• nr. 10 - December 2016

    At the end of 2013, the government approved a new banking law, which undoubtedly can be considered as a milestone in the history of the Belgian financial landscape. Three years after the coming into effect of this law, the time has come for a first assessment. Annemie Rombouts (Vice-President FSMA), Jo Swyngedouw (Head of Prudential Policy and Financial Stability Division NBB), Saskia Mermans (Chairwoman of the ‘Instituut voor bedrijfsjuristen’ and General Counsel KBC), Jean Cattaruzza (Chairman of the Febelfin Legal Committee and Head Legal Department ING Belgium) and Tom Boedts (General Counsel and Director Legal and Risk Related Affairs Febelfin) take part in this interesting debate on the banking law, the purpose of regulation and the Brussels Financial Centre.  

  • nr. 10 - December 2016

    The European cause has been going through rough times all through 2016, due among other things to the weak economic growth, the migration crisis and the political crisis which culminated in the Brexit. However, that does not mean that regulation has come to a standstill.

  • nr. 10 - December 2016

    At the end of October 2016, Febelfin Academy celebrated its 10th anniversary. Also this year, the financial sector training institute has been doing its best to live up to its motto “Learning: key for evolution”!

  • nr. 09 - October 2016

    Cybercrime is a priority issue for almost any institution these days and this also goes for the financial sector. 360° wanted to know all about it and so it asked a whole range of questions to three experts in this field: Miguel de Bruycker (Centre for Cybersecurity Belgium), Walter Coenraets (Federal Computer Crime Unit) and Jan De Blauwe (Febelfin Secursys Committee). Can we say that cybersecurity is efficiently dealt with in Belgium? Is there room for improvement? How to deal with new technology such as ‘blockchain’ in an adequate way? 

  • nr. 09 - October 2016

    In spite of the progress which has been made in the fight against cybercrime these last few years, there is still a long way to go. Those who want to commit fraud, will continue to look for the weakest spots in the protection of financial institutions and use them for their own purposes as long as no ‘remedy’ has been found. In order to beat them, the various authorities involved must find a way to cooperate, today as well as tomorrow. 

  • nr. 09 - October 2016

    61 % of the Belgian population spends at least 3 hours online each day. 

  • nr. 08 - June 2016

    “In the Anglo-Saxon world, company managers are not afraid to mention a failure in their CV. We however avoid any reference to a bankruptcy.” How can one explain that in Belgium, company managers who have failed, are still being stigmatised? What about the current role of banks in a country such as Belgium, which heavily relies on SMEs? 360° asked Brigitte Malou (Grottes de Han), Karel Van Eetvelt (UNIZO), Jean-Pierre Di Bartoloméo (Sowalfin) and Dirk Wouters (Bank J. Van Breda & C°) about their opinion. 

  • nr. 08 - June 2016

    In the wake of the financial crisis, there were some doubts about the role of banks as providers of funding for the Belgian economy. Were there still able and willing to provide companies with financial support? Now, things have completely changed. Some regulations however may pose a problem.

  • nr. 08 - June 2016

    At the end of 2015, the amount of corporate credit outstanding at the Belgian banks was 133.4 billion EUR. This represents an annual increase of 3.4%. Corporate lending by banks clearly is on the move. 

  • nr. 07 - March 2016

    “How does the future of the Belgian financial sector look like?” At the request of Minister of Finance Johan Van Overtveldt, a group of eight experts has spent a whole year trying to find an answer to this question. The result of their study is a report of 70 pages in which they make an in-depth analysis of the stability of the banking landscape, the real estate situation in Belgium, Fintech, cybersecurity, etc. 360° has organised a debate on this matter with the participation of three members of the Expert Group: André Sapir (ULB), Geert Noels (Econopolis) and Tom Dechaene (NBB).

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