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Getting more from Financial Services Markets - European commissioner for competition to speak at LSE

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Neelie Kroes, European commissioner for competition, will give a public lecture at LSE on Monday 19 February. Her lecture is entitled Getting More from Financial Services Markets: greater competition for a better deal for consumers.

Since 2005, the European Commission has pursued extensive inquiries into barriers to competition in financial services markets across Europe. Acting under Article 17 of Regulation (EC) No 1/2003, and working in close cooperation with stakeholders, the Commission has looked in depth at three key areas: payments cards, core retail banking and business insurance. Commissioner Kroes will present the final findings of the payments cards and core retail banking inquiries, as well as the interim report in the business insurance sector, and will set out how the Commission plans to take forward concrete actions to overcome the identified barriers to competition

This event will be chaired by Professor Willem Buiter, LSE, and is one in a series of FT Business - LSE European Institute: The Future of Europe public lectures.

Getting More from Financial Services Markets: greater competition for a better deal for consumers is on Monday 19 February 2007 at 6.30-8pm in the New Theatre, East Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.

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To reserve a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk

Notes

The next event in the series takes place on Friday 23 February with Franco Frattini, a vice-president of the EU Commission and commissioner responsible for justice, freedom and security. This lecture is entitled| Future of EU Migration and Integration Policies.

Press cuttings

Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand
EU Competition Commission has eyes on Visa (19 Feb 07)
'I will say that when our exemption decision on Visa expires at the end of this year, we will look again at the effect of their interchange fees on competition,' EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said in remarks prepared for delivery at the London School of Economics.

13 February 2007

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