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At the European elections that took place in May 2014, Sharon stood down as an MEP and was not a candidate in the election.

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Catherine Bearder MEPCatherine Bearder MEP www.bearder.eu catherine@bearder.eu or call her UK office on 01865 249 838

For information, there are 9 other MEPs that now represent the South East region. They are:

  • Nirj Deva, Daniel Hannan, Richard Ashworth (Conservatives)
  • Anneliese Dodds (Labour)
  • Janice Atkinson, Nigel Farage, Ray Finch, Diane James (UKIP)
  • Keith Taylor (Green)

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Thank you to everyone who supported Sharon over her years as an MEP.

Archived content from Sharon's website is below and will remain online for a few more weeks before being removed.

MEP for South East England and Chair of the European Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee

Sharon is regularly named by the media and industry as one of the most influential Members of the European Parliament. Her expertise and hard work have received many plaudits.

She is the first Briton and first Liberal to ever chair the Parliament's powerful Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, where she plays a leading role in responding to the Eurozone financial crisis.

This website gives details of Sharon's work and campaigns. You may also view details of her Parliamentary expenses.

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Recent updates

  • Article: Jun 23, 2014

    Thank you for inviting me again at what is one of my last speeches as Chair of the ECON Committee.

    It has been a hectic five years, which I know you know, but as Commissioner Barnier keeps telling everyone how much work he has done I will give you the statistics for the Committee, which of course does more than just financial services. We have negotiated to completion some 60 - six zero - items of legislation, many of them very contentious and substantial. Just over half of those have been on financial services, most of the rest on economic governance and statistics.

  • Article: Jun 16, 2014

    The European Legislative System, G20 and EMIR

    The last five years has seen a huge review and extension of financial services regulation following on from the financial crisis. The big items, OTC derivatives clearing, bank capital and bank recovery and resolution have been internationally coordinated through G20 and the FSB. Then in Europe they are delivered through EU legislation. Having been at the heart of European financial legislation for the last five years, and now that we are at an institutional changeover period, it's a good time to take an overview of how it works, what has been done, what lies in wait and a bit of background on how we got to some of the decisions in EMIR.

  • Article: Jun 16, 2014
    By Sharon Bowles MEP


    As many of you will know I took the decision not to stand again in the recent European Elections, and so in a couple of weeks both my term of office as an MEP as well as Chair of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee in the European Parliament finishes.

    I hesitate to say this is lessons from the Chair so much as an overview of some of the last 5 years, but taken from my perspective.

  • Article: May 19, 2014

    Thank you very much for inviting me, I am going to talk about regulation, its consequences on growth and how to fill or address the funding gap, rather than how to 'kick start' growth.

    I'm doing that for two reasons. First, that is where my expertise and experience lies; and second, I don't think you can 'kick start' the economy.

  • Article: May 7, 2014

    It is a great pleasure to be here today and thank you for inviting me. You've worked all day already on post trade matters, which are part of the substantial changes that have been made to the regulatory landscape following on from the financial crisis.

    So rather than repeat issues that have been discussed and as I am coming to the end of my term as both an MEP and Chair of the ECON committee, I have been asked to give an overview about this extraordinary period of new regulation and where possible give some guidance on lessons for the future.

  • Article: May 2, 2014

    Banks without Borders

    Wolters Kluwer Financial Services seminar. London, 30 May 2014

    I have called this speech banks without borders - or should that be banques sans frontiers - because it references two of the points that I want to cover in what is quite a mixed bag.

    Banking Union, and is it really banking without borders, is one of those points.

  • Article: May 2, 2014

    Tax cooperation and competition

    At the Lord Mayor's Tax Forum, Mansion House, London, 30 May 2014

    During this last mandate of the European Parliament, fair payment of taxes has become a much bigger issue. There have always been concerns about tax havens, unfairness and the impact on developing countries, but the economic crisis and realisation that it is not only developing countries that suffer has made it mainstream. A Parliament study found that the EU lost up to one trillion a year due to tax evasion and avoidance, so in these times of repairing national balance sheets everyone is interested.

  • Article: May 2, 2014

    MiFID - Bucking Bronco on a high wire

    European Capital Markets Forum, London, 1 May 2014

    Thank you for inviting me to speak. I will try and give an overview of the MiFID2 negotiation process, touching on some key issues. Which I think provides you with the backdrop against which to pose questions.

    MiFID 1 was at the centre of the original Financial Services Action Plan to spread the single market into financial services, breaking up expensive trading monopolies, increasing competition and allowing cross border marketing throughout the EU.

  • Article: Apr 30, 2014

    I would like to address my comments to both sides of this subject, that is to both fragmentation and interconnectedness. The tendency is to talk about fragmentation between Member States, but interconnectedness between institutions.

    Fragmentation can mean many things and have many causes. Some of it is unwanted as it moves away from the concept of an integrated and single market. That which followed on from the financial crisis was for self-protection - by various parties.

  • Article: Apr 23, 2014

    Those of you familiar with the making of European legislation will know that the end game of negotiations sees long, often overnight sessions. We have had a lot of that, long, long days, including on MiFID. We finished our work for this mandate last Thursday; Eurostar problems meant it then took me 26 hours to get back from Strasbourg so in the recurring theme of long days I am calling this speech: ' Dog days, dogs of war and dogs that didn't bite'.