Latest news and press releases 2017

  • EBA advises the Commission to disallow the application of the 180 day past due exemption for material exposures

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) issued today its advice to the European Commission on the appropriateness of continuing to apply the 180 day past due (DPD) exemption for material exposures. Based on an analysis of data submitted by the institutions still using the 180 DPD criterion, the EBA recommends that this exemption be disallowed and all institutions should consequently rely on the 90 DPD regime for all exposures.

    22/12/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA issues guidance for the use of cloud service providers by financial institutions

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) launched today its final guidance for the use of cloud service providers by financial institutions. The EBA Recommendations clarify the EU-wide supervisory expectations if institutions intend to adopt cloud computing, so as to allow them to leverage the benefits of using cloud services, while ensuring that any related risks are adequately identified and managed.

    20/12/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA publishes full impact assessment of Basel reforms on EU banks

    Following up on the cumulative assessment published on 7 December 2017, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its full assessment quantifying the impact of the reform package recently agreed by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) on the European banking system.

    20/12/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA updates its quantitative analysis on MREL

    The EBA published today an updated quantitative analysis on the minimum requirement for own funds and eligible liabilities (MREL). Based on the same methodology and assumptions developed in the context of the MREL report published in December 2016, the EBA updated its estimates of capacity and funding needs of a representative sample of European banks to meet MREL under alternative scenarios. In this exercise, the EBA highlighted a modest improvement in the stack of MREL eligible instruments in 2016.

    20/12/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA publishes Opinion on the transition from PSD1 to PSD2

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today an Opinion addressed to competent authorities on the transition from the existing Payment Services Directive (PSD1) to the revised Directive (PSD2), which will apply from 13 January 2018. In its Opinion, the EBA clarifies a number of issues identified by market participants and competent authorities, including with regard to the transitional period foreseen under PSD2.

    19/12/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA technical standards will help reduce divergent practices in the application of simplified obligations and waivers in recovery and resolution planning

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today a Report on the application of simplified obligations and waivers in recovery and resolution planning and its final draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) specifying the eligibility criteria to determine whether institutions could be subject to simplified obligations when drafting such plans. The Report shows that across the EU, significantly divergent practices apply. Differences have been identified both in the assessment of institutions’ eligibility for simplified obligations, as well as in determining the reduced scope of the recovery and resolution planning requirements laid down in the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD). The RTS should help reduce some of the observed divergent practices by increasing harmonisation in simplified obligations eligibility assessment methodologies applied by national authorities.

    19/12/2017 - Press releases

  • ESAs publish final draft technical standards amending margin requirements for non-centrally cleared OTC derivatives

    The European Supervisory Authorities (EBA, EIOPA, ESMA - ESAs) published today their jointly developed draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) amending the framework of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) with regard to physically settled foreign exchange (FX) forwards. These amendments aim at aligning the treatment of variation margin for physically-settled FX forwards with the supervisory guidance applicable in other key jurisdictions.

    19/12/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA publishes Discussion Paper on EU implementation of the revised market and counterparty credit risk frameworks

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today a Discussion Paper on the implementation in the European Union (EU) of the revised market risk and counterparty credit risk frameworks, i.e. the Fundamental Review of the Trading Book (FRTB) and the Standardised Approach for Counterparty Credit Risk (SA-CCR). This paper discusses some of the most important technical and operational challenges to implement the FRTB and SA-CCR in the EU. The paper aims at providing some preliminary views on how these implementation issues could be addressed and, at the same time, seeks early feedback from the stakeholders on the proposals. The paper also puts forward a roadmap for the development of the regulatory deliverables on the FRTB and SA-CCR included in the CRR2 proposal. The consultation runs until 15 March 2018.

    18/12/2017 - News

  • EBA consults on amended technical standards on benchmarking of internal models

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) launched today a consultation to amend the Commission Implementing Regulation on benchmarking of internal models to adjust the benchmarking portfolios and reporting requirements in view of the benchmarking exercise the EBA will carry out in 2019. The proposed changes reduce uncertainties in the credit risk portfolios, thus aiming at fostering a common and coherent interpretation and implementation of the reporting requirements across EU institutions. The consultation will run until 31 January 2018.

    18/12/2017 - News

  • EBA report shows that EU banks comply with LCR requirement of 100% ahead of its full implementation

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its fourth impact assessment Report for the liquidity coverage ratio (LCR), which shows that EU banks have continued to improve their LCR since 2011. At the reporting date of 31 December 2016, EU banks’ average LCR was significantly above the 100% minimum requirement, which will have to be fully implemented by 1 January 2018. In addition, a more in-depth analysis suggests that the LCR regulation, together with capital standards and stable funding, have helped banks increase their lending to real economy. The Report is based on liquidity data and wider bank balance sheet statistics from 157 EU banks across 16 Member States.

    18/12/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA consults on draft Technical Standards on risk retention for securitisation transactions

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) launched today a public consultation on its draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) specifying the requirements for originators, sponsors and original lenders related to risk retention as laid down in the new EU securitisation framework (STS Regulation). The RTS aim to provide clarity on the requirements relating to risk retention, thus reducing the risk of moral hazard and aligning interests. The consultation runs until 15 March 2018.

    15/12/2017 - News

  • EBA consults on the homogeneity of underlying exposures in securitisation

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) launched today a public consultation on draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) specifying a set of criteria for the underlying exposures in securitisation to be deemed homogeneous, as part of the requirements under the new EU securitisation framework. The homogeneity requirement aims to facilitate the assessment of underlying risks by investors and to enable them to perform robust due diligence. Its application is, therefore, one of prerequisites for a more risk sensitive regulatory treatment of the securitisation. The RTS are applicable to both asset-backed commercial paper (ABCP) and non-ABCP securitisations. The consultation runs until 15 March 2018.

    15/12/2017 - News

  • EBA publishes updated ITS package for 2018 benchmarking exercise

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today an update to its Implementing Technical Standards (ITS) on benchmarking of internal approaches, which define the benchmarking portfolios for the 2018 benchmarking exercise.

    14/12/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA publishes its standardised data templates as a step to reduce NPLs

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today data templates that will create the foundation for NPL transactions across the EU. The templates will provide a common EU data set for the screening, financial due diligence and valuation during NPL transactions. An extended use of the templates is expected to widen the investor base, lower entry barriers to potential investors, improve data quality and availability, support price discovery and facilitate the development of the NPL secondary market.

    14/12/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA issues Opinion on measures to address macroprudential risk

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today an Opinion following the notification by the Central Bank of Cyprus (CBC) of its intention to apply stricter liquidity requirements in order to address an increase in macroprudential risk, based on Article 458 of the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR).

    13/12/2017 - News

  • EBA publishes final draft technical standards on the future EBA register under the Payment Services Directive

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its final draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) and implementing technical standards (ITS) on the EBA electronic central register under the Payment Services Directive (PSD2). The RTS specify the procedures competent authorities (CAs) should follow when providing information to the EBA and those that apply to the EBA when processing and publishing that information. The ITS specify the information that will be made available on the EBA Register. The aim of the EBA Register is to provide transparency on the operation of payment and e-money institutions across the EU, enhance cooperation between competent authorities in the Member States and ensure a high level of consumer protection.

    13/12/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA publishes final Guidelines on security measures under PSD2

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its final Guidelines on security measures for operational and security risks of payments services under the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2). These Guidelines, which the EBA developed in close cooperation with the European Central Bank (ECB), are in support of the objective of PSD2 of contributing to an integrated payments market across the European Union, promoting equal conditions for competition, and mitigating the increased security risks arising from electronic payments. This, in turn, minimises disruption to users, payment service providers and payment systems.

    12/12/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA publishes final draft technical standards on central contact points under PSD2

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its final draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) on Central Contact Points under the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2). The RTS specify the criteria for determining when the appointment of a central contact point in a host Member State (MS) is appropriate and the functions that these contact points should fulfill. These RTS are in support of the objective of PSD2 of facilitating the supervision by competent authorities (CAs) of the networks of agents used by payment institutions (PIs) and electronic money institutions (EMIs) for providing cross-border payment services under the right of establishment.

    11/12/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA issues revised list of ITS validation rules

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) issued today a revised list of validation rules in its Implementing Technical Standards (ITS) on supervisory reporting, highlighting those which have been deactivated either for incorrectness or for triggering IT problems. Competent Authorities throughout the EU are informed that data submitted in accordance with these ITS should not be formally validated against the set of deactivated rules.

    08/12/2017 - News

  • EBA welcomes the revised Basel framework and provides an overview of its impact in the EU

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) welcomes the agreement reached on the finalisation of the Basel III framework by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS), which concludes the global post-crisis prudential reforms. ‘Strong international standards are an essential common yardstick that will support a safe and sound cross-border banking on a global scale’ Andrea Enria, Chairperson of the EBA, said in welcoming the Basel agreement. ‘The EBA is committed to engaging with Competent Authorities and European co-legislators to ensure a successful implementation of the standards in the EU’ Enria added. The EBA published today a summary of the results showing the impact of the agreed reforms on the EU banking sector.

