25 October 2018 - 09:00 - 10:00
Ugo Bassi, Dharmendra Kanani

We are just three years away from the launch of the Capital Markets Union (CMU) Action Plan and coming to the end of the Juncker Commission. The CMU was designed to boost private sector investment in business and improve the eurozone’s stability with regard to a potential financial crisis – but is it on the right track, and is it possible to reach an agreement before Brexit takes place?

We have invited Ugo Bassi, European Commission Financial Markets Director, to share his insights with us. 

The event is part of our exclusive ‘What the Chiefs Say’ series which brings together small groups of our senior-level members to discuss topical issues with a key decision-maker. These roundtable conversations will feature influential figures from international institutions, parliaments, governments, business, NGOs and the media.  Each 60-minute session gives our members a chance to put their questions to those who call the shots. The events are insightful and interactive, tackling today’s most burning issues.

Participation is by invitation only.

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What the Chief Say discussion “Capital Markets Union – A Countdown before Brexit” with European Commission Director for Financial Markets, Ugo Bassi

Moderated by
Dharmendra Kanani, Director of insights at Friends of Europe


Ugo Bassi
Director for Financial Markets at the European Commission Directorate General for Financial Stability and Financial Services
Ugo Bassi is European Commission Financial Markets director and manages amongst many high priority files the Capital Markets Union (CMU), a key priority and catalyst for further financial integration in Europe. A lawyer by profession, he has worked as Director in charge of the coordination of legal matters and economic analysis, managing specific areas such as the Accounting Directive, Company Reporting, as well as Audit and Credit rating agencies. Bassi, has striven to eliminate barriers to capital flows as well as enforcement of all financial services legislation in the EU.
Dharmendra Kanani
Director of Insights at Friends of Europe
Dharmendra Kanani has been in senior leadership roles in the Public and Voluntary sectors across the UK and Europe over a period of 26 years. In 2005, he was appointed as Director of Scotland of the Big Lottery Fund. Subsequently, from 2010 to 2014, Kanani was the England Director at the Big Lottery Fund, the largest independent funder in the UK. Since 2016, he has supported Friends of Europe’s strategic development across all its policy areas with a strong focus on Climate and Energy; Peace, Security and Defence as well as Digitalisation. Prior to this role, Kanani was the European Foundation Centre’s (EFC) first Fellow in July 2014. 

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Tel.: +32 2 300 29 92 

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25 October