Center of Excellence in Finance
Learning and Regional Cooperation in South East Europe

Roundtable Discussion: For a Safer Financial System

Mar 22, 2013


The CEF and the Slovenian Banking Association have invited chief executives and deputies of the European Banking Federation and the banking associations of Germany, France, the Netherlands, and Turkey to discuss the role of banking associations in ensuring a safer financial system.

The roundtable will focus on how banking associations can assist in reform design and help shape the legislative, regulative and policy agenda through a continuous dialogue with service users and other affected parties. Discussants will also reflect on ways to improve the reputation and the public image of the banking sector after the crisis and what measures need to be put in place when tackling the important issues in bank restructuring.

Speakers will include Guido Ravoet, Chief Executive, European Banking Federation; Ekrem Keskin, Secretary General, The Banks Association of Turkey; Michael Kemmer, General Manager, Association of German Banks; Wim Mijs, CEO of the Dutch Banking Association; Jean-François Pons, Director of European and International Affairs at the French Banking Federation; France Arhar, Director of the Slovenian Banking Association, and his predecessor at the association, Dušan Hočevar. They will discuss the most pressing challenges for the banking sector and policies to improve financial stability in Europe with other high-level representatives of banking associations, ministries of finance, and supervisory authorities from South East Europe.

The roundtable will be held on April 11 -12, 2013, at the CEF. For more information, please contact Senka Maver at

About the Center of Excellence in Finance

The Center of Excellence in Finance (CEF) was established in January 2001 by the Slovenian Government on the initiative of the Slovenian Ministry of Finance and in close cooperation with ministries of finance of other countries in South East Europe. The initiative to establish the CEF was framed in the context of the Stability Pact for South East Europe. The CEF recognizes the urgent need of capacity development in public financial management and central banking in the countries of the region to cope with the challenges of implementing much needed reforms.

Facebook latest
CEF Newsletter