    07/12/2017 - Press releases

  • ESAs publish amended technical standards on the mapping of ECAIs

    The Joint Committee of the three European Supervisory Authorities (EBA, EIOPA and ESMA - ESAs) published today two amended Implementing Technical Standards (ITS) on the mapping of credit assessments of External Credit Assessment Institutions (ECAIs) for credit risk. The amendments reflect the recognition of five new credit rating agencies (CRAs) and the deregistration of one CRA. The ITS are part of the EU Single Rulebook for banking and insurance aimed at creating a safe and sound regulatory framework consistently applicable across the European Union (EU).

    07/12/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA closes breach of Union law investigation against DNB and will monitor transitional measures adopted to redress the case

    The Breach of Union Law Panel of the European Banking Authority (EBA) decided to close the breach of Union Law investigation (BUL) on Dutch supervisory regime governing proprietary traders it had opened against the Dutch Central Bank (DNB). The BUL panel’s conclusion followed the decision taken by the DNB on 13 November 2017 to redress the breach of Union law by terminating the current national prudential framework for traders for own account. The DNB will notify the EBA on capital conservation plans adopted by the firms concerned and the EBA will monitor the application of these transitional measures.

    06/12/2017 - Press releases

  • ESAs publish draft technical standards to strengthen group-wide management of money laundering and terrorist financing risks

    The Joint Committee of the three European Supervisory Authorities (EBA, EIOPA and ESMA - ESAs) published today its draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) specifying how credit and financial institutions should manage money laundering and terrorist financing (ML/TF) risks at group level where they have branches or majority-owned subsidiaries based in third countries whose laws do not permit the application of group-wide policies and procedures on anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT).‎ These RTS are part of the ESAs' wider work on fostering a common approach to AML/CFT and will contribute to creating a level playing field across the European Union's financial sector.

    06/12/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA formally repeals its Guidelines on retail deposits subject to different outflows for the purpose of liquidity reporting

    On 10 February 2016, the European Commission adopted Regulation (EU) 2016/322 (Implementing technical standard – ITS – on reporting on Liquidity Coverage Ratio – LCR), which has become applicable as of September 2016 and adapted to the Commission LCR Delegated Regulation. As a result, the EBA decided to formally repeal its Guidelines setting out the criteria for identifying retail deposits subject to different outflows for the purpose of liquidity reporting, issued in December 2013, as they have been superseded by the LCR Delegated Regulation and are no longer applicable for liquidity reporting purposes.

    27/11/2017 - News

  • EBA sees a more resilient EU banking sector but challenges in NPLs, IT security and long-term profitability remain

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its tenth report on risks and vulnerabilities in the EU banking sector. The report is accompanied by the 2017 EU-wide transparency exercise, which provides key data in a comparable and accessible format for 132 banks across the EU. The data shows further resilience in the EU banking sector amid a benign macroeconomic and financial environment, with an additional strengthening of the capital position, an improvement of asset quality and a slight increase of profitability. However, further progress on NPLs is needed whilst the long-term sustainability of prevailing business models remains a challenge. The importance of robust data management and IT and operational resilience is also a priority.

    24/11/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA observes good progress in implementation of SREP Guidelines but challenges remain in convergence of capital adequacy assessments and determination of Pillar 2 requirements

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its third annual Report on the convergence of supervisory practices across the EU. The Report reviews consistency in the application of the Supervisory Review and Evaluation Process (SREP) in order to promote comparable supervisory approaches and consistency in supervisory outcomes across the single market. This is necessary for a level playing field, effective supervision of cross border groups, and to identify supervisory best practices.

    21/11/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA welcomes Council decision on its relocation

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) welcomes the Council’s decision on its relocation to Paris, in light of the UK’s intention to withdraw from the EU. This is an important decision for the Authority that guarantees a seamless continuation of its activities by reassuring its current and future staff over the new location and putting an end to a period of uncertainty. The EBA is confident that France will support the Authority to ensure a smooth transition, which is crucial to continue delivering on its mission objectives of maintaining financial stability in the EU and safeguarding the integrity, efficiency and orderly functioning of the banking sector.

    20/11/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA publishes final Guidelines on the estimation of risk parameters under the IRB Approach

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its final Guidelines on the estimation of risk parameters for non-defaulted exposures - namely of the probability of default (PD) and the loss given default (LGD), and on the treatment of defaulted exposures under the advanced IRB Approach, including estimation of parameters such as ELBE and LGD in-default. These Guidelines, which are part of the EBA’s regulatory review of the IRB approach, aim to restore market participants’ trust in internal models by reducing the unjustified variability in their outcomes, ensuring comparability of risk estimates while at the same time preserving risk sensitivity of capital requirements.

    20/11/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA publishes methodology for the 2018 EU-wide stress test

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) publishes today its final methodology for the 2018 EU-wide stress test, following a discussion with industry in summer 2017. The methodology covers all relevant risk areas and, for the first time, incorporates IFRS 9 accounting standards. The stress test exercise will be formally launched in January 2018 and the results to be published by 2 November 2018.

    17/11/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA updates list of CET1 instruments

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its sixth updated list of capital instruments that Competent Authorities (CAs) across the European Union (EU) have classified as Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1). Since the publication of the previous update in May 2017, some new CET1 instruments have been assessed and evaluated as compliant with the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR). The list will be maintained and updated on a regular basis.

    17/11/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA acknowledges the Commission adoption of amended supervisory reporting standards

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) acknowledged the adoption by the European Commission of the Implementing Act amending Regulation (EU) No 680/2014 (Implementing Technical Standards on Supervisory Reporting) with regard to amendments to COREP and Additional Monitoring Metrics for liquidity as well as other amendments. The Implementing Act, which is based on the final draft ITS on supervisory reporting submitted by the EBA in April 2017, was adopted by the Commission on 9 November 2017. Its publication in the EU Official Journal is still pending. The amended requirements will apply as of 1 March 2018 (reporting framework v2.7).

    15/11/2017 - News

  • EBA republishes DPM and XBRL taxonomy 2.7 for remittance of supervisory reporting

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today a corrective update (2.7.0.1) to the XBRL taxonomy that Competent Authorities shall use for the remittance of data under the EBA Implementing Technical Standards (ITS) on supervisory reporting. The revised taxonomy will be used for the first report of Financial Reporting (FinRep) requirements compiled under IFRS 9.

    15/11/2017 - News

  • EBA observes good level of compliance with its guidelines on O-SIIs

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today a Report on the peer review carried out to evaluate the implementation of its Guidelines on the criteria for the assessment and identification of other systemically important institutions (O-SIIs) across the EU. Overall, the peer review concluded that the majority of the authorities are compliant with the EBA Guidelines, although some of its requirements have not been fully applied in all jurisdictions.

    15/11/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA releases its annual assessment of the consistency of internal model outcomes

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today two reports on the consistency of risk weighted assets (RWAs) across all EU institutions authorised to use internal approaches for the calculation of capital requirements. The reports cover credit risk for large corporate, institutions, and sovereign portfolios (collectively referred to as "low default portfolios" - LDP), as well as market risk. The results confirm previous findings, with the majority of risk-weights (RWs) variability explained by fundamentals. These benchmarking exercises, conducted by the EBA on an annual basis are a fundamental supervisory and convergence tool to address unwarranted inconsistencies and restoring trust in internal models.

    14/11/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA publishes final guidance on connected clients

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its final Guidelines on the treatment of connected clients as defined in the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR), aiming at supporting institutions in identifying all possible connections among their clients, in particular when control relationships or economic dependency should lead to the grouping of clients because they constitute a single risk. The guidelines apply to all areas of the CRR where the concept of ‘group of connected client’ is used, including the EBA technical standards and the EBA guidelines that refer to that concept.

    14/11/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA publishes an Opinion and Report on regulatory perimeter issues relating to the CRDIV/CRR

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today an Opinion addressed to the European Parliament, Council and European Commission, on matters relating to the regulatory perimeter under the Capital Requirements Directive/Regulation (CRDIV/CRR). These include the use of Articles 2(5) and 9(2) CRDIV and the interpretation of the terms 'financial institution' and 'ancillary services undertaking' as defined in the CRR. The Opinion is based on the results of a detailed assessment across the EU of the prudential treatment of 'other financial intermediaries' (OFIs), i.e. those entities carrying out credit intermediation activities that are not credit institutions nor other specified types of financial entity. The results of this assessment are included in a Report also published today.‎ The EBA's findings are relevant to the consideration of the legislative proposals to amend the CRDIV/CRR.

    09/11/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA launches consultation on technical standards specifying the methods of prudential consolidation

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) launched today a consultation on draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) specifying the different methods of prudential consolidation, which can be applied when certain conditions and criteria are met. The aim of these draft RTS is to ensure that the appropriate method of prudential consolidation is applied for the calculation of the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR) requirements on a consolidated basis. The con-sultation runs until 09 February 2018.

    09/11/2017 - News

  • EBA publishes final guidance on supervision of significant branches

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) publishes today its final Guidelines on the supervision of significant branches. Prompted by the increasing demand to establish branches across the European Union, these Guidelines are designed to facilitate cooperation and coordination between the Competent Authorities involved in the prudential supervision of significant branches of EU institutions established in another Member State. In particular, these Guidelines will facilitate cooperation and coordination of supervision of the largest and systemically important branches, the so-called ‘significant-plus’ branches.

