Digital Finance Europe brings together banks, fintechs

  • Biggest-ever fintech conference in Brussels set for 26 September
  • Joint initiative by the European Banking Federation and B-Hive
  • Open banking, blockchain, payments, AI, cybersecurity in focus

The European Banking Federation has teamed up with B-Hive for Digital Finance Europe 2018, taking place on 26 September in the auditorium of the Belgian National Bank.

EBF and B-Hive share the common objective of enabling financial innovation in Europe while leveraging the regulatory and financial knowledge that Brussels has to offer as the capital of Europe.

The main topics discussed will be the impact of financial technology on business and regulation in Europe. Under the theme Partnering for Growth attention will go to the developments in open banking – including PSD2, the application of blockchain technology in finance, cybersecurity, cloud computing and artificial intelligence.

With the regulatory expertise of the EBF and the fintech network of B-Hive, the means are in place to make Europe a stronghold for financial innovation. As the first major international fintech conference in Brussels, Digital Finance Europe brings together regulatory stakeholders. EU policy can be a tool for European financial institutions to boost growth, form the right partnerships and accelerate secure technology adoption.


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Says Wim Mijs, Chief Executive Officer of the EBF:

“Digital Finance Europe marks a special moment in the rapidly changing financial sector of Europe. It is a unique moment to foster a dialogue between industry leaders but also a chance for policy makers to emphasise their ambitions on financial innovation. We are very glad to cooperate with B-Hive, a partnership that promises to benefit the European financial services landscape and support the EU Fintech plans on many levels.”

Says Fabian Vandenreydt, Executive Chairman, B-Hive:

“I am very much looking forward to Digital Finance Europe, as B-Hive and the European Banking Federation are joining forces to further steer collaboration between European banks, fintechs and regulators in domains that are on top of everyone’s agenda. I am sure our distinguished speakers will be a fresh source of inspiration to continue scaling-up our common endeavour for innovative, resilient and secure digital finance throughout Europe.”

Top speakers include Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy & Society; Yves Mersch, Member of the Executive Board at the European Central Bank; Gottfriedt Leibbrandt, CEO of SWIFT; and MEP Caroline Nagtegaal. Other speakers include experts from the European Commission, European Parliament, ENISA, many financial services executives and technology providers.

More information on the speakers and programme: