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EU plans to prevent taxpayer cash being used to save failing banks

The European Union on Tuesday proposed making it harder for states to pour billions of euros of aid into an ailing bank, as Italy did with Monte dei Paschi di Siena six years ago.

Proposals from the EU’s executive seek to ensure that banks hold enough resources, in particular debt that can be written down to release cash in a crisis, to avoid taxpayer handouts.

The recent collapses in the United States of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank and the forced takeover of Credit Suisse by UBS last month were a reminder that failures still occur.

The European Commission said its proposals “will enable authorities to organise the orderly market exit for a failing bank of any size and business model”.

The proposals update rules introduced after the global financial crisis of 2007-09 to stop banks being “too-big-to-fail”, where taxpayers remain on the hook.

Under current rules, the failure of a large bank in the bloc is dealt with by the Single Resolution Board, but winding down the next tier down of lenders is subject to differing national practices that can end up using taxpayer money.

The proposals seek to make it easier and more consistent to apply EU resolution rules instead of national practices to this lower tier of lenders, on a case-by-case basis, European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis told reporters.

No easy debate

European Parliament member Markus Ferber of Germany, which wants a carve out from some proposed rules, said not every ailing small bank needs to go into resolution.

The proposal to allow the use of deposit guarantee funds while closing or selling parts of a failed bank must not prop up un-viable lenders, markets body AFME added.

“We are not expecting easy debate on these questions,” Dombrovskis said.

EU states and the European Parliament have the final say on the proposals, which also make it harder for governments to inject state aid into struggling banks, known as precautionary capital, a mechanism use by Italy for Monte dei Paschi in 2017.

An explicit date for paying back the money or selling the bank will be required.

The proposals do not attempt to revive a 2015 proposal for a pan-EU deposit guarantee scheme, and there is no change to the protection of 100,000 euros ($109,450) per account.

[Reuters]

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2 comments

  1. Because the EU wants that bailing out banks that made bad decisions is solely the exclusive right of the EU and the ECB. The ECB and politicians highly in the pockets of …..banks and financial institutions.

    The queen of the ECB Lagarde, gave a big speech yesterday in which among others she stated that in these turbulent times with multipolarity:

    “For Europe, long-delayed projects such as deepening and integrating our capital markets can no longer be viewed solely through the lens of domestic financial policy. To put it bluntly, we need to complete the European capital markets union. This will be pivotal in determining whether the euro remains among the leading global currencies or others take its place”.

    Aka, debt mutualization and Eurobonds. And of course a Euro Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC). Kiss unrestricted access to your money and your freedoms goodbye.
    Never let a good crisis go to waste.

    • exactly, my friend! i couldnt have said it any better myself.
      one more power grab disguised as ‘helping’.
      personally i’d be in favor of shutting down ALL banks, including the central banks, and going back to money being whatever people freely agree upon – which almost always ends up settling on gold and silver- and anyone who wants to go into the borrowing and lending business, may he be free to do so with his own funds, under his own name, with his own liability, and his own skin in the game. sooner or later that’s the only way to end this house of mirrors that’s been built up over the years. of course bankers and politicians will try to move mountains to prevent that from happening as theyd lose all their power, wealth, and status! boo hoo!