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Prudential, Supervision and Resolution

WSBI-ESBG is a propoponent of the proportionality principle.

Banking legislation: Strike the right balance

WSBI-ESBG is a propoponent of the proportionality principle, an instrument that aims to achieve the right balance between the objectives pursued by legislation and the methods used to achieve them.
It is needed balance to prevent the financial system and its regulatory framework ​from creating disproportionate obligations to banks that do not adjust to the standards ​of size, complexity, business model, and cross-border activity. When proportionality is applied properly, it creates an evironment for further innovation, ​sustainable finance as well as finanical inclusion by savings and retail banks.


Prudential treatment of software investments

In today’s digital era, the current approach of the EU-Legislator to the capital treatment of software assets is a disadvantage in comparison with non-EU banks and FinTech Companies and must be tackled in order to achieve a level playing field, preserve fair competition and advance technological innovations and digitalisation in the financial (banking) sector.

Identified Concerns

Article 36 (1) (b) CRR 2 states that the decisive criterion for the exception is that the value of software assets is not negatively affected by resolution, insolvency or liquidation. This provision could be interpreted that the exception applies to software assets, where the value does not materially suffer in a crisis. In addition, the Art. 36 (4) CRR 2 mandates EBA to define a threshold below which the software is affected to an extent that it cannot be deducted from the CET 1 Capital.

Proposed Solutionsand Actions

The EBA provides some relief when it comes