The European Banking Federation provides an extensive range of events, including high level conferences, outreach activities, lectures, policy and education events



Digital Finance Europe 2018

When & Where

26 September 2018

Auditorium of the National Bank of Belgium
Rue Montagne aux Herbes Potagères, 61

Contact details

Nahuel Mercedes


European Banking Federation & B-Hive together present Digital Finance Europe: partnering for growth.

Speakers from EU institutions, regulators, financial professionals and innovators will discuss the latest transformation of finance, artificial intelligence, fintech collaboration and regulatory impact.


European Banking Summit 2018: Financing Growth

When & Where

27  September 2018

Auditorium of the National Bank of Belgium
Rue Montagne aux Herbes Potagères, 61

Contact details

EBF Events Team


 The EBF’s European Banking Summit in Brussels has become an annual landmark moment to define key challenges for the banking sector and to discuss solutions. ‘‘Financing Growth’ is the theme for the 2018 summit. The key focus will be the role of banks in financing the economy and the challenges and opportunities for Europe in the coming years.


EBF Cybersecurity Conference 2018

When & Where

17 October 2018

Les Ateliers des Tanneurs
Rue des Tanneurs 60A, 1000 Brussels

Contact details
+32 (0)2 508 37 36




HANDELSBLATT European Banking Regulation Annual conference

HANDELSBLATT European Banking Regulation Annual conference - EBF website

When & Where

19 -21 November 2018

Jumeirah Hotel
Thurn-und-Taxis-Platz 2, 60313 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Contact details

Andrea Dudde
+49 (0)2 11.887 43 – 38 48 


Meet European and national supervisors, banks and associations on our HANDELSBLATT European Banking Regulation Annual conference from 19 to 21 November 2018, in Frankfurt at the Jumeirah hotel. The spotlight will be put on European and national regulation issues, regulation topics arising from direct and indirect supervision and on the pending changes relating to Basel, CRD V and CRR II. Come and discuss with renowned experts from the ECB, EBA, SRB, European Parliament, German Bundesbank, BaFin and representatives of the credit industry and associations about the latest regulation issues. Find out all the relevant information about banking supervision from first-hand sources for your practical implementation.

EBF Head of Banking Supervision Gonzalo is among the speakers in a panel on Wednesday 21 November addressing the future of regulation for the banking industry. 



SME Financing Workshop - EBF

When & Where

07 June 2018

EBF Meeting Centre, Brussels

Contact details

Daniele de Gennaro


The European banking sector is committed to meeting the financing needs of all companies, including small and medium sized enterprises. SMEs are the backbone of the European economy. For example, within the Euro area, they constitute 98% of all Euro area firms, employing around three-quarters of employees and generating around 60% of value added. While banks already provide a substantive amount of financing for SMEs, they see it as their responsibility to constantly strive to improve the conditions for SME financing and to remove any obstacles.

Against this backdrop, the European Banking Federation signed an agreement a year ago in 2017 at the EBF offices, in the presence of Commissioner Dombrovskis, to provide feedback to SMEs when their loans are declined1 . Building on many national public and private sector initiatives across Europe, the agreement (the ‘High Level Principles for Banks Feedback on SME Credit Applications’) is aimed at bringing all banks to the same level in terms of the minimum feedback provided to SMEs. The ultimate goal is to ensure that the loan application process, even when not immediately successful, can become a constructive step in the business development of a company – which also serves the broader objective of the EBF to improve financial education in Europe2. The agreement, which was spearheaded by the EBF, was signed by a wide range of banking associations comprising the full spectrum of banking in Europe.

The seminar marks the 1st anniversary of this important agreement by bringing together representatives of the banking and SME sectors to review the implementation of the agreement across Europe, to learn from best practice and to identify objectives for future progress. In addition to SME lending, we will also discuss alternative sources of finance for SMEs and the specific needs of high-growth companies. This is the first of a series of seminars that will be organised on SME financing. All public and private sector guests interested in SME financing are welcome to attend.

[1] High-Level Principles for Banks Feedback on SME Credit Applications [LINK]

[2] European Platform for Financial Education [LINK


Balkans & Black Sea Cooperation Forum: 30 May – 1 June

When & Where

30 May – 1 June 2018

Maroussi Helexpo Conference Center

Leoforos Kifisias 39, 151 23 Marousi, Athens-Attica, Greece


The EBF is a Strategic Dialogue Parrtner of the BBSF conference.


