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CMDI reform: the SRB view

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The EU has put in place robust rules for bank supervision and crisis management, including a strong resolution framework. We’ve seen these pay off, in terms of how the European banking sector has coped with a series of crises. The rules also ensured the...

Overlap between banks’ capital buffers and minimum requirements

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During the recent economic shocks caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and the more recent inflation surge, the EU banking system proved resilient and continued to provide lending to the real economy. In addition to the support provided to the economy by the...

Why the SRB needs a new vision

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As the SRB enters phase two of its existence, SRB Chair Dominique Laboureix shares his reasons for launching a strategic review of how the SRB works, which will feed into a new plan for Europe’s central, independent resolution authority.

Two months ago...

Euro area banks’ resilience

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Euro area banks have emerged from the pandemic largely unscathed, mainly due to the unprecedented support from governments, central banks, regulators and supervisors. Bank capital in the form of Common Equity Tier 1 even increased throughout the pandemic...

The public interest assessment and bank-insurance contagion

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The SRB is continuously enhancing its approach to the public interest assessment (PIA). This is the main policy tool used to assess whether a failing bank should be resolved in the public interest, or whether it can be liquidated under normal insolvency...

Priorities for 2022 – the SRB’s view

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The dawn of the New Year is not the only time that we at the SRB think about resolutions – we do that every day of the year! Our focus is always on making banks resolvable so that we can promote financial stability and protect the taxpayer. However, the...

Reinforcing crisis readiness with transfer tools

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The SRB’s role is to develop resolution plans that are ready for action at very short notice, for the banks under our remit. If a bank should fail, our goal is to make sure that happens in an organised and orderly way. We make sure that any critical roles...

No time to waste in completing the Banking Union

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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 recently...

SRB’s new heat-map approach enhances resolvability assessment

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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

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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

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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

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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) based...

Banking Union – New Year, new momentum

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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...

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