    01/11/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA recommends proportionate approach in coverage of entities in banking group recovery plans

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its final Recommendation on the coverage of entities in banking group recovery plans. This Recommendation, addressed to both Competent Authorities and institutions, aims at defining common criteria to identify entities that need to be covered in group recovery plans, as well as the extent of such coverage. These criteria will help institutions avoid a fragmented approach in providing information in recovery plans and gain a better understanding of the relevant supervisory expectations.

    01/11/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA launches consultations to strengthen the Pillar 2 framework

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) in accordance with its Pillar 2 Roadmap, published in April 2017, launched today a public consultation to review three guidelines aimed at further enhancing institutions’ risk management and supervisory convergence in the supervisory review and examination process (SREP). The revisions focus on stress testing, particularly its use in setting Pillar 2 capital guidance (P2G), as well as interest rate risk in the banking book (IRRBB). The consultations on all three guidelines run until 31 January 2018.

    31/10/2017 - News

  • EBA provides overview of Competent Authorities implementation and transposition of the CRD IV package

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) updated today all the information disclosed by EU Competent Authorities according to its Implementing Technical Standards (ITS) on supervisory disclosure, which were published in the EU Official Journal on 4 June 2014. This information, published in an aggregated format, provides an overview of the implementation and transposition of the Capital Requirements Directive (CRD IV) and Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR) across the EU. It also provides a detailed picture of the use of options and national discretions by each Competent Authority as well as information on the general criteria and methodologies used for the purpose of the supervisory review and evaluation process (SREP). Through such disclosure, the EBA remains committed to providing meaningful comparisons across the EU and to promoting supervisory convergence.

    30/10/2017 - News

  • EBA announces final timeline for the 2018 EU-wide stress test

    The Board of Supervisors of the European Banking Authority (EBA) agreed in its meeting held on 24-25 October 2017 on the final timeline of the 2018 EU-wide stress test. The exercise is expected to be launched at the beginning of 2018 and the results to be published by 2 November 2018. The EBA, in co-operation with Competent Authorities, is now in the process of finalising the methodology and templates with the objective of sharing them with participating banks ahead of the launch.

    30/10/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA consults on requirements for home-host cooperation under PSD2

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) launched today a public consultation on draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) specifying the framework for cooperation and the exchange of information between competent authorities under the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2). The RTS also clarify the type of information as well as the templates to be used by payment institutions when reporting to the competent authorities of the host Member States on the payment business activities carried out in their territories. The consultation runs until 5 January 2018.

    27/10/2017 - News

  • EBA updates list of public sector entities for the calculation of capital requirements

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today an updated list of public sector entities (PSEs) that may be treated as regional governments, local authorities or central governments for the calculation of capital requirements, in accordance with the EU Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR).

    18/10/2017 - News

  • EBA publishes final Guidelines on procedures for complaints of alleged infringements of PSD2

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its final Guidelines on complaints procedures to be followed by competent authorities (CAs) to ensure and monitor effective compliance by payment service providers (PSPs) with the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2). These Guidelines are part of the EBA’s work to support the core objectives of PSD2 of strengthening the integrated payments market across the European Union, ensuring a consistent, efficient and effective application of the legislative framework and promoting transparency.

    13/10/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA provides guidance to authorities and institutions on Brexit relocations

    The EBA published today an Opinion on Brexit to ensure the consistent application of Union legislation to businesses seeking to establish or enhance their EU27 presence in order to retain access to the EU Single Market. The Opinion aims at providing greater certainty to firms and ultimately at ensuring a level playing field. In the Opinion, the EBA addresses a number of relevant policy topics relating to authorisations, the prudential regulation and supervision of investment firms, internal models, outsourcing, internal governance, risk transfers via back-to-back and intragroup operations, and resolution and deposit guarantee scheme issues. The EBA will monitor how the Opinion will be applied in practice by authorities and will continue its policy and risk analysis work in relation to the challenges posed by Brexit.

    12/10/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA corrects portfolio identifiers for 2018 benchmarking exercise to ensure effective data validation

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) rectified today Annex 1 of its Implementing Technical Standards (ITS) on benchmarking of internal approaches, which had been amended on 4 May 2017 to define the benchmarking portfolios for the 2018 benchmarking exercise.

    12/10/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA consults on reporting for resolution plans

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) launched today a consultation to amend the Implementing Technical Standards (ITS) on the information which institutions must provide to resolution authorities for the purpose of drawing up and implementing resolution plans. This review aims to update the framework taking into account the latest experience available in the areas of resolution planning and supervisory reporting. The consultation runs until 11 December 2017.

    11/10/2017 - News

  • EBA updated Risk Dashboard shows slight improvement of EU banks capital level but NPLs still affect their profitability

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today a periodical update of its Risk Dashboard summarising the main risks and vulnerabilities in the EU banking sector through a set of Risk Indicators in Q2 2017. The progress is positive, but risks remain heightened on asset quality and sustainable profitability.

    05/10/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA publishes work programme for 2018

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its detailed annual work programme for 2018, describing the specific activities and tasks of the Authority for the coming year, as well as a multiannual work programme, highlighting the key strategic areas of work from 2018 to 2021.

    05/10/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA issues Opinion on the design of a new prudential framework for investment firms

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its Opinion on the design and calibration of a new prudential framework for investment firms, which is specifically tailored to the needs of investment firms' different business models and inherent risks. The Opinion includes a series of recommendations aiming to develop a single and harmonised set of requirements that are reasonably simple, proportionate and relevant to the nature of investment firms authorised to provide MiFID services and activities.

    29/09/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA and US Agencies conclude Framework Cooperation Arrangement on Bank Resolution

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) has signed a Framework Cooperation Arrangement with several US financial regulatory Agencies. The Framework Cooperation Arrangement lays out the basis for subsequent cooperation arrangements on bank crisis management and resolution between any of the EU Supervisory or Resolution Authorities and any of the participating US Agencies. This Framework Cooperation Arrangement has the objective to promote resolution planning and cooperation for cross-border institutions.

    29/09/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA and ESMA provide guidance to assess the suitability of management body members and key function holders

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) and the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) have published their joint Guidelines to assess the suitability of members of management bodies and key function holders. These Guidelines aim to harmonise and improve suitability assessments within EU financial sectors, and to ensure sound governance arrangements in financial institutions in line with the Capital Requirements Directive (CRD IV) and the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II). The Guidelines highlight the importance for institutions to consider whether candidates have the knowledge, qualification and skills necessary to safeguard proper and prudent management of the institution. The Guidelines also foster more diverse management bodies and, therefore, contribute to improved risk oversight and resilience of institutions.

    26/09/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA publishes guidance to further harmonise EU banks internal governance

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) has published today its revised Guidelines on Internal Governance. These Guidelines aim at further harmonising institutions' internal governance arrangements, processes and mechanisms across the EU, in line with the new requirements in this area introduced in the Capital Requirements Directive (CRD IV) and also taking into account the proportionality principle. Effective internal governance is fundamental if individual institutions and the banking system as a whole are to operate well.

    26/09/2017 - Press releases

  • ESAs provide guidance to prevent terrorist financing and money laundering in electronic fund transfers

    The Joint Committee of the three European Supervisory Authorities (EBA, EIOPA and ESMA - ESAs) published today guidelines to prevent the abuse of funds transfers for terrorist financing and money laundering purposes. These guidelines are part of the ESAs' wider work on fostering a consistent approach to Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) and promote a common understanding of payment service providers' obligations in this area

    22/09/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA consults on amendments to technical standards on supervisory disclosure

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) launched today a consultation to amend the Implementing Technical Standards (ITS) on supervisory disclosure, which specify the format, structure, contents list and annual publication date of the supervisory information to be disclosed by competent authorities. The revised draft ITS will incorporate the changes to the EU legal framework and the establishment of the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM). The consultation runs until 22 December 2017.

    22/09/2017 - News

  • EBA welcomes the Commission proposal to strengthen the framework for its operation

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) welcomed today the European Commission’s proposal to adjust and upgrade its current framework to ensure the Authority is adequately equipped in terms of powers, governance and funding. In particular, the EBA welcomes its strengthened competencies in the areas of supervisory convergence and mediation, supporting the EBA’s enhanced focus on more integrated and consistent supervisory processes and outcomes in the Single Market.

    20/09/2017 - News

  • EBA launches consultation on significant risk transfer in securitisation

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) launched today a public consultation on its discussion paper on significant risk transfer in securitisation. This work builds on the EBA’s monitoring activity of supervisory practices in the area of significant risk transfer, which the Authority started in 2014 with the publication of the EBA Guidelines on this topic. The discussion paper aims at seeking stakeholders’ views on how to further harmonise the regulation and supervision of the risk transfer through securitisation. The EBA’s proposals are based on the newly agreed European securitisation legislation. The consultation runs until 19 December 2017.

