Featured Product

    FIN-FSA Supports COVID-19 Relief Measures of EBA and ECB for Banks

    March 16, 2020

    FIN-FSA confirms, in line with the decisions taken by ECB, that banks are temporarily exempt from fulfilling certain additional capital and liquidity requirements, in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This will enhance the ability of credit institutions to provide funding to non-financial corporations and households and will alleviate the negative economic effects of the pandemic. The FIN-FSA Board has started work on an immediate review of the level of capital requirements that are subject to national decision-making. FIN-FSA continues to monitor the situation and banks’ contingency measures to address possible effects of the coronavirus on the domestic banking sector.

    ECB and EBA, on March 12, 2020, had decided on several measures to facilitate lending by banks. ECB announced measures that provide the directly supervised (by ECB) banks with flexibility in the fulfillment of certain additional capital and liquidity requirements. These measures aim to support banks in addressing market uncertainty related to the COVID-19 and in continuing to fulfill their role in funding the real economy. Of the credit institutions operating in Finland, the entities directly supervised by ECB are Nordea Bank Abp, OP Financial Group, and Municipality Finance Plc. FIN-FSA points out that the own funds that Finnish banks under the direct supervision of ECB or FIN-FSA can use to fulfill the Pillar 2 additional capital requirement are, however, provided by law. The other measures provided by ECB are also available to banks directly supervised by the FIN-FSA, if necessary. 

    In addition, EBA wants to let banks to focus on and ensure continuity of their core operations and has decided to postpone the EU-wide stress test exercise until 2021. In line with this decision by EBA, FIN-FSA has also decided to postpone to 2021 the stress test exercise for banks under its direct supervision. Additionally, FIN-FSA has taken contingency measures in view of the corona virus to ensure the safety and well-being of staff members and the continuity of the FIN-FSA operations. FIN-FSA is also closely monitoring the situation on the financial markets and in supervised entities in cooperation with other Finnish authorities and European supervisors. The corona virus situation at the FIN-FSA is being monitored and procedures coordinated in a joint group together with the Bank of Finland. 


    Related Links

    Keywords: Europe, EU, Finland, Banking, Stress Testing, COVID 19, Capital Requirements, Liquidity Requirements, Pillar 2, ECB, EBA, FIN-FSA

    Featured Experts
    Related Articles
    News

    CBUAE Issues Regulation for Low-Risk Specialized Banks

    CBUAE has issued a regulation that introduces the licensing and supervision framework for low-risk, specialized banks.

    May 01, 2021 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    APRA Proposes Guidance to Support Prudential Standard on Remuneration

    APRA is consulting on CPG 511—the draft Prudential Practice Guide on remuneration for banks, insurers, and superannuation licensees—with the comment period ending on July 23, 2021.

    April 30, 2021 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    MAS Announces Grant Scheme to Spur Adoption of Regtech Solutions

    MAS announced a new RegTech grant scheme and an enhancement of the Digital Acceleration Grant (DAG) scheme to accelerate technology adoption in the financial sector.

    April 30, 2021 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    PRA Review Finds Most Banks Compliant with Regulatory Reporting Rules

    PRA published a letter that sets out findings from the 2020 Internal Audit Review of the Collections function of a sample of non-systemic banks and building societies.

    April 30, 2021 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    EIOPA Launches Consultation on Interbank Offered Rate Transitions

    EIOPA launched a consultation on the Interbank Offered Rate (IBOR) transitions, in context of the EU Benchmarks Regulation.

    April 30, 2021 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    EIOPA Seeks Feedback on Approach to Blockchain and Smart Contracts

    EIOPA published a discussion paper on uses cases of, and the European approach to, blockchain and smart contracts in the insurance sector.

    April 29, 2021 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    HKMA Outlines Work Priorities for 2021, Grants License to NH Bank

    HKMA granted a banking license to NongHyup Bank (also NH Bank), which is incorporated in the Republic of Korea.

    April 29, 2021 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    PRA Proposes Options for Regulatory Framework for Non-Systemic Banks

    PRA published a discussion paper that explores options for developing a simpler but resilient prudential framework for banks and building societies that are neither systemically important nor internationally active.

    April 29, 2021 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    ECB Issues Opinion on Proposal for Market Infrastructures Based on DLT

    ECB published an opinion on the proposal for a regulation on the pilot regime for market infrastructures based on distributed ledger technology.

    April 29, 2021 WebPage Regulatory News
    News

    EBA Proposes Standards to Determine Risk-Weight for Immovable Property

    EBA proposed regulatory technical standards that specify how to identify the appropriate risk-weights and conditions when assessing minimum loss given default (LGD) values for exposures secured by immovable property.

    April 29, 2021 WebPage Regulatory News
    RESULTS 1 - 10 OF 6920