FinTech Tools & Digital Skills

When & Where

14 March 2018, 09.00 – 14.00

EBF Meeting Centre, Brussels


Contact details

Nahuel Mercedes

We buy, we spend and we do our banking more virtually than ever. The way we manage and understand our money is drastically changing due to the digitalisation of our everyday lives. Banks and startups are actively developing innovative tools to make financial services more user-friendly and improve financial well-being for consumers and employees. In a half-day seminar we aim to discuss the financial education in light of the digital revolution. Let’s be amazed by the possibilities Fintech tools can give us and how digital literacy is crucial to remain future-proof.


Kick-off European Money Week 2018

When & Where

12 March 2018, 15.30 – 18.00

EBF Meeting Centre, Brussels


Contact details

Raymond Frenken

The European Money Week is organized by the European Banking Federation to highlight financial education. This year, the main topic at the Brussels kick-off will be the gender gap in financial literacy, as well as the role of financial literacy in sustainable finance. The EBF kick-off event brings together academic speakers, financial education specialists, policy-makers and financial sector representatives.


EBI workshop on Proportionality in Banking Regulation

When & Where

07 March 2018, 10.00 – 15.30

Single Resolution Board Meeting Centre, Brussels


Contact details

Sarah Schmidtke
Tel: +32 2 508 37 19

This research-based workshop, co-organised by the European Banking Federation and the European Savings and Retail Banking Group, will gather academics, regulators, supervisors and representatives of the industry to exchange views on the topic of proportionality, which has gained momentum at EU level and is, in particular, relevant for ongoing legislative debates on banking package reforms of CRR and CRD IV as part of the Risk Reduction Measures.


1st EBF Cloud Banking Conference

When & Where

7  December 2017 , 09.00 – 17.00

EBF Meeting Centre, 56 Avenue des Arts 56, 1000 Brussels

Contact details

Programme: Noemie Papp


The conference brings together banks, cloud service providers, policy makers and national and European supervisors. They will discuss opportunities and obstacles to the adoption of the cloud by financial institutions, with the presentation of case studies on themes as:
• opportunities of cloud adoption by the banking sector
• access and audit rights
• impediments to the secure deployment of cloud by financial institutions
• free flow of data
The conference will also see the launch of the European Cloud Banking Forum, an EBF initiative that seeks to promote the wider adoption of the cloud by the banking sector.


EBF 2017 Tax Conference - Achieving Tax Certainty in a Word of Uncertainty

When & Where

22 November 2017, 09.30 – 17.15

EBF Meeting Centre, 56 Avenue des Arts 56, Brussels

Contact details

Roger Kaiser


Since 2014, the EBF Annual Tax Conference has been a landmark event for the European banking sector and for our federation, which aims for an active exchange of views with all key stakeholders on pivotal tax questions. Speakers and delegates are coming from Government bodies (OECD and EU Institution), the industry, academia, legal and consulting firms and the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation. Our 2017 Tax Conference is sponsored by Deloitte, PwC, EY and Lawsquare.

To learn more about the conference please click here


ECODA-EBF conference: Boards’ efficiency and fit & proper rules in financial organizations

When & Where

25 October, 09:00-13:30

EBF Meeting Centre, Avenue des Arts 56, 1000 Brussels

Contact details

Blazej Blasikiewicz

The European Banking Federation (EBF) together with the European Confederation of Directors’ Associations (ecoDa) are therefore organizing a joint event on October 25th on Boards’ efficiency and fit & proper rules in financial organizations on the EBF premises in Brussels (Avenue des Arts 56) from 9.00 to 11.45 (followed by a cocktail).

The speakers will question: How judging ‘the fit’ of an individual board member should be done in light of the composition of the global board? What should be the periodicity and the depth of assessments? How should the national supervisors complement the role of boards in assessing the suitability of directors, before any nomination or re-nomination?

The conference will finally question to what extent the ECB and EBA guidelines might be inspirational for a more general reflection on ‘internal governance’ from the perspective of a conglomerate or industrial group and all of its constituent companies and business units.


EBF Cybersecurity Conference: Managing Risk. Deploying Awareness

When & Where

10 October 2017, 09.30 – 16.30

EBF Meeting Centre, 56 Avenue des Arts , 1000 Brussels

Contact details

Alexandra Maniati

In the context of the all-increasing interest in cybersecurity by regulators, policy-making bodies and the broader public, and given the sensitivity of the financial services sector for which trust of customers and safeguarding of their data are of critical importance, the EBF Cybersecurity Conference aims at:

  • Raising awareness on cybersecurity for bank personnel and consumers of financial services
  • Facilitating the dialogue between banks, regulators and supervisors for a more effective implementation of cybersecurity-related measures
  • Exchanging on the challenges faced by banks in managing cyber risk, especially in regard to intelligence sharing and incident reporting.