    19/09/2017 - News

  • The EBA CRDIV CRR Basel III monitoring exercise shows further improvement of EU banks capital leverage and liquidity ratios

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its twelfth Report of the CRDIV-CRR/Basel III monitoring exercise on the European banking system. This exercise presents aggregate data on EU banks’ capital, leverage, and liquidity ratios assuming full implementation of the CRD IV-CRR/Basel III framework. Overall, the results, based on data as of 31 December 2016, show a further improvement of European banks' capital positions, with a total average Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) ratio of 13.4% (12.8% as of 30 June 2016). This exercise does not reflect any BCBS standards agreed since the beginning of 2016 or any other measures currently being considered by the BCBS.

    12/09/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA issues revised list of ITS validation rules

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) issued today a revised list of validation rules in its Implementing Technical Standards (ITS) on supervisory reporting, highlighting those which have been deactivated either for incorrectness or for triggering IT problems. Competent Authorities throughout the EU are informed that data submitted in accordance with these ITS should not be formally validated against the set of deactivated rules.

    11/09/2017 - News

  • EBA publishes final technical standards on MREL reporting by resolution authorities

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its final draft implementing technical standards (ITS) specifying templates and procedures resolution authorities should follow when informing the EBA of the minimum requirement for own funds and eligible liabilities (MREL) that have been set for institutions under their jurisdiction. These standards will enable the EBA to monitor the consistency of MREL implementation across the EU.

    05/09/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA updates list of public sector entities for the calculation of capital requirements

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today an updated list of public sector entities (PSEs) that may be treated as regional governments, local authorities or central governments for the calculation of capital requirements, in accordance with the EU Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR).

    14/08/2017 - News

  • The EBA updates data used for the identification of global systemically important institutions (G-SIIs)

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today 12 indicators and underlying data from the 35 largest institutions in the EU, whose leverage ratio exposure measure exceeds EUR 200 bn. In 2015, the number of banks with a leverage ratio exposure measure exceeding EUR 200 bn was 36 and 3 banks have changed in the sample. This end-2016 data contributes to the internationally agreed basis on which a smaller subset of banks will be identified as global systemically important institutions (G-SIIs), following the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) and the Financial Stability Board (FSB) final assessments.

    11/08/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA publishes a Discussion Paper on its approach to FinTech

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today a Discussion Paper on its approach to financial technology (FinTech). The EBA sets out in the Discussion Paper the results of the first EU-wide FinTech mapping exercise and its proposals for future work on FinTech.

    04/08/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA consults on fraud reporting requirements under PSD2

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) launched today a public consultation on its draft Guidelines on reporting requirements on statistical data on fraud under the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2). The Guidelines, which are addressed to payment service providers and competent authorities, are aimed at contributing to the objective of PSD2 to increase the security of retail payments in the EU. The consultation runs until 03 November 2017.

    02/08/2017 - News

  • EBA updates list of public sector entities for the calculation of capital requirements

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today an updated list of public sector entities (PSEs) that may be treated as regional governments, local authorities or central governments for the calculation of capital requirements, in accordance with the EU Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR).

    01/08/2017 - News

  • EBA issues Opinion on measures to address macroprudential risk

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today an Opinion following the notification by the Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority (FIN-FSA) of its intention to modify capital requirements in order to address an increase in macroprudential risk, based on Article 458 of the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR).

    01/08/2017 - News

  • EBA reports show that banks funding plans paint an optimistic outlook for growth whilst NPLs remain a drag on EU banks new lending

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today two reports on EU banks’ funding plans and asset encumbrance respectively. The reports aim to provide important information for EU supervisors to assess the sustainability of banks’ main sources of funding. The results of the assessment show that banks plan to increase their lending and to expand deposits as well as market based funding.

    31/07/2017 - Press releases

  • ESAs advise on Packaged Retail and Insurance-Based Investment Products with environmental or social objectives

    The European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) submitted today their Technical Advice to the European Commission to set minimum requirements, which manufacturers of packaged retail and insurance-based investment products with environmental or social objectives (EOS PRIIPs) should comply with to ensure that they offer products that meet the retail investors’ needs.

    28/07/2017 - News

  • EBA publishes Final Guidelines on major incident reporting under PSD2

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today the Final Guidelines on major incident reporting under the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2). The Guidelines were developed in close cooperation with the European Central Bank (ECB), are addressed to all payment services providers and competent authorities in the 28 EU Member States, and contribute to the objective of the PSD2 of minimizing disruption to users, payment service providers and payment systems.

    27/07/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA consults on the future EBA register under the Payment Services Directive

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) launched today a public consultation on the draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) and implementing technical standards (ITS) on the EBA electronic central register under the Payment Services Directive (PSD2), which respectively set requirements on the development, operation and maintenance of the register and the information to be contained in it. The consultation runs until 18 September 2017.

    24/07/2017 - News

  • ESAs Joint Board of Appeal decides on FinancialCraft Analytics appeal against ESMA registration decision

    The Joint Board of Appeal of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs – European Banking Authority, European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority, and European Securities and Markets Authority) published today its decision in an appeal brought by FinancialCraft Analytics Sp. z o.o. (formerly named Global Rating Sp. z o.o.) against a decision of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA).

    20/07/2017 - News

  • EBA outlines roadmap to strengthen the monitoring of ECAIs

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its future work plan on credit assessments issued by External Credit Assessment Institutions (ECAIs). Besides its ongoing work on the mapping of ECAIs’ credit assessments, the EBA plans to strengthen the monitoring and quality of such mapping used for the determination of capital requirements, which may be calculated based on the relevant credit assessments produced by the current 25 credit rating agencies (30 in the future).

    18/07/2017 - News

  • EBA amends Decision on the quality of unsolicited credit assessments of certain ECAIs for the assignment of risk weights

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today a revised Decision confirming the quality of unsolicited credit assessments assigned by certain External Credit Assessment Institutions (ECAIs) for calculating institutions' capital requirements. The revised Decision, which reflects the recognition of five additional ECAIs and the de-registering of one ECAI, is part of the Single Rulebook in banking and will ensure regulatory harmonisation across the European Union (EU) regarding the use of unsolicited credit ratings for determining institutions' own funds requirements.

    18/07/2017 - Press releases

  • ESAs consult on amendments to technical standards on the mapping of ECAIs

    The Joint Committee of the three European Supervisory Authorities (EBA, EIOPA and ESMA - ESAs) launched today a public consultation to amend the Implementing Regulations on the mapping of credit assessments of External Credit Assessment Institutions (ECAIs) for credit risk to reflect the recognition of five new credit rating agencies (CRAs) and the deregistration of one CRA. The Implementing Regulations are part of the EU Single Rulebook for banking and insurance aimed at creating a safe and sound regulatory framework consistently applicable across the European Union (EU). The consultation runs until 18/09/2017.

    18/07/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA publishes final standards specifying information requirements for the authorisation of credit institutions

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today (i) its final draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) on the information applicants shall provide to competent authorities when applying for authorisation as credit institutions, and (ii) its final draft implementing technical standards (ITS) related to the templates to be used for the provision of such information. Overall, these final draft technical standards aim at promoting convergence of supervisory practices regarding the assessment of the applications by prescribing a common set of information to be submitted to the competent authorities whilst securing a proportionate and workable approach that takes into account differences in applicants’ size and proposed business models.

    14/07/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA consults on guidelines on uniform disclosure of IFRS 9 transitional arrangements

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) launched today a consultation on a set of Guidelines specifying a uniform format for the institutions’ disclosure requirements of IFRS 9 and analogous expected credit losses (ECLs) transitional arrangements. The Guidelines aim at increasing consistency and comparability of the information disclosed by institutions during the transition to the full implementation of the new accounting standard, and at ensuring market discipline. The consultation runs until 13 September 2017.

    13/07/2017 - News

  • EBA updates on the impact of IFRS 9 on banks across the EU and highlights current implementation issues

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today a Report including some qualitative and quantitative observations of its second impact assessment of IFRS 9. This exercise, which follows up on the first impact assessment published in November 2016, has confirmed the EBA’s initial observations on the stage of preparation for the implementation of IFRS 9 and the estimated impact of IFRS 9 on regulatory own funds.

    13/07/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA publishes final Guidelines on authorisation and registration under PSD2

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its final Guidelines on the information to be provided by applicants intending to obtain authorisation as payment and electronic money institutions as well as to register as account information service providers (AISP) under the revised Payment Service Directive (PSD2). These Guidelines are in support of the objective of the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2) of contributing to an integrated payments market across the European Union, ensuring a consistent application of the legislative framework, and promoting equal conditions for competition.

    11/07/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA enhances transparency on Deposit Guarantee Schemes across the EU

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today data relating to two key concepts in the Deposit Guarantee Schemes Directive (DGDS): available financial means, and covered deposits. The data provides an overview of the level of pre-funded resources available to each Deposit Guarantee Scheme (DGS) in the EU to cover its potential liabilities to depositors. The pre-funded available financial means of each DGS are in the process of being built up under a new funding model introduced in 2014. However, the deposit guarantee of €100,000 (or equivalent in local currency) remains fully in effect, and built up available financial means are only one source of funding for EU DGSs. With this publication, which will be done on a yearly basis, the EBA will contribute to enhance transparency and public accountability of DGSs across the EU to the benefit of depositors, markets, policymakers, DGSs and Members States.

