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    BCBS Publishes High-level Considerations on Proportionality

    July 07, 2022

    The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) published high-level considerations on proportionality. The considerations are intended to provide practical support to supervisory authorities that seek to implement proportionality in their domestic regulatory and supervisory frameworks, in a way that does not undermine the stability or safety of financial institutions.

    The document includes high-level considerations to guide decision-making and technical annexes outlining more specific considerations for various elements of the Basel framework. The Basel Consultative Group (BCG) developed these high-level considerations, the application of which will be voluntary and does not modify the core principles for effective banking supervision (BCPs), Basel framework, or any of the Committee's existing standards, guidelines, or sound practices. The Basel Committee does not intend to use these considerations or the accompanying technical annexes to assess proportionality in member or non-member jurisdictions and under the Regulatory Consistency Assessment Program (RCAP). Proportionality in financial system regulation and supervision can ensure that the applicable rules and supervision practices are consistent with the systemic importance and risk profile of banks and are appropriate for the broader characteristics of a particular financial system. To implement proportionality approach across and within jurisdictions, the authorities should consider the following high-level considerations:

    • Proportionality approaches should be consistent with the core principles for effective banking supervision to preserve financial stability.
    • Basel framework is the standard for internationally active banks and it already embeds a menu of options with various elements of proportionality and flexibility that could be the first choice whenever appropriate and possible.
    • The regulation for non-internationally active banks should be customized depending on local circumstances.
    • Effective proportionate approaches should be both conservative and simple to understand and implement.
    • Proportionality should help authorities achieve an appropriate intensity of supervision for all banks.
    • Proportionate approaches should provide regulatory certainty, without being overly static.
    • Proportionality approaches should include supervisory discretion that will allow supervisors to respond to bank behaviors and financial system developments.


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    Keywords: International, Banking, Basel, Proportionality, Systemic Risk, Financial Stability, Basel Core Principles, Basel Consultative Group, BCBS

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