ECB's bank watchdog warned on NPL clean-up drive

SSM may need clearer enforcement process to boost bad loan provisioning, says regulator

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Under construction: the ECB may need extra supervisory powers

The European Central Bank's (ECB) single supervisory mechanism for the banking union may need clearer powers to implement its clean-up efforts for non-performing loans (NPLs) in the eurozone, a European regulator has warned.

"The ECB is creating a common yardstick to define and measure NPLs, which is already great progress. But the enforcement process, such as administrative fines, will still be decided by national supervisors under national law," said Maria Nieto, assistant director-general for

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