    11/07/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA publishes Final Guidelines on Professional Indemnity Insurance under PSD2

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its final Guidelines under the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2), on the criteria on how to stipulate the minimum monetary amount of the professional indemnity insurance (PII) or other comparable guarantee for payment initiation services (PIS) and account information services (AIS). Undertakings intending to carry out these services will need PII cover or a comparable guarantee as a prerequisite to be granted authorisation. The Guidelines, therefore, contribute to the overall objectives of PSD2, by strengthening the liability regime governing the interactions between the different actors involved in electronic payment transactions.

    07/07/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA launches supplementary data collection to support the new prudential framework for investment firms

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) launched today a supplementary data collection aimed at supporting the response to the European Commission’s Call for Advice on the new prudential framework for investment firms. This exercise follows up on the first data collection launched on 15 July 2016 and the EBA Discussion Paper published on 4 November 2016, in which the EBA consulted on its proposals for developing a new prudential framework. In light of the feedback received in the consultation and the additional analysis undertaken, many valuable improvements have been made to the initial proposals. As a result, the EBA considers necessary to launch a supplementary data collection to support the final calibration and impact assessment of the new framework.

    06/07/2017 - News

  • EBA acknowledges the Commission adoption of amended supervisory reporting standards due to FINREP IFRS 9

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) acknowledged the adoption by the European Commission of the Implementing Act amending Regulation (EU) No 680/2014 (Implementing Technical Standards on Supervisory Reporting) with regard to financial reporting (FINREP) following the changes in the International Accounting Standards (IFRS 9). The Implementing Act, which is based on the final draft ITS on supervisory reporting submitted by the EBA in November 2016, was adopted by the Commission on 29 June 2017 and its publication in the EU Official Journal is still pending. The amended requirements will apply as of 1 March 2018 (reporting framework v2.7).

    05/07/2017 - News

  • EBA issues alert over fraudulent scams on its behalf

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) issued today an alert that its name and logo are being used to validate email scams aiming at obtaining money or personal details. Most scams fraudulently claim that the EBA have a role in approving financial transactions to and from the European Union (EU). Samples of such emails are being flagged to the EBA from all over the world.

    05/07/2017 - News

  • EBA updated Risk Dashboard shows stable capital levels amidst efforts to improve banks asset quality and profitability

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today a periodical update of its Risk Dashboard. It summarises the main risks and vulnerabilities in the EU banking sector through a set of Risk Indicators in Q1 2017. Together with the Risk Dashboard, the EBA published the results of its Risk Assessment Questionnaire, which includes the opinions of banks and market analysts on the risk outlook between April and May this year.

    04/07/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA consults on the implementation of the methods for calculating contributions to deposit guarantee schemes

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) launched today a public consultation on the implementation of the EBA Guidelines on methods for calculating contributions to deposit guarantee schemes (DGSs). The draft Report assesses whether the principles outlined in the EBA Guidelines on these methods are being met in practice. It also evaluates whether there is appropriate and consistent implementation of these Guidelines. The consultation runs until 28 August 2017 .

    03/07/2017 - News

  • EBA consults on central contact points under the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2)

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) launched today a public consultation on draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) that specify the criteria for determining when the appointment of a central contact point under the PSD2 is appropriate and the functions that these contact points should have. The consultation runs until 29 September 2017.

    29/06/2017 - News

  • EBA publishes its Opinion in response to the European Commission intention to amend the EBA Technical Standards for open and secure electronic payments under the PSD2

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today an Opinion responding to the European Commission’s (EC) intention to amend the EBA’s draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) on strong customer authentication and common and secure communication. In its Opinion, while agreeing with the aims sought in the EC’s amendments, the EBA voices its disagreement with three of the four concrete amendments the Commission proposes on the basis that it would negatively impact the fine trade-off and balances previously found in the RTS.

    29/06/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA publishes Report on consumer data and identifies a number of applicable requirements under EU law

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today a Report presenting the conclusions of its assessment on the topic of innovative uses of consumer data by financial institutions. The Report looks at both the risks and potential benefits of this innovation and identifies a number of requirements under EU law applying to financial institutions, which mitigate many of the risks identified by the EBA. The Report concludes that no additional, industry-specific legislative or regulatory requirements are needed at present, but the EBA will continue to monitor closely this innovation. The Report encourages cooperation between supervisory authorities across all relevant policy areas and contributes to fostering a consistent supervisory approach to innovation in the financial sector.

    28/06/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA publishes 2017 consumer trends report

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its annual consumer trends report for 2017. The Report covers the retail banking products that fall in the EBA's consumer protection mandate, including mortgages, personal loans, deposits, payment accounts, payment services and electronic money. The report also provides an overview of the topical issues identified in 2017 that may impact consumers and other market participants, namely indebtedness, banking fees and costs, selling practices, innovation in payments, foreign currency loans, alternative financial services providers, and innovative uses of consumer data.

    28/06/2017 - Press releases

  • ESAs publish AML/CFT guidelines

    The Joint Committee of the three European Supervisory Authorities (EBA, EIOPA and ESMA - ESAs) published today its final Guidelines on anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT). The Guidelines promote a common understanding of the risk-based approach to AML/CFT and set out how it should be applied. . These Guidelines are part of the ESAs’ wider work on fostering a consistent and effective approach to AML/CFT by both, credit and financial institutions, and AML/CFT supervisors. The Guidelines provide credit and financial institutions with the tools they need to make informed, risk-based decisions on the effective management of individual business relationships and occasional transactions for AML/CFT purposes.

    26/06/2017 - Press releases

  • ESAs publish central contact point standards in fight against financial crime

    The Joint Committee of the three European Supervisory Authorities (EBA, EIOPA and ESMA - ESAs) published today draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) to help Member States determine when payment service providers and electronic money issuers should appoint a Central Contact Point (CCP) to support the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing.

    26/06/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA publishes Discussion Paper on the treatment of structural FX

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) launched today a Discussion Paper on the application of the structural FX provision. The paper outlines the rationale behind the treatment of structural positions as well as broader issues related to the structural FX concept, such as the actual nature of FX risk, considering both the accounting and regulatory perspectives. It also examines in greater detail the potential inconsistencies in the articulation of the FX requirements, both in the current Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR) as well as in the CRR2 proposal for institutions applying the standardised and internal model approaches. The consultation runs until 22 September 2017.

    22/06/2017 - News

  • EBA publishes draft amending technical standards on CVA proxy spread

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its draft amending Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) on credit valuation adjustment (CVA) proxy spread. These RTS propose limited amendments to the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 526/2014 for determining proxy spread and limited smaller portfolios for credit valuation adjustment risk, based on two policy recommendations contained in the EBA’s CVA report, published on 25 February 2015. Through the proposed amendments the EBA expects to ensure a more adequate calculation of own funds requirements for CVA risk.

    21/06/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA launches 2016 CVA risk monitoring exercise

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) announced today it has put on hold its draft Guidelines on the treatment of CVA risk under SREP until further notice, due to continued developments in the CVA risk framework at international level. However, monitoring work continues with the EBAs 2016 credit valuation adjustment (CVA) risk monitoring exercise, which was launched today. The exercise fits into the EBA mandate to monitor the own funds requirements for CVA risk and follows on from policy recommendation No 4 of the CVA Report. The EBA expects institutions to complete the exercise by 14 September 2017.

    21/06/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA acknowledges notification on the resolution action taken by the SRB and by FROB in respect of Banco Popular Español

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) received a notification regarding the resolution action taken by the Single Resolution Board (the SRB) in respect of Banco Popular Español as the conditions for resolution were met. The SRB adopted a resolution scheme providing for the application of the sale of business tool. Following a marketing process, the SRB decided to transfer Banco Popular to Banco Santander S.A. and to exercise the power of write-down and conversion of capital instruments prior to the transfer in order to address the shortfall in the value of the Institution.

    16/06/2017 - News

  • EBA responds to the European Commission public consultation on FinTech

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) submitted today its response to the European Commission's Public Consultation on FinTech : a more competitive and innovative European financial sector Document on Retail Financial Services. In the response, the EBA conveys its views on a subset of the Commission’s questions, and focuses on the work the EBA has done so far on FinTech. Separately, the EBA is currently developing a Discussion Paper on FinTech issues that fall more into the EBA’s remit and will publish its views in the coming months.

    15/06/2017 - News

  • EBA publishes its 2016 Annual Report

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its 2016 Annual Report, which provides a detailed account of all the work the Authority achieved in the past year and anticipates the key areas of focus in the coming years.

    15/06/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA to hold public hearing to update on progress over investment firms new prudential regime

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) will hold a public hearing on 3 July 2017 at 14:00 UK time to update all relevant stakeholders on the progress made so far on the possibility of developing a new prudential regime for MiFID investment firms.

    13/06/2017 - News

  • EBA issues revised list of ITS validation rules

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) issued today a revised list of validation rules in its Implementing Technical Standards (ITS) on supervisory reporting, highlighting those which have been deactivated either for incorrectness or for triggering IT problems.

