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The Federation of European Securities Exchanges (FESE) is delighted to announce the launch of the FESE de la Vega Prize 2018. The Prize will award an outstanding research paper related to the securities markets in Europe. Papers about current developments in European securities markets are particularly welcome. The paper may refer to any of the following topics:

FOCUS: 1) retail investors; 2) sustainable/ESG investment

The Egg, Rue Bara 175, 1070 Bruxelles, Belgium

One of the major highlights of each year, the CEPS Ideas Lab is the forum that gathers Europe's top decision makers and thinkers to discuss all the major issues confronting the EU. This year, the theme will be 'Europe - Back on Track'.

CEPS - Centre for European Policy Studies, 1 Place du Congrès/Congresplein, 1000 Brussels

MiFID II (came into effect on 3 January 2018) is set to disrupt the production and distribution of investment research, impact execution services and ultimately the costs for investment firms and end-investors. Brokers have to establish a price for investment research separately from execution services. Asset management firms need to develop research budgets for all asset classes, and either pass the costs of research on to clients or absorb the costs themselves. Nonetheless, this will lead to new opportunities for investors to better compare price and quality across products and service levels.

Auditorium Chancellerie – BNP Paribas Fortis, Rue de la Chancellerie 1, 1000 Brussels – BE

For six years running, ECMI has brought together an excellent line-up of leading academics, policy-makers and industry representatives to share the

CEPS - Centre for European Policy Studies, 1 Place du Congrès/Congresplein, 1000 Brussels

Global financial stability continues to strengthen, thanks to extraordinary policy support, stronger banks, regulatory enhancements, and a cyclical

FOCUS: 1) insurance companies; 2) pension funds.

The European Capital Markets Institute (ECMI) is calling for a submission of research papers on European capital markets and their functioning. A committee of academics and international experts will select the best paper and award the winning author €5,000 and give him/her the opportunity to present the findings at the 2017 ECMI Annual Conference in Brussels, an international event that brings together hundreds of policymakers, academics and industry representatives.

CEPS - Centre for European Policy Studies, 1 Place du Congrès/Congresplein, 1000 Brussels

With the aim of improving investor protection, MiFID II takes a firmer stance by imposing new/additional requirements in several areas, including dealings with eligible counterparties, suitability and appropriateness, inducements, conflicts of interest and cross-selling practices in the financial sector. The implementation of these requirements poses multiple challenges for both financial service providers and investors.