Precautionary recapitalisations: time for a review

05-07-2017

Precautionary recapitalisation, a tool for public intervention in the banking sector defined in the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD), is consistent with the rest of BRRD and a legitimate instrument for bank crisis management. The conditions set for it by BRRD are restrictive and have so far been effective to prevent its inappropriate use on insolvent banks. Minor corrections to the legislative text are desirable to fix a few cases of poor drafting. Beyond these, there is no immediate need for legislative change before the broader review of BRRD scheduled in late 2018. Outside of the scope of BRRD, the co-legislators should consider a reform of the EU audit framework to improve audit quality, and the European Stability Mechanism should be empowered to participate in future precautionary recapitalisations.

Precautionary recapitalisation, a tool for public intervention in the banking sector defined in the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD), is consistent with the rest of BRRD and a legitimate instrument for bank crisis management. The conditions set for it by BRRD are restrictive and have so far been effective to prevent its inappropriate use on insolvent banks. Minor corrections to the legislative text are desirable to fix a few cases of poor drafting. Beyond these, there is no immediate need for legislative change before the broader review of BRRD scheduled in late 2018. Outside of the scope of BRRD, the co-legislators should consider a reform of the EU audit framework to improve audit quality, and the European Stability Mechanism should be empowered to participate in future precautionary recapitalisations.