    09/06/2017 - News

  • EBA issues 2018 EU-wide stress test methodology for discussion

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its 2018 EU-wide stress test draft methodology and templates for discussion with the industry. The exercise will cover 70% of the EU banking sector and will assess EU banks' ability to meet relevant supervisory capital ratios during an adverse economic shock. The methodology covers all relevant risk areas and, for the first time, will incorporate IFRS 9 accounting standards. The results will inform the 2018 Supervisory Review and Evaluation Process (SREP), challenging banks' capital plans and leading to relevant supervisory outcomes. The exercise will also provide enhanced transparency so that market participants can compare and assess the resilience of EU banks on a consistent basis. The list of institutions participating in the exercise is also released today.

    07/06/2017 - Press releases

  • ESAs consult on technical standards to strengthen group-wide money laundering and terrorist financing risk management

    The Joint Committee of the three European Supervisory Authorities (EBA, EIOPA and ESMA - ESAs) launched today a public consultation on draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) specifying how credit and financial institutions should manage money laundering and terrorist financing (ML/TF) risks where a third country’s law prevents the implementation in their branches or majority-owned subsidiaries of group-wide policies and procedures on anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT).‎ These RTS are part of the ESAs' wider work on fostering a common approach to AML/CFT and will contribute to creating a level playing field across the Union’s financial sector. The consultation runs until 11 July 2017.

    31/05/2017 - News

  • EBA publishes Opinion on EU Commission consultation on the operation of the ESAs

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today an Opinion in response to the European Commission’s public consultation on the operation of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs). The Opinion welcomes the public consultation which acknowledges the results the EBA has obtained since its establishment in 2011. It also points to a possible way forward to confirm its role as guardian of the Single Rulebook and to increase its effectiveness in ensuring supervisory convergence across the EU. Finally, it suggests how the EBA’s role with regards to supervisory reporting could be strengthened and improved.

    31/05/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA consults on scope of its draft guidelines on connected clients

    The European Banking Authority launched today a consultation focusing on the scope of its draft Guidelines on connected clients, on which it had already sought the stakeholders’ views in July 2016. In the new consultation, the EBA is proposing to extend the scope of these draft Guidelines to the remaining aspects of the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR), the EBA technical standards, and the EBA guidelines where the concept of group of connected client is relevant. The extension of the scope would ensure the consistent application of this concept throughout the CRR and the harmonisation of institutions’ practices. The consultation runs until 26 June 2017.

    25/05/2017 - News

  • EBA announces details of its 2017 EU-wide transparency exercise

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) announced today that it will publish data for its fourth annual EU-wide transparency exercise in December 2017 together with the Risk Assessment Report (RAR). Nearly 600000 data points in total on more than 130 banks will be released, covering all key balance sheet items. The transparency exercise is part of the EBA's efforts to foster market discipline, improve the understanding of the EU banking system and ensures both a detailed snap shot and consistent time series.

    25/05/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA welcomes enhanced FX Global Code

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) welcomes the enhancement of the FX Global Code (the Code) and the publication of its May 2017 update. The objective of the Code is to promote a robust, fair, liquid, open, and transparent market underpinned by high ethical standards, which shall benefit all wholesale FX market participants. The Code's guidelines for responsible participation in the FX market are in line with the EBA's work aimed at fostering financial institutions' effective governance and enhanced consumer protection in all areas of financial products and services.

    25/05/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA publishes final technical standards on valuation in resolution

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its final draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) on valuation in resolution. These draft RTS are a crucial piece of regulation for the resolution framework as they aim to provide the independent valuer with common criteria for the valuation, which will inform the decisions made by resolution authorities, thus promoting a consistent approach to such valuations across the EU.

    23/05/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA publishes an Opinion on own funds in the context of the CRD CRR review proposal

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today an Opinion addressed to the EU institutions expressing its views on a number of aspects related to own funds in the context of the European Commission’s proposal to amend the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR) and Capital Requirements Directive (CRD). In the Opinion, the EBA calls, in particular, for a possible strengthening of the Authority’s role in assessing issuances of CET1 instruments. In addition, the Opinion elaborates on restrictions on distributions in the context of capital conservation measures and suggests introducing a general anti-circumvention principle. The views expressed in this Opinion are not meant to be exhaustive and focus on the areas deemed to be the most significant ones.

    23/05/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA updates on monitoring of CET1 instruments

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its fifth updated list of capital instruments that Competent Supervisory Authorities (CAs) across the European Union (EU) have classified as Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1). The list is for the first time accompanied by a Report, which includes additional information on the underlying objectives of the monitoring update as well as on the consequences of including or excluding instruments in or from the list. The EBA intends to update this report on a regular basis to give account of new developments in CET1 issuances and market practices.

    23/05/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA consults on its guidance for the use of cloud computing

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) launched today a consultation setting out its guidance for the use of cloud service providers by financial institutions. The EBA Recommendations intend to clarify the EU-wide supervisory expectations if institutions intend to adopt cloud computing, so as to allow them to leverage the benefits of using cloud services, while ensuring that any related risks are adequately identified and managed. The consultation runs until 18 August 2017.

    18/05/2017 - News

  • EBA publishes final Guidelines on credit institutions credit risk management practices and accounting for expected credit losses

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its final Guidelines on credit institutions’ credit risk management practices and accounting for expected credit losses. These Guidelines aim at ensuring sound credit risk management practices associated with the implementation and on-going application of the accounting for expected credit losses. The Guidelines are part of the EBA’s work on the implementation of IFRS 9 and its interaction with prudential requirements and build on the Guidance published by the Basel Committee on the same matter.

    12/05/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA publishes final guidelines to assess ICT risk

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its final Guidelines on the assessment of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) risk in the context of the Supervisory Review and Evaluation Process (SREP). These Guidelines are addressed to competent authorities and aim at promoting common procedures and methodologies for the assessment of ICT risk.

    11/05/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA launches public consultation on draft standards on the eligibility criteria for granting simplified obligations for recovery and resolution planning

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) launched today a public consultation on its draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) further specifying the eligibility criteria to determine whether institutions should be subject to simplified obligations when drafting their recovery and resolution plans. The consultation runs until 8 August 2017.

    08/05/2017 - News

  • EBA publishes final draft Technical Standards under the Payment Accounts Directive to enhance transparency and comparison of payment account fees

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its final draft Technical Standards setting out the standardised terminology for services linked to a payment account, and the standardised formats and common symbol of the fee information document (FID) and the Statement of Fees (SoF). These Technical Standards contribute to enhancing comparability of fees, through standardised terminology and disclosure documents across the European Union.

    05/05/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA consults on Guidelines on security measures for operational and security risks under the PSD2

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) launched today a consultation on its draft Guidelines on security measures for operational and security risks under the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2). The Guidelines have been developed in close cooperation with the European Central Bank (ECB), and are in support of the objectives of PSD2, such as strengthening the integrated payments market in the EU, mitigating the increased security risks arising from electronic payments, and promoting equal conditions for competition.

    05/05/2017 - News

  • EBA issues amended technical standards on benchmarking of internal approaches

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today an amended version of its Implementing Technical Standards (ITS) on benchmarking of internal approaches. These amendments aim at ensuring a better quality of the submitted data and, ultimately will assist the EBA and competent authorities in their 2018 assessment of internal approaches for credit and market risk. The EBA plans to annually update the ITS to ensure future benchmarking exercises are relevant and successful.

    04/05/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA updates XBRL taxonomy 2.7 for supervisory reporting

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today an update to the XBRL taxonomy that Competent Authorities should use for the remittance of data under the EBA Implementing Technical Standards (ITS) on supervisory reporting. The revised taxonomy will be used for reference dates from 31 March 2018 onwards.

    27/04/2017 - News

  • ESAs highlight main risks for the EU financial system

    The Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities (EBA, EIOPA and ESMA - ESAs) has published its spring 2017 Report on risks and vulnerabilities in the European Union’s financial system. The Report highlights the risks to the stability of the European financial sector in an environment subject to political and economic uncertainties. In particular, the protracted period of low profitability of banks and the difficulties faced by insurers to generate adequate returns to meet long-term liabilities in a low growth and low-yield environment remains a major challenge. In addition, the steepening of the yield curve may benefit earnings across all sectors but it also raises valuation concerns and, in the short term, may not be sufficient to alleviate the low profitability concerns. The Report also highlights the high valuation risk linked to search for yield strategies and repricing of risk premia. Rising operational risks related to information and communication technologies are increasingly requiring supervisory attention.

    20/04/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA finds supervisory authorities have implemented robust IT systems and processes for supervisory reporting

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today a Report on the Peer Review carried out on its ITS on supervisory reporting aimed at assessing how supervisory authorities have ensured its consistent and comprehensive implementation. The Report summarises the outcomes of this assessment involving the supervisory authorities of all EU Member States, the European Central Bank (ECB)/Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) and the supervisory authorities of three European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway). Overall, the Peer Review concluded that most supervisory authorities have put in place robust processes and IT systems to ensure a timely, complete and correct data reporting.

    11/04/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA outlines roadmap of its plan to update 2017-2018 SREP

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) issued today a roadmap outlining its plans to update the common European framework for the supervisory review and evaluation process (SREP) in 2017-2018. The roadmap explains the multi-stage approach the EBA intends to follow in updating the EU SREP framework in 2017-2018 and beyond, and summarises the ongoing policy initiatives affecting Pillar 2/SREP that will need to be reflected in the revised EBA guidelines on Pillar 2 topics.

