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    BaFin Provides Operational Relief to Small Institutions in Germany

    July 05, 2021

    BaFin published a statement on operational simplifications for credit institutions (in Germany), classified as small and non-complex institutions according to the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR). The statement addresses the application of simplified Net Stable Funding Ratio (sNSFR) and reduced scope and frequency of disclosure and reporting requirements. For the Additional Monitoring Metrics (AMM) liquidity report, small and non-complex institutions will be required to submit a quarterly report, instead of the monthly report that other institutions must submit.

    BaFin had, in November 2020, published the requirements for an entity's qualification as a small and non-complex institution, in accordance with CRR. Nearly 1,150 credit institutions in Germany can now take advantage of these operational simplifications. Overall, about 88% of all German non-significant institutions have been classified as small and non-complex institutions, in accordance with Article 4 of the CRR. The institutions that are classified as small and not complex in Germany and that are allowed to avail themselves of the facilities have been identified by the Bundesbank in coordination with BaFin. BaFin states that small and non-complex institutions should benefit from reduced reporting requirements in the future too.  An EBA cost-benefit analysis, which was published on June 07, 2021, puts these conceivable savings at 15% to 24% of the costs of European banking supervisory reporting. For small, non-complex institutions in EU, this equates to cost savings of between EUR 188 and EUR 288 million.

    In addition, BaFin has issued a circular on the application of the EBA guidelines on tri-party repurchase agreements (EBA/GL/2021/01). The EBA guidelines specify conditions for the application of the alternative treatment of exposures related to tri-party repurchase agreements for large exposure purposes, as set out in the CRR. BaFin incorporated the guidelines into its administrative practice on June 28, 2021. 

     

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    Keywords: Europe, Germany, Banking, CRR, Basel, Small Banks, SNSFR, Reporting, Disclosures, Liquidity Risk, Repurchase Agreement, Large Exposures, Credit Risk, Proportionality, BaFin, EBA

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