Pressure grows for more opt-outs from Basel for smaller banks

Key MEP urges broader exemptions for regional banks as FRTB looms

Rules and regulations
Smaller European banks are at risk of being swamped by Basel rules

Political consensus appears to be emerging at the European Commission to limit the way the European Union applies Basel bank capital standards to small banking institutions.

Until now, most regulatory standards issued by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision have been imposed on all EU banks through the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR), but policy-makers are beginning to urge wide-ranging exemptions for smaller banks.

"Proportionality is often just a phrase we hear from the commission

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