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Balance in banking law: consumer rights vs. financial stability

The evolution of consumer rights is crucial to ensuring balance in the banking sector. Over the past few decades, these have evolved significantly, becoming increasingly focused on protecting the interests of clients. This trend has also been observed recently in Poland. But the question is whether consumer protection has gone too far. Piotr Szymański, an attorney at law and a banking law expert, aims to answer this question.

Excessive consumer protection in the banking sector: the search for balance

The Banking Law Congress is an event where the most pressing issues facing the financial sector are discussed. One of them is undoubtedly the announced change in the benchmark and the related concerns of bankers, especially in the context of existing client agreements. Our expert, Piotr Szymański, spoke at this year’s Congress about the challenging of benchmarks, claiming the invalidity of loan agreements and the direction consumer protection is taking.

“We are beginning to see a trend that may lead to abuse of law by consumers themselves. This is particularly evident in the case of loans, where consumers are being lured into lengthy court battles,” says Piotr Szymański.

He also points out that this should be of concern to both financial institutions and consumer organisations.

Challenging the foundations of financial institutions, including public and state institutions, could lead to the destabilisation of the financial system,” warns our expert.

Indeed, it is important to understand the complex balance that exists between consumer protection and the financial stability of the system as a whole.

From protection to abuse: the limits of consumer rights in the banking sector

In this context, Piotr Szymański describes in detail the risk of the economic phenomenon known as moral hazard – a situation where a high level of consumer protection leads consumers to make excessively risky decisions, the consequences of which they are often unaware of and which they would not normally make. Loan advisers can take advantage of this by recommending that clients take out variable rate loans without a clear explanation of the potential consequences.

The debate raises fundamental questions such as: could excessive consumer protection ultimately work against consumers? And could it be an obstacle to the banking sector, which is crucial to the country’s economic stability?

Piotr Szymański is convinced that a balance can be struck, stressing the need for a regulatory framework that protects consumer rights while taking into account the stability and security of the financial system.

Consumer protection dilemma: how to strike a balance in banking law

Understanding this mechanism is key to striking the right balance between consumer protection and financial sector stability. The issue of consumer over-protection and the consequent risk of moral hazard are important points for financial and legal institutions to consider.

The balance between consumer protection and financial system stability is the foundation on which banking law is built. We must keep this in mind in order not to create a situation where the scales tip to one side, which is not necessarily the right side,” cautions Piotr Szymański.

In conclusion, financial institutions should pay particular attention to the above issues to better understand the bank-client relationship, which would ultimately help to build a more stable financial system that better reflects consumer rights and interests.

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