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This document provides an overview of public hearings and exchange of views with the Chair of the European Central Bank (ECB) Supervisory Board in the ECON Committee since July 2019. It also provides an overview of all external papers requested by the ECON Committee by a standing panel of banking experts. Lastly, the annex contains an overview of the respective legal bases for these hearings as part of the accountability framework of the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM). For an overview of public ...

This document presents selected indicators on public finance for the Euro Area Member States and the Euro Area as a whole. For each indicator, it provides a short explanation and the data sources. The final section presents a short overview of the main indicators used by the European and other international institutions to assess debt sustainability.

On 2 August 2021, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced that an exceptionally large allocation of special drawing rights (SDRs), worth US$650 billion (€550 billion), had been approved with effect from 23 August 2021. The SDR allocation, the largest in the IMF's history, would serve to 'boost global liquidity' and help all members 'address the long-term global need for reserves'. The initiative complies with the IMF's mission of monitoring and promoting stability on the international monetary ...

Many financial institutions have warned that the transition to a low-carbon economy could cause a major shock to fossil fuel valuation, with the potential for systemic risk. This paper discusses disclosure commitments and empirical evidence in order to gauge the exposure of banks towards fossil fuel assets as well as the consequent implications for banks’ balance sheets and for financial stability.

On 24 February 2022, Russia launched an invasion of Ukraine. The war itself, as well as related sanctions and countersanctions are expected to have a significant impact on the euro area economy. This paper summarises the recent monetary policy decisions of the European Central Bank (ECB)'s Governing Council and outlines some policy issues and challenges that might arise in the context of the war, related to price stability, financial stability, climate and energy policies, ECB/Eurosystem staff projections ...

This briefing paper describes and evaluates the law and economics of institution(al) protection schemes. Throughout our analysis, we use Europe’s largest such scheme, that of German savings banks, as paradigm. We find strengths and weaknesses: Strong network-internal monitoring and early warning seems to be an important contributor to IPS network success. Similarly, the geographical quasi-cartel encourages banks to build a strong client base, including SME, in all regions. Third, the growth of ...

Institutional Protection Schemes in German Banking

Analisi approfondita 27-04-2022

This paper discusses the Institutional Protection Schemes of the German Savings Banks Finance Group and the National Association of Cooperative Banks. Both schemes have been recognised as Deposit Guarantee Schemes. Although both schemes never had to pay out to depositors, supervisors have expressed worries about several weaknesses of the IPS of the Savings Banks Finance Group, such as unclear responsibilities of the ‘owners’ and the IPS, complex decision-making processes, risk of insufficient pro-active ...

AAG of the study identifies the fundamental rationale for a possible issuance of a digital euro: to preserve the role of public money in a digital economy. It outlines the policy options, trade-offs as well as design issues that its creation would raise. This document was provided by the Policy Department for Economic, Scientific and Quality of Life Policies at the request of the committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON)

This note is prepared in view of an ordinary public hearing with the Chair of the Single Resolution Board (SRB), Elke König, which will take place on 14 March 2022. This briefing (1) addresses mainly the situation of Sberbank Europe that has been declared failing-or-likely-to-fail, giving background information (i) on the bank, (ii) the process, (iii) the actions taken, (iv) the public interest assessments made, and (v) the implications for deposit guarantee schemes. In view of the current situation ...

This note looks at the 2022 recommendation on the economic policies of the euro area proposed by the Commission and agreed by the Council. It also provides an overview of the follow up of the 2021 recommendations, making use of public information and based on proxies such as on how the Eurogroup has integrated euro area recommendations’ concerns in their “thematic discussions” and work programmes. In addition, the note provides a review of the euro area recommendations from an institutional perspective ...