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2nd Annual FinTech and Digital Innovation Conference

Common standards help to reduce costs and potentially allow new entrants to easily enter the Single Market. They can also address new challenges presented by developing technologies, such as the risks associated with ICOs recently identified by both the EU and international regulators. These should also take into consideration calls from the industry for regulators to coordinate their message on ICOs. However, there are also downsides to common standards. Standards can inadvertently give preference to some technologies over others hindering their innovation. Where does standard setting make sense for the FinTech sector? How does the EU ensure the standard setting process fosters competition, transparent, open for all participants? The conditions for access have to be fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory. Should we aim for EU or international standards?

Moderator: Carmine di Noia, Commissioner, CONSOB

Policy makers:
Aija Zitcere, Deputy Director, Financial Markets Policy Department, Ministry of Finance, Latvia
Peteris Zilgalvis, Head of Unit, Start-ups and innovation, Digital Single Market, DG CONNECT, European Commission and Co-Chair of the FinTech Task Force of the European Commission
Patrick Armstrong, Senior Risk Analysis Officer, Innovation and Products Team, ESMA
Ashley Fox, Member of the European Parliament

Industry:
Paul Atkins, Chief Executive, Patomak Global Partners LLC and former SEC Commissioner – Co-Chair, Token Alliance
Simon Maisey, Managing Director, Global Head of Business Development, Tradeweb
Reinder Van Dijk, Partner, Oxera (tbc)

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