Precautionary recapitalisations: time for a review

05-07-2017

The paper conducts an analysis of the precautionary recapitalisation tool of article 32.4(d)(iii) of the BRRD, which gives Member States the ability to provide support to solvent banks with a capital shortfall highlighted by stress tests and asset quality reviews, in case of a serious disturbance in the economy. In doing so, the paper examines the relationship between precautionary recapitalisation, financial stability and a serious disturbance in the economy underlying how the absence of a clear definition of ‘serious disturbance’ and ‘financial stability’ gives sufficient room for manoeuvre to determine when to provide aid. It also reviews the applicable rules on State aid and burden sharing, which allow for sufficient flexibility in case of financial stability concerns, balancing the needs of preserving financial stability but at the same time taking competition policy interests into account. Overall, precautionary recapitalisation is a necessary measure, especially given the current economic climate and its potential to facilitate the restoration of necessary capital levels.

The paper conducts an analysis of the precautionary recapitalisation tool of article 32.4(d)(iii) of the BRRD, which gives Member States the ability to provide support to solvent banks with a capital shortfall highlighted by stress tests and asset quality reviews, in case of a serious disturbance in the economy. In doing so, the paper examines the relationship between precautionary recapitalisation, financial stability and a serious disturbance in the economy underlying how the absence of a clear definition of ‘serious disturbance’ and ‘financial stability’ gives sufficient room for manoeuvre to determine when to provide aid. It also reviews the applicable rules on State aid and burden sharing, which allow for sufficient flexibility in case of financial stability concerns, balancing the needs of preserving financial stability but at the same time taking competition policy interests into account. Overall, precautionary recapitalisation is a necessary measure, especially given the current economic climate and its potential to facilitate the restoration of necessary capital levels.