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    EBA to Issue Stress Test Results in July, Consults on SREP Guidelines

    EBA announced that individual results for the banks participating in the 2021 EU-wide stress test, along with a report summarizing the results in aggregate terms, will be published on July 30, 2021. In addition, EBA launched a public consultation on the revised guidelines on common procedures and methodologies for the supervisory review and evaluation process (SREP) and supervisory stress testing. The comprehensive revisions are intended to implement recent amendments to the Capital Requirements Directive (CRD5) and the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR2) as well as to align the guidelines with other regulatory developments and best supervisory practices. The comment period for the proposed guidelines ends on September 28, 2021.

    SREP is an ongoing supervisory process bringing together findings from all supervisory activities into a comprehensive supervisory overview of an institution. The guidelines being revised are aimed to achieve convergence of practices followed by competent authorities across EU, in their SREP and supervisory stress testing processes. This ongoing review of the SREP guidelines affects all main SREP elements, including business model analysis, assessment of internal governance and institution-wide control arrangements, assessment of risks to capital and capital adequacy to cover these risks, and assessment of liquidity and funding risks and adequacy of liquidity resources to cover such risks. The main amendments implementing the requirements laid down in the CRD5 and CRR2 include the following:

    • Reviewing institutions’ categorization and application of the minimum engagement model to reflect the new definitions on small and non-complex as well as large institutions, thus better embedding the proportionality principle
    • Incorporating an assessment of money laundering and terrorist financing (ML/TF) risks, in line with the EBA opinion on how to take into account ML/TF risks in the SREP published in November 2020
    • Reviewing the provisions on Pillar 2 capital add-ons and the Pillar 2 guidance in accordance with Articles 104a and 104b of CRD4, to ensure that they reflect a purely micro-prudential perspective
    • Providing clarifications on the assessment of the risk of excessive leverage and the related Pillar 2 capital add-ons and the Pillar 2 guidance to reflect the separate stack of own funds requirements based on the leverage ratio
    • Adjusting the requirements for the assessment of the interest rate risk in the non-trading book as well as assessing liquidity risk and liquidity adequacy to align them with the current regulatory framework

    EBA is consulting only on changes to the existing SREP guidelines and plans to finalize the guidelines once the consultation responses have been assessed. On publication of the final guidelines, the existing SREP guidelines will be repealed and replaced.


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    Comment Due Date: September 28, 2021

    Keywords: Europe, EU, Banking, SREP, Stress Testing, CRR2, CRD5, Basel, Pillar 2, Regulatory Capital, IRRBB, Liquidity Risk, 2021 Stress Test, ML/TF Risk, EBA

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