Reducing Risk in the Banking Union

Commission presents measures to accelerate the reduction of non-performing loans in the banking sector

The Commission proposed today an ambitious and comprehensive package of measures to tackle non-performing loans in Europe, capitalising on the significant progress already made in reducing risks in the banking sector.

With today’s far-reaching measures, the Commission is delivering on the Council’s Action Plan to address the high stock of non-performing loans and prevent their possible future accumulation. It builds on ongoing efforts by Member States, supervisors, credit institutions and the EU which led to stocks of non-performing loans declining in recent years across banks and EU countries.

Despite good progress, however, more needs to be done to address remaining stocks of non-performing loans and their possible build-up in the future. Today’s measures aim to put the EU banking sector on an even sounder footing for future generations, with rock-solid banks that perform their indispensable role in financing the economy and supporting growth. The package complements work on the Capital Markets Union and is an essential step towards the completion of the Banking Union, one of the immediate priorities agreed by EU leaders to strengthen Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union.

This package sets out a comprehensive approach with a mix of complementary policy actions that target four key areas:

  • Ensuring that banks set aside funds to cover the risks associated with loans issued in the future that may become non-performing.
  • Encouraging the development of secondary markets where banks can sell their non-performing loans to credit servicers and investors.
  • Facilitating debt recovery, as a complement to the insolvency and business restructuring proposal put forward in November 2016.
  • Assisting Member States that so wish in the restructuring of banks, by providing non-binding guidance – a blueprint – for establishing Asset Management Companies or other measures dealing with non-performing loans.

 

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