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    BaFin Consults on AFS Recommendation to Increase CCyB for Banks

    June 11, 2019

    BaFin is requesting feedback on increasing the domestic countercyclical capital buffer (CCyB) to 0.25%, with effect from July 01, 2019, pursuant to Article 92(3) of Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR). BaFin intends to increase the CCyB rate to implement the Financial Stability Committee (Ausschuss für Finanzstabilität, or AFS) recommendation, which was published in May 2019. The new CCyB rate must be applied from July 01, 2020 for the calculation of the institution-specific CCyB. The feedback period for this consultation ends on June 25, 2019.

    BaFin had, in May 2019, announced that the Financial Stability Committee (Ausschuss für Finanzstabilität, or AFS) submitted a recommendation (to BaFin) that the domestic CCyB be activated from the third quarter of 2019 and raised to 0.25%. CCyB will apply to banks and preemptively strengthen the resilience of the financial system to cyclical systemic risks. Banks must meet the new requirements within twelve months of their activation. The measure supports sustainable lending to the real economy, especially in times of stress. In its analysis and assessment of the risk situation of the German banking system, the Financial Stability Committee considers it necessary to strengthen the loss capacity of the German banking system due to the cyclical systemic risks that could affect financial stability in Germany. The Financial Stability Committee is the central body of macro-prudential supervision of the financial system in Germany. It strengthens the cooperation of institutions responsible for financial stability. The Federal Ministry of Finance, Deutsche Bundesbank, and BaFin are represented in the Committee.

     

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    Comment Due Date: June 25, 2019

    Effective Date: July 01, 2019

    Keywords: Europe, Germany, Banking, CCyB, Basel III, Systemic Risk, Macro-Prudential Policy, CRR, BaFin

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