“Everything thrives on digital technology. If it is not on my phone it does not exist.”
Wim MijsEBF CEO
“There is no denying that financial technology is the DNA of our industry. Banks actively embrace FinTech to serve clients with new products and services, and it’s great to see how fresh competition helps us keep our focus.“
Wim MijsEBF CEO
“If Europe really wants to play a role in FinTech globally we need to create room for innovative financial services in a flourishing Digital Single Market. We need action at an overclock speed.”
Banks have been building on the digital infrastructure since the first days of finance. After all those years, banking services are still FinTech-driven and heavily invested in innovation. Bank innovators have transformed the industry with crucial devices, from the ATM half a century ago to contactless payments today. Each time bringing banking closer to the consumer.
Looking ahead with digital
Nowadays, everything is digitally and online connected. Advanced technology affects all working areas of the sector and is the core of financial regulation. Specific (digital) solutions are impacting financial services in unique ways and each with its own potential and challenges, online and offline. On the front-end the mobile phone is decisive, the end-user expects an accessible and secure experience at the same time. In the back office banks have been building and connecting next-generation solutions on strong legacy infrastructures. Big Data Analytics, cloud computing, blockchain and Open Apis are the main drivers of these changes.
As a key engine of the Digital Single Market in Europe, banks are aiming to create a financial system that integrates all players with future-proof technology and safeguards consumer interests.
The European Banking Federation is on top of the most recent emerging technology and has experts working on several digital working streams.