EU Commission releases study

The long-delayed European Commission study has at last been published today. Conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the study examines the economic impact of the new Basel and EU capital adequacy proposals on the EU financial services sector.

The study apparently reveals that the proposals should lead to a small reduction in bank capital requirements and thus provide a small stimulus to the economy of the EU.

The study concludes “the objective of neutrality [of Basel II on regulatory capital in the financial system] has largely been achieved”, with an expected fall of about 5% in regulatory capital for the European Union and in particular substantial falls for banks that specialise in finance for retail and small and medium-sized

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