Parliament Offers Olive Branch Over Resolution Funding?

On 4 February 2014, the EU Parliament published a press release on the latest negotiations over bank resolution.

As previously reported (see this blog post for more detail), negotiations over resolution funding seemed largely to have reached an impasse.  However, yesterday’s tone seems somewhat more conciliatory in nature. Continue reading

BRRD rubber-stamp delayed

The European parliament has updated its BRRD procedure file, postponing the plenary consideration of the proposal to its 14-17th April session. The regulatory framework has been agreed, however the plenary vote is a very necessary formality. Any further delay would place this cornerstone of EU banking reform perilously close to the 22nd May EU election.

SRM- Mexican standoff Euro-style

The Conference of Presidents Group have held intensive talks with their EP negotiators on the state of SRM play. The result is firmly-worded missive sent today from their own current President, Martin Schulz, to Commission President Manuel Barroso, summary translations in bold italic: Continue reading

RRD Compromise Text Published

On 22 December 2013 the Council of the EU published a note attaching the final compromise text of the proposed Recovery and Resolution Directive (RRD) agreed with the European Parliament.  Agreement in trialogue had previously been reached on 11 December 2013.

On 20 December 2013, the Permament Representatives Committee (COREPER) of the Council of the EU also published a press release confirming that it had approved (on the Council’s behalf) the compromise text agreed with the Parliament.  The text of the RRD now needs to be formally adopted by the EU Parliament and the Council.

Single Resolution System- closer to being resolved

MEP’s voted on the 17th to establish their position on critical details of the single resolution system. During yesterday’s Parliamentary hearing, ECB President Mario Draghi said, Continue reading

Trilogue Agreement Reached on RRD

On 12 December 2013, the European Commission published a press release announcing that on 11 December 2013, Parliament and Council Presidency negotiators reached political agreement in trilogue on the proposed Recovery and Resolution Directive (RRD). The Directive will enter into force on 1 January 2015 and will introduce the bail-in principle which will apply from 1 January 2016. The Directive now needs official approval by the Parliament and Council of the EU at first reading. Continue reading

ECB thumbs up for the SRM

The ECB has published its legal opinion on the Single Resolution Mechanism (SRM), a short summary follows:

  • The SRM should include all EU credit institutions
  • Resolution should only be triggered by a supervisory assessment of “failing or likely to fail”
  • The SRM should not require new legislation, Article 114 of the Treaty should suffice as a legal basis
  • The ECB supports early implementation of the bail-in tool (currently 2018)
  • Resolution financing must be provided by the Single Bank Resolution Fund. The ECB proposes a “temporary, fiscally neutral backstop” to the SBRF in the form of a credit line supplied by Member States, but recoupable from the financial industry
  • The ECB seeks representation as an observer in all plenary and executive meetings of the Single Resolution Board

The opinion voices its full support for the SRM which it views as a necessary complement to the Single Supervisory Mechanism, although it considers it crucial that the responsibilities of supervisory and resolution authorities are kept distinct.  The ECB regards a fully-functioning single supervisory mechanism as a vital precondition for the establishment of the SRM, it therefore strongly supports adoption of the SSM legislation during the Parliament’s current term.  This being the case, the ECB voices its support for the SRM to become effective as of 1st January 2015.

The 32 page opinion contains little that is unexpected; it is notable though, for its bullish tone on scope and timing of implementation. Perhaps it may be unwise to rely on delay.

Council Deals Blow to SRM

The Single Resolution Mechanism (SRM) proposed by the EU Commission in July has suffered a fresh blow (see this blog for SRM background).  On 7 October 2013, an opinion from the European’s legal service sheds serious doubt on the legality of giving a new agency wide discretion to close troubled banks under EU treaties, potentially undermining a key element of the resolution proposal.

The 26-page document warns of the pitfalls involved in giving a body too many powers and in particular states that “The legal service considers that the powers which would be conferred by the proposal of the board…need to be further detailed in order to exclude that a wide margin of discretion is entrusted to the board”.  The legal opinion may cause the EU Commission to rethink the proposal, causing more delays.  The first stage of the proposal which involves the European Central Bank directly supervising 130 top euro zone lenders has already been delayed to the end of 2014.  The SRM which forms one of the building blocks of the EU Banking Union now needs backing of member states to become law.

RRD Pushed Back Yet Again

On 20 September 2013, the EU Parliament updated its procedure file on the Recovery and Resolution Directive (RRD).  It seems that the RRD proposal will now be considered at the Parliament’s plenary session scheduled for 3 to 6 February 2014, rather than the session scheduled for 18 to 21 November 2013, as was previously the case.