When & Where

28 September 2017, 08.30 – 18.00

Royal Academy, Rue Ducale 1, 1000 Brussels

Contact details

A thriving European economy and flourishing society. Banks are keen to deliver on their role in society as partners in prosperity.

For the European Banking Federation this is about creating a stable and inclusive financial ecosystem, with secure financing available for citizens, businesses and innovators everywhere, supported by excellence in regulation. 


Institut Friedland: Conference on Financing the European economy after Brexit

When & Where

3 July 2017, 09.30 – 14.00

Square, rue Mont des Arts, Brussels, 1000 Brussels

Contact details

Brexit raises the crucial issue of knowing whether EU 27 economies and enterprises will be in a position to access the financial services that they need.

The conference will convene business leaders, senior policy makers, regulators and experts. It will address the issue with a capital markets, asset management, insurance and banking prism.



AFME and EBF Banks & Data - managing data protection and the free flow of data

When & Where

Tuesday 16 May 2017

09:00 – 13:00

EBF Premises, Avenue des Arts 56 1000, Brussels

The conference will feature discussions on the work of the Article 29 Working Party on the effective implementation of the GDPR and the pressing need to facilitate the free flow of data in the EU and globally. This event will include two interactive sessions with national Data Protection Authorities, EU policymakers and leading representatives from the banking industry to help shape the evolving dialogue and share genuine learnings from each other’s experiences.

It will be also an opportunity to have an exchange of views with the European Commission just after the launch of the mid-term review of the digital single market strategy (DSM) in particular regarding the free flow of data issue.

Please find the full programme attached


EUROPEAN MONEY WEEK: Brussels Kick-off

When and Where

27 March 2017, 16.00 – 19.00

EBF Meeting Centre, 56 Avenues des Arts, 1000 Brussels

European Money Week is a joint initiative by European banking associations that aims to raise public awareness on financial literacy and improving financial education for students from elementary and secondary schools. The week consists of a series of events in the participating countries and at a European level.

Ultimately, the objective is boosting financial literacy and improving the level of financial education in Europe.

Photos from meeting, soundcloud embed, article on Lusarti are available here.


EBF SUMMER PARTY 2016: New brand launch

When & Where

25 June 2016, 08.30 – 18.00

EBF Meeting Centre, 56 Avenues des Arts, 1000 Brussels

Photos and the brand launch video


EUROPEAN BANKING SUMMIT 2016: Embracing disruption

When & Where

29 September 2017,

Royal Academy, Rue Ducale 1, 1000 Brussels

Photos and Follow up materials are available here


EBF Tax Conference 2016

When & Where

2 February 2016

EBF Meeting Centre, 56 Avenues des Arts, 1000 Brussels

 from meeting


Financial Education Roundtable 2016

When & Where

14 March 2016

Residence Palace, 155 Rue de la Loi, 1000 Brussels

Photos from meeting

Video  Financial Education Roundtable – Panel 1: Is financial education a missing link?

Video  Financial Education Roundtable – Panel 2: Can financial education benefit consumers?


EBF Annual High Level Conference 2015: A Brave New World for Banks

When & Where

17 September 2015

Chancellery Auditorium of BNP Paribas Fortis

The annual conference of the European Banking Federation brings together key policy makers from the European Union with leading industry representatives, including CEOs of top European banks.

Key developments in banking regulation, the theme of changing culture and improving conduct in financial services, digital banking and the pivotal role for banks in the new growth ecosystem under Capital Markets Union were discussed at this landmark event for the European banking industry.

Photos – EBF Annual High Level Conference 2015

Video – Matthias Smalbrugge: Why Modern Culture Feels Embarrassed by Bankers

PDF Matthias Smalbrugge: Keynote opening speech


EBF Annual Conference 2014

When & Where

19 November 2014

ING Marnix Auditorium (10:00 – 16:30)
Avenue Marnix, 24 – 1000 Bruxelles

The annual conference of the European Banking Federation is a landmark Brussels event discussing key developments in the European banking sector. The conference brings together chief executives from leading European banks with EU-level regulators, policy-makers, and other stakeholders in Europe’s economy at large.

Photos – EBF Annual Conference 2014

Video – EBF Annual Conference 2014

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