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No time to waste in completing the Banking Union

Blog post | 09 September 2021

The European Banking Union still awaits completion, with more work urgently needed to move towards a fully integrated system that delivers better crisis management, depositor protection and a stronger banking sector.

The European Commission has...

SRB’s new heat-map approach enhances resolvability assessment

Blog post | 22 July 2021

Making banks resolvable remains the SRB’s key priority [1]. Banks entered the Covid-19 crisis in a much better shape than during the 2008 financial crisis, and were instrumental for financing the economy. However, the pandemic also reminded stakeholders...

Asset Management Companies: the Spanish example

Blog post | 03 June 2021

In a severe banking crisis, the question of what to do with impaired assets is often raised. The most straightforward option, of selling the assets at a low price in a fire sale, can trigger an unnecessary destruction of value, with the banking framework...

System-wide events in the Public Interest Assessment

Blog post | 31 May 2021

The public interest assessment is a key safeguard in bank resolution, to protect taxpayers and financial stability. When faced with a failing bank, the SRB considers whether resolution best serves the public interest or whether the bank can go into normal...

Making good progress on resolvability

Blog post | 18 March 2021

There is no doubt that 2020 was a milestone year in many people’s lives. At the SRB, 2020 also saw us hit two major milestones from a resolution planning perspective.

The first of these was the introduction of a new resolution planning cycle (RPC)...

Banking Union – New Year, new momentum

Blog post | 21 January 2021

We ended 2020 with agreement on another important step on the road to the Banking Union.

The Eurogroup (in inclusive format) agreed to move forward with the reform of the European Stability Mechanism and to establish the common backstop to the Single...

A new year, a new impetus for the goal of financial stability

Blog post | 11 January 2021

New Year isn’t the only time that we, at the SRB, think about resolutions. Our focus is always on making banks resolvable so that we can promote financial stability and protect the taxpayer. However, as we head into a new year that I hope will be brighter...

A European Bad Bank – a necessary tool for financial stability?

Blog post | 28 December 2020

Andrea Enria’s recent comments in the Financial Times fanned the embers of the idea of a pan-European Asset Management Company, more commonly referred to as a European bad bank. Mr Enria promoted the idea as a possible tool for strengthening financial...

Brexit: get ready for changes

Blog post | 10 July 2020

Over the past few months, there has been an understandable focus on dealing with the effects of the Covid-19 outbreak on our economies. However, we should not forget some of the other challenges facing the European financial sector, among them the fact...

The SRB's fifth anniversary in times of an unprecedented pandemia

Blog post | 03 July 2020

Both because of its global scale and dramatic social and economic impact and because continued uncertainty regarding its ultimate scope and consequences, the crisis resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic is an unprecedented challenge being faced by global...

MREL: the next steps

Blog post | 17 June 2020

The economic shock of the Covid-19 outbreak has put the financial industry again in the spotlight – this time as vital players in mitigating the effects of the crisis, supported by national and European authorities. While the European banking sector...

COVID-19 crisis: the SRB's approach to MREL targets

Blog post | 08 April 2020

In this blog, I would like to provide additional clarity on the SRB’s approach to minimum requirements for own funds and eligible liabilities (MREL), taking the impact of the COVID-19 crisis into account.

First of all, the banking industry has made...

The case for explaining regulation and supervision to all

Blog post | 17 February 2020

At the height of the financial crisis, a survey showed that most young adults would rather go to the dentist than listen to a banker. That’s a painful finding on various levels. Arguably the financial sector lost the trust of the general public during the...

Resolution: from basics to readiness

Blog post | 15 January 2020

Welcome to our new blogging series! 

Look out for our next SRB Insights in 2020, we will invite authors from other EU institutions but also from the industry and academia to blog on our latest online platform. Different voices, different opinions, all...

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