    11/04/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA finds Polish waiver on covered bonds justified

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today an Opinion addressed to the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (FSA) following the Competent Authority’s notification of its intention to introduce a partial waiver of Article 129 (1)(c) of the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR), which specifies the conditions for the eligibility of covered bonds in relation to risk weight preferential treatment. Given the significant potential concentration problem in Poland, the EBA is of the opinion that the application of a partial waiver is adequately justified.

    11/04/2017 - News

  • EBA finds German waiver on covered bonds justified

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today an Opinion addressed to the German Federal Financial Services Supervisory Authority (BaFin) following the Competent Authority's notification of its decision to introduce a partial waiver of Article 129 (1)(c) of the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR), which specifies the conditions for the eligibility of covered bonds in relation to risk weight preferential treatment. Given the significant potential concentration problem in Germany, the EBA is of the opinion that the application of a partial waiver is adequately justified.

    11/04/2017 - News

  • Call for papers for the 6th EBA Policy Research Workshop

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) launched today a call for research papers in view of its sixth policy research workshop taking place on 28-29 November 2017 in London on the topic "The future role of quantitative models in financial regulation".

    10/04/2017 - News

  • ESAs publish official translations of final Guidelines on risk-based supervision under the Fourth Anti Money Laundering (AML) Directive

    The Joint Committee of the three European Supervisory Authorities (EBA, EIOPA and ESMA - ESAs) published today 22 language versions of the final Guidelines on the characteristics of a risk-based approach to anti-money laundering and terrorist financing supervision under Directive (EU) 2015/849 on preventing the use of the financial system for money laundering or terrorist financing (Fourth Anti Money Laundering (AML) Directive).

    07/04/2017 - News

  • EBA issues amended technical standards on supervisory reporting for EU institutions

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its final draft Implementing Technical Standards (ITS) amending the European Commission's Implementing Regulation (EU) No 680/2014 on supervisory reporting so as to keep reporting requirements in line with changes in the regulatory framework and with the evolving needs for Supervisory Authorities’ risk assessments. The updated ITS include (i) new information on sovereign exposures; (ii) changes to operational risk; (iii) changes to additional monitoring metrics for liquidity and (iv) Q&A- based changes and other minor amendments. These changes form part of the EBA reporting framework version 2.7, which will be applicable for submissions of data as of March 2018.

    07/04/2017 - Press releases

  • ESAs consult on draft Guidelines to prevent terrorist financing and money laundering in electronic fund transfers

    The Joint Committee of the three European Supervisory Authorities (EBA, EIOPA and ESMA - ESAs) launched today a public consultation on draft Guidelines that set out what payment service providers should do to detect and prevent the abuse of funds transfers for terrorist financing and money laundering purposes. These Guidelines are part of the ESAs’ wider work on fostering a common approach to Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) and promote a common understanding of payment service providers’ obligations in this area. This is essential to ensure the consistent application of AML/CFT law, which not only strengthens the European Union’s AML/CFT regime but is also a prerequisite for the smooth and efficient functioning of payment systems. The consultation runs until 5 June 2017.

    05/04/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA provides guidance on bail-in under the BRRD

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) issued today three sets of final Guidelines on bail-in under the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD). These Guidelines complement existing regulation and guidance to facilitate the use of the bail-in power as a way of absorbing losses and recapitalising banks in resolution. In particular the Guidelines clarify how valuation information should help determine the terms of bail-in.

    05/04/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA updated Risk Dashboard confirms that elevated NPLs and low profitability are the main challenges for the EU banking sector

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today a periodical update of its Risk Dashboard summarising the main risks and vulnerabilities in the EU banking sector by a set of Risk Indicators in Q4 2016.

    03/04/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA welcomes Central Bank of Kosovo to the Memorandum of Cooperation with South Eastern European banking supervisors

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) welcomed the Central Bank of Kosovoas an additional signatory party to the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with banking supervisory authorities in several South-Eastern European (SEE) countries. The MoCwas signed in 2015 to establish a framework for cooperation and information exchange.

    31/03/2017 - News

  • EBA publishes annual assessment of EU supervisory colleges for 2016

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its 2016 annual assessment of EU supervisory colleges, which are established for the effective supervision of EU cross-border banking groups. The Report highlighted a number of achievements made by colleges in the course of 2016, including a good level and quality of engagement, and also identified areas for improvement as well as topics for supervisory attention for 2017. The Report relied on the EBA staff observations gained through their participation in colleges of supervisors and on the consolidated results of the individual college assessments conducted at the end of 2016.

    22/03/2017 - Press releases

  • ESAs welcome European Commission's public consultation on their operation

    The European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs – EBA, EIOPA and ESMA) welcome the European Commission's public consultation to seek views on possible changes to their current framework of operation.

    21/03/2017 - News

  • EBA updates list of OSIIs in the EU

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) updated today the 2016 list of Other Systemically Important Institutions (O-SIIs) in the EU. O-SIIs - those institutions which, along with Global Systemically Important Institutions (G-SIIs) are deemed systemically important - have been identified by the relevant authorities across the Union according to harmonised criteria provided by the EBA Guidelines. This list also reflects the additional capital buffers that the relevant authorities have set for the identified O-SIIs.

    15/03/2017 - News

  • EBA issues Opinion on measures to address macroprudential risk

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today an Opinion following the notification by the National Bank of Belgium (NBB) of its intention to modify capital requirements in order to address an increase in macroprudential risk. Based on the evidence submitted by the NBB, the EBA does not object to the adoption of the proposed measures, which are based on Article 458 of the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR).

    15/03/2017 - News

  • EBA to centralise notifications on resolution cases and use of DGS funds across the EU

    The European Banking Authority set up a dedicated section on its website to centralise information on crisis prevention, management liquidation and resolution of credit institutions in the Union based on the notifications received from the respective national authorities.

    14/03/2017 - News

  • EBA issues revised list of ITS validation rules

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) issued today a revised list of validation rules in its Implementing Technical Standards (ITS) on supervisory reporting, highlighting those which have been deactivated either for incorrectness or for triggering IT problems. Competent Authorities throughout the EU are informed that data submitted in accordance with these ITS should not be formally validated against the set of deactivated rules.

    10/03/2017 - News

  • EBA calls for improvements to decision-making framework for supervisory reporting requirements

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) issued today an Opinion to the European Parliament, Council and Commission proposing that the decision-making framework for adopting supervisory reporting requirements be made more efficient and fit-for-purpose by replacing the Commission’s Implementing Technical Standards (ITS) with decisions adopted directly by the EBA.

    08/03/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA publishes final guidelines on LCR disclosure

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its final Guidelines on liquidity coverage ratio (LCR) disclosure. These Guidelines provide harmonised disclosure templates and tables for LCR disclosure and aim at improving transparency and comparability of LCR and other liquidity risk management related information.

    08/03/2017 - Press releases

  • Vienna Initiative: New Working Group on Capital Markets Union for CESEE region

    The Vienna Initiative has agreed to establish a Working Group on Capital Markets Union. This follows the European Union’s push to strengthen Capital Markets which will have a major impact on financing of investment and sustaining growth in the Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe region (CESEE). “Strengthening and diversifying sources of finance is crucial in the region today, as the regional catching up process advances and a new model for growth emerges”, commented Werner Hoyer, the President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), which is hosting this year’s Vienna Initiative 2 Full Forum at its headquarters in Luxembourg.

    06/03/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA publishes Opinion on transitional arrangements and credit risk adjustments due to the introduction of IFRS 9

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today an Opinion addressed to the European Commission, Parliament and Council and to all competent authorities across the EU on transitional arrangements and credit risk adjustments to mitigate the effect of the accounting standard IFRS 9 on prudential ratios. The EBA supports the progressive recognition of the initial impact of IFRS 9 from 1 January 2018 until 2021.

    06/03/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA provides transparent and harmonised information on asset encumbrance across the EU

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its final draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) on the disclosure of encumbered and unencumbered assets for the provision of transparent and harmonised information on this topic, as laid down in the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR). Through the disclosure of asset encumbrance based on a consistent definition and formats, these standards will enable market participants to assess the information provided by institutions in a clear and consistent manner.

    03/03/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA publishes its regular assessment of EU banks internal model outcomes

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today two reports on the consistency of RWAs, and for the first time, across all EU institutions authorised to use internal approaches for the calculation of capital requirements. The reports cover residential mortgage, SME and other corporate portfolios (collectively referred to as "high default portfolios" - HDP), as well as market risk. The results confirm previous findings and establish these annual benchmarking exercises as a fundamental supervisory tool to restoring trust in internal models.

    03/03/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA consults on the coverage of entities in banking group recovery plans

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) launched today a consultation on its draft Recommendation on the coverage of entities in banking group recovery plans, which is aimed at defining common criteria to identify entities (subsidiaries and branches) that need to be covered in group recovery plans, and the extent of such coverage. Such criteria should help institutions avoid a fragmented approach in providing information in recovery plans, and provide a common guidance for home and host supervisors. The consultation runs until 02 June 2017.

