, and consent.

The one about sanctions

Wednesday May 18, 2022

Wednesday May 18, 2022

Sanctions: how they work. Do they work? How citizens and business can help them work.
The @EU_Finance podcast is created and hosted by the EU Commission’s Directorate General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union.Short episodes are released at the same time as the monthly EU Commission Finance Newsletter on topics related to banks, capital markets, insurance, digital or sustainable finance, anti-money laundering, sanctions, etc.The host of the podcast is not an expert, so tries to get the topics explained as simply as possible.The views expressed are those of the participants and not necessarily those of the EU Commission.

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Thursday Apr 28, 2022

Thursday Apr 28, 2022

The @EU_Finance podcast is created and hosted by the EU Commission’s Directorate General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union.Short episodes are released at the same time as the monthly EU Commission Finance Newsletter on topics related to banks, capital markets, insurance, digital or sustainable finance, anti-money laundering, sanctions, etc.The host of the podcast is not an expert, so tries to get the topics explained as simply as possible.The views expressed are those of the participants and not necessarily those of the EU Commission.

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