Cyber Security Salons

About Digital Thursdays

Building on EBF Digital Thursdays 2020, this year’s edition will bring together experts from industry, policymakers and supervisors to share their insights on key developments in digital finance, driven by regulatory initiatives and industry priorities. On 28 October, we will explore digital operational resilience, third-party relationships and risk management, and cybersecurity in light of ongoing European legislative harmonization. This discussion will take place against the backdrop of the European Cybersecurity Month

We will analyse the significance of access to data and infrastructure on 4 November. This is crucial for innovation in the financial industry within a landscape heavily influenced by tech firms and non-financial global actors. On this day, we will also examine digital tools such as eID and discuss open finance from a holistic perspective. Payments are at the heart of the financial industry and at the same time Central Bank Digital Currencies and the digital euro are raising important questions. We will delve into the evolution of the financial ecosystem, the phenomenon of CBDCs and the aspiration for ‘homegrown’ pan-European payment solutions on 18 November.

Upcoming Speakers:

Jose Campa

Jose-Manuel Campa

Chairperson, European Banking Authority

Olivier Guersent

Olivier Guersent

Director-General, European Commission,
DG Competition

Christopher Brummer

Prof. Christopher Brummer

Georgetown University Law Center,
Institute of Int’l Economic Law

EBF Digital Thursdays Series – Previous Editions:

The Digital Thursdays 2021: Close-up on Digital Euro tried to investigate what a digital euro could look like, what could be its features and how it could be best designed to benefit European businesses and citizens. Discussions also focused on the role that banks can play in a digital euro ecosystem and how they would participate in the design phase.

Speakers included:

  • Ana Botín, President, EBF and Group Executive Chairman, Banco Santander
  • Fabio Panetta, Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank

The first day of EBF’s Digital Thursdays 2020 was devoted to cyber security and resilience. Taking place during the European Cyber Security Month and building upon the previous annual editions of the EBF Cybersecurity Conference, this event explored the rapidly evolving cyber trends and challenges for banks.

Speakers included:

  • Pentti Hakkarainen, Member of the Supervisory Board, European Central Bank
  • Mattias Levin, Deputy Head of Unit, DG FISMA, European Commission
  • Wiebe Ruttenberg, Program Director Cyber Resilience Strategy, European Central Bank

The second day of EBF’s Digital Thursdays 2020 was dedicated to the European Data Economy and Open Finance. The discussions focused on the role policymakers and stakeholders can play to increase data sharing in Europe, particularly across sectors. Particular emphasis was paid to the challenges and opportunities an EU open finance framework could bring for firms and consumers, and to the possible foundation for such a framework.

Speakers included:

  • Christian Reimsbach-Kounatze, Information Economist/Policy Analyst Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry (STI), OECD
  • Luc Barnaud, Chief Digital and Technology Officer, Natixis


This event is organized by the European Banking Federation (EBF) with the technical support of Forum Europe.

For more information on the event content please contact Cyrielle Doll | Project & Events Officer | EBF

[email protected] | +32  474 98 00 06

For information on any other aspect of the event please contact Lula Howard | Senior Event Manager | Forum Europe

[email protected] | + 44 (0) 2920 783 026

European Banking Federation


The European Banking Federation is the voice of the European banking sector, bringing together national banking associations from across Europe. The federation is committed to a thriving European economy that is underpinned by a stable, secure and inclusive financial ecosystem, and to a flourishing society where financing is available to fund the dreams of citizens, businesses and innovators everywhere.