Frankfurt European Banking Congress

The Frankfurt European Banking Congress (EBC) is one of Europe’s most prestigious congresses in the field of banking and finance.

Premiered in 1991, the congress was hosted annually by Germany’s leading banks based in Frankfurt am Main – Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank and Dresdner Bank – and by the City of Frankfurt am Main from 1992 until 2008. Afterwards, and until  2015, Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank took turns in officially chairing the EBC. Since 2016, BNP Paribas, Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank have been the co-hosting banks of the congress, with HSBC joining in 2019. Traditionally, the EBC takes place on the penultimate Friday in November at the Alte Oper Frankfurt.

The EBC aims at providing a forum for open and forward oriented discussion of European issues, their role in the world of politics and financial markets. The EBC has become an established meeting place for high level representatives from politics, business, finance, and academia. Leading topics and high-level speakers for each year’s event are chosen by the EBC’s steering committee.

Admission to the congress is personal and by invitation only.

To learn more about the EBC’s history, please take a look at the past years’ programmes in our archive and consult the EBC’s complete list of past speakers.

31st Frankfurt European Banking Congress                                 Hashtag #EBC2021

19 November 2021

“From Recovery to Strength”

The theme of this year’s congress is inspired by the significant challenges that our economies face in the aftermath of the pandemic. Keynote speakers and panel sessions will discuss how business and economic policy can successfully address these challenges. The forum will assess the opportunities that economic policy opens up for financial institutions and companies. It will also analyse what measures can promote economic recovery whilst ensuring fiscal and financial stability.

The Changing Future of Banking:
The pandemic has had a profound impact on the banking environment with a huge increase in liquidity needs of corporates, the accumulation of household savings, the needs for hedging risks in a very volatile market environment, etc. Some of the consequences are likely to last well into the future. Official interest rates will probably remain low for longer, rising insolvencies remain a concern but, on the other hand, the prospect of several quarters of sustained real GDP growth bodes well for credit demand. In addition, structural factors such as the role of fintechs, decentralised finance and policies and regulations to address climate change, are evolving and will force banks to adapt.

Corporate Strategy in a Post-Pandemic World:
The supply disruptions and shifting demand patterns caused by the pandemic force companies to think about how, going forward, they will produce and distribute whilst taking into account the increasing demands of their stakeholders in terms of ESG. It requires striking a balance between resilience and cost-efficiency. These factors will also influence economic policy, which in turn has implications for business decisions. Industrial policy is making a comeback, fueled by concerns about strategic autonomy in key sectors like health care and technology. However, this has global ramifications in terms of the impact on trade relations.

Macro Policy: Choosing the Right Mix for the Future:
Addressing the economic consequences of the pandemic has shifted the frontiers of monetary and fiscal policy. It has also led to a de facto coordination between both. As the recovery gathers pace, difficult questions will need to be answered. When can we afford to rebuild monetary and fiscal policy leeway? What role do concerns about corporate debt levels play in setting policy? Considering that the health crisis had profound distributional consequences – and certain policy decisions as well – how would the ambition to achieve inclusive growth influence the policy stance?

+++ Coronavirus (COVID-19) update +++

The health and safety of our participants, partners and employees are our highest priority. We are closely monitoring the developments with regard to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and cooperate with all partners involved to ensure all necessary precautionary hygiene and safety measures. We continue to directly communicate timely, relevant updates to our participants and partners as needed.

Hosts of the Congress

BNP Paribas, Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank, HSBC and the City of Frankfurt am Main host a high-level event for the international business and banking community.

Impressions of the 30th Frankfurt European Banking Congress 2020

Photos © José Polete