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Event Date Thu Nov 18 UTC (7 months ago)
In your timezone (EDT): Thu Nov 18 10:00am - Thu Nov 18 12:00pm
Location Online Event
Region EMEA

This 2021 year’s edition will bring together experts from industry, policymakers, and supervisors to share their insights on key developments in digital finance, driven by regulatory initiatives and industry priorities.

Payments are at the heart of the financial industry and at the same time Central Bank Digital Currencies and the digital euro are raising important questions. We will delve into the evolution of the financial ecosystem, the phenomenon of CBDCs, and the aspiration for ‘homegrown’ pan-European payment solutions.

Session Overview
The third Digital Thursday 2021 will focus on Central Bank Digital Currencies and payments. The event will discuss the phenomenon of CDBC globally and debate on the need for CBDCs for a global financial ecosystem. Experts will explore how CBDC issuance would change the role of central banks and the banking system overall, while providing insights on different CBDC projects that are under way.  

The event also touches on a potential integration of a digital euro into the European payments landscape: how does it fit together with the retail payments strategies of the European Commission and the ECB? And how does it affect the objective to develop ‘homegrown’ pan-European payment solutions and the new instant payments framework in Europe?


2021 Speakers

Anni Mykkänen
Senior Policy Adviser, Payments and Innovation, EBF

Christopher Brummer
Georgetown University Law Center, Institute of International Economic Law

Alexandra Maniati
Director, Innovation & Cybersecurity, EBF


Jürgen Schaaf
Advisor, Market Infrastructure and Payments, European Central Bank

Sonja Danburg
Deputy Associate Director, Federal Reserve Board

Marion Laboure
Economist, Deutsche Bank

Lars Hörngren
Senior Adviser to the Director General, Finansinspektionen (Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority)

Eric Ducoulombier
Head of Unit, European Commission - DG FISMA

Fernando Lardiés
PagoNxt Trade General Manager, Banco Santander

Martina Weimert
CEO, European Payments Initiative Interim Company


Wim Mijs

Rita Camporeale
Head of Payments, Italian Banking Association