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Parliamentary questions
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19 December 2019
E-004562/2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Niels Fuglsang
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: The Commission’s upcoming impact assessment of the implementation of the final Basel III standard

Following the financial crisis of 2008, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision assessed its international standards to prepare for a possible review.

The Commission will present the legislative groundwork for implementing the final Basel III standards in the EU during the second quarter of 2020.

The Commission will provide an impact assessment to serve as a basis for legislative negotiations with Parliament.

A detailed analysis of the unique aspects of the EU markets is vital for the stability of the various economies. The difference between unrated companies in the EU and the US is one aspect in need of a closer analysis.

One cause for concern is that an inflexible implementation of the final Basel III standard would reduce the incentive to lend money to unrated EU companies. This could lead to the assignment of a risk weight of 100 % to unrated corporates under the standardised approach, or 72.5 % under the internal ratings based approach.

Will the Commission’s impact assessment include a detailed analysis of the consequences for these unrated companies?

Will it also include a country-by-country assessment, that takes the diversity of the EU financial markets into account?

Original language of question: DA
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