EU Commission releases study

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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