The opinions on the progress (or lack thereof) of the Capital Markets Union (CMU) project are certainly mixed. CMU remains as relevant as ever, but it needs new inspiration as well as political support. With the new European Parliament and European Commission, it is important to avoid the CMU becoming another legislative scoreboard. A long-term vision as well as strengthened enforcement is crucial. Last year’s forum focused on equity markets from an issuer and investor perspective. This year’s edition will bring together policymakers, industry representatives and academics in order to exchange views on the outlook for financial and economic conditions, the functioning of sovereign and corporate debt securities markets as well as sustainability in the insurance sector.