EU tweaks set to temper Basel III capital hike by a third

Changes to required capital for credit risk expected to be main driver behind average reduction

European Union-specific adjustments to the fully loaded Basel III rules are expected to limit the impact on banks’ capital requirements by more than four percentage points, data from the European Banking Authority (EBA) shows.

The reform package agreed in 2019 by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) is set to increase the average Tier 1 capital requirement for the 160 EU banks sampled by the EBA by 15% compared with end-2021 levels.

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