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Financial Market Integration in the Euro Area

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  • Carl Gjersem

Although there is no single yardstick to gauge the degree of integration, there is ample evidence that financial markets in the euro area have some way to go before national demarcation lines will effectively disappear and financial market integration is satisfactory. While there has been a push towards integration from the centre, global developments, such as advances in information technology, falling communication costs and standardisation of products, have been the main drivers, while national policies often acted as an impediment. The integration of financial markets finally became a policy priority with the adoption of the FSAP as part of the Cardiff process launched in 1998. For the European Union to have a fully satisfactory regulatory framework for financial markets in place in 2005, further efforts are needed. This paper takes stock of current developments and proposes a set of further suggestions for policy action ... L'intégration des marchés financiers dans la zone euro S’il n’existe pas d’étalon unique pour jauger le degré d’intégration, il apparaît clairement que les marchés financiers de la zone euro doivent encore évoluer avant que les lignes de démarcation nationales disparaissent réellement et que l’intégration soit satisfaisante. Certes, l’intégration a bénéficié d’une impulsion centrale, mais les évolutions mondiales, notamment les percées des technologies de l’information, la baisse des coûts des communications et la standardisation des produits, en ont été les principaux moteurs, alors que les politiques nationales ont souvent agi comme un frein. L’intégration des marchés financiers est finalement devenue une priorité avec l’adoption du Plan d’action pour les services financiers (PASF) dans le cadre du processus de Cardiff lancé en 1998. De nouveaux efforts s’imposent pour qu’un cadre de réglementation des marchés financiers tout à fait appropriés soit en place dans l’Union européenne en 2005. Ce document fait le point sur l’évolution ...

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Paper provided by OECD Publishing in its series OECD Economics Department Working Papers with number 368.

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Date of creation: 08 Oct 2003
Handle: RePEc:oec:ecoaaa:368-en
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