    02/03/2017 - News

  • EBA sees good range of options in recovery plans but areas for improvement still remain

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its fourth thematic comparative Report on recovery planning. The focus of this comparative analysis is recovery options, which are crucial for assessing institutions’ actual capacity to regain viability following a period of severe financial distress. Overall, recovery plans in the sample provided a good overview of recovery options and clear improvements were seen across the board, although some challenges still remain. This benchmarking exercise aims at supporting supervisors in their assessment to identify the crucial elements that banks should consider when designing and selecting credible recovery options.

    01/03/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA hosts Joint Colloquium with IMF on stress testing

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) organised on 1 and 2 March 2017 a Joint Colloquium with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on ‘New Frontiers on Stress Testing’. The workshop brought together economists, supervisors and policy makers at European and global level with the objective of stimulating the discussion on different aspects of stress testing ranging from the latest methodologies and frameworks for the implementation of liquidity stress tests to macroeconomic variables, capital planning and governance.

    01/03/2017 - News

  • EBA consults on specification of an economic downturn

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) launched today a public consultation on its draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) specifying the nature, severity and duration of an economic downturn according to which institutions shall estimate the downturn loss given default (LGD) and conversion factor (CF). These draft RTS are part of the EBA’s broader work on the review of the IRB approach aimed at reducing the unjustified variability in the outcomes of internal models, while preserving the risk sensitivity of capital requirements. The consultation runs until 29 May 2017.

    01/03/2017 - News

  • EBA publishes results of the CRDIV-CRR/Basel III monitoring exercise as of end June 2016

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its eleventh Report of the CRDIV-CRR/Basel III monitoring exercise on the European banking system. This exercise, run in parallel with the one conducted by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) at a global level, presents aggregate data on capital ratios – risk-based and non-risk-based (leverage) – and liquidity ratios – the liquidity coverage ratio (LCR) and net stable funding ratio (NSFR) – for banks across the European Union (EU). It summarises the results using data as of 30 June 2016 but does not reflect any BCBS standards agreed since the beginning of 2016, such as the revisions to the market risk framework, or any other BCBS proposals, which have not yet been finalised, including the revisions to credit and operational risk frameworks.

    28/02/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA updates on the 2018 EU-wide stress test timeline

    The Board of Supervisors of the European Banking Authority (EBA) agreed in its meeting held on 14 February on the tentative timeline of the 2018 EU-wide stress test. The exercise is expected to be launched at the beginning of 2018 and the results to be published in mid-year. The EBA, in co-operation with Competent Authorities, is now in the process of preparing the methodology and templates with the objective of discussing with the industry in summer 2017. The new methodology will be revised to take into account the implementation of IFRS 9 both in the starting points as well as in the projections.

    27/02/2017 - News

  • EBA paves the way for open and secure electronic payments for consumers under the PSD2

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its final draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) on strong customer authentication and common and secure communication. These RTS, which were mandated under the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2) and developed in close cooperation with the European Central Bank (ECB), pave the way for an open and secure market in retail payments in the European Union.

    23/02/2017 - Press releases

  • ESAs publish statement on variation margin exchange

    The European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs – European Banking Authority, European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority and the European Securities and Markets Authority) have published a statement in response to industry requests relating to operational challenges in meeting the deadline of 1 March 2017 for exchanging variation margin.

    23/02/2017 - News

  • ESAs warn on money laundering and terrorist financing risks affecting the EU financial sector

    The three European Supervisory Authorities (EBA, EIOPA and ESMA - ESAs) published today a joint Opinion addressed to the European Commission on the risks of money laundering (ML) and terrorist financing (TF) affecting the European Union’s financial sector. This Opinion will contribute to the European Commission’s risk assessment work as well as that of the ESAs of fostering supervisory convergence and a level playing field in the area of anti-money laundering (AML) and countering the financing of terrorism (CFT).

    20/02/2017 - News

  • EBA expresses dissent over the EU Commission proposed amendments to technical standards under the IFR

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) issued today an Opinion to the European Commission, expressing dissent over some of the proposed amendments to its final draft Regulatory Technical Standard (RTS) on the separation of payment card schemes and processing entities under the Interchange Fee Regulation (IFR). The EBA clarified that there is no clear requirement for a legal and structural separation between card schemes and processing entities.

    16/02/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA consults on procedures for complaints of alleged infringements of the PSD2

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) launched today a public consultation on its draft Guidelines on the complaints procedures to be taken into consideration by competent authorities (CAs) to ensure and monitor effective compliance by payment service providers (PSPs) of the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2). These draft Guidelines are part of the EBA’s work to support the core objectives of the PSD2 of strengthening the integrated payments market across the European Union, ensuring a consistent application of the legislative framework and promoting transparency. The consultation runs until 16 May 2017.

    16/02/2017 - News

  • ESAs consult on the establishment of central contact points to strengthen fight against financial crime

    The Joint Committee of the three European Supervisory Authorities (EBA, EIOPA and ESMA - ESAs) launched today a public consultation on draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) to help Member States determine when payment service providers and electronic money issuers should appoint a Central Contact Point (CCP) to support the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing. These draft RTS are part of the Joint Committee's work to establish consistent and effective risk-based supervisory practices across the EU. The consultation runs until 5 May 2017.

    10/02/2017 - News

  • EBA updates list of institutions involved in the 2017 supervisory benchmarking exercise

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today an updated list of institutions, which have a reporting obligation for the purpose of the 2017 EU supervisory benchmarking exercise. The EBA runs this exercise leveraging on established data collection procedures and formats of regular supervisory reporting and assists Competent Authorities in assessing the quality of internal approaches used to calculate risk weighted exposure amounts.

    10/02/2017 - News

  • EBA publishes final draft technical standards on exclusion from CVA of non-EU non-financial counterparties

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its final draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) specifying the procedures for excluding transactions with non-financial counterparties (NFCs) established in a third country from the capital requirement for credit valuation adjustment (CVA) risk. The proposed RTS aim at harmonising the treatment of NFCs established in a third country across EU Member States.

    09/02/2017 - Press releases

  • A call for expression of interest by the European Commission in the appointment of members of the ESAs Board of Appeal for the financial services sector

    A call for expression of interest by the European Commission in the appointment of members of the ESAs' Board of Appeal for the financial s​ervices sector​.

    08/02/2017 - News

  • EBA observes a significant increase of high earners in EU banks

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its annual Report on high earners in EU banks, which shows a significant increase in their number in 2015 (+33.04% compared to 2014). The Report contains data covering all staff of institutions in the EU and EU branches of third country institutions receiving a total remuneration of one million euro or above. The data is available in aggregate format at the EU level, for each Member State, and by payment bracket within each Member State. The EBA will publish this year the report on High Earners with data for the financial year 2015.

    02/02/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA reminds Competent Authorities of key deadlines and the Implementing Technical Standard to be used for running the 2017 supervisory benchmarking exercise of internal approaches

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) recalled today the key deadlines Competent Authorities should comply with for the submission of data needed to perform the 2017 supervisory benchmarking exercise. Despite the pending approval by the European Commission of the amended Implementing Technical Standard (ITS) on benchmarking, compliance with the proposed deadlines will ensure a smooth and timely start of the 2017 exercise.

    30/01/2017 - News

  • EBA publishes DPM and XBRL taxonomy 2.6 for remittance of supervisory reporting

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today an update to the XBRL taxonomy that Competent Authorities should use for the remittance of data under the EBA Implementing Technical Standards (ITS) on supervisory reporting. The revised taxonomy will be used for reference dates from 30 June 2017 onwards and includes changes and corrections to validation rules.

    18/01/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA and ESMA call to clarify margin requirements between CRR and EMIR

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) and the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published today their joint report on the functioning of the Capital Requirements Regulation (EU) No 575/2013 (CRR) with the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EU) No 648/2012 (EMIR). The report calls for the requirements for credit, market, and counterparty credit risk in the CRR to be clarified. This clarification should ensure that only risks not already covered by specific financial resources for activities not related to clearing are to be covered by CRR requirements. This exclusion should also be extended to activities covered by interoperability arrangements.

    18/01/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA updated Risk Dashboard shows that elevated NPLs and a high cost base pose a significant profitability challenge for EU banks

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today a periodical update of its Risk Dashboard summarising the main risks and vulnerabilities in the EU banking sector by a set of Risk Indicators in Q3 2016. Together with the Risk Dashboard, the EBA published the results of a Risk Assessment Questionnaire, which was conducted among banks and market analysts between October and November this year.

    13/01/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA advises on the equivalence of supervisory and regulatory requirements for Turkey and New Zealand

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its Opinion addressed to the European Commission following its assessment of non-EU countries' equivalence with the EU prudential supervision and regulatory requirements, whereby it concluded that the supervisory and regulatory framework applicable to credit institutions in Turkey and New Zealand can be regarded as equivalent to that applied in the Union.

    11/01/2017 - Press releases

  • EBA updates recommendation on the equivalence of supervisory regimes

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today an amended Recommendation on the equivalence of confidentiality regimes. Several additional non-EU supervisory authorities were added to the list of non-EU or third country supervisory authorities whose confidentiality regimes can be regarded as equivalent.

    11/01/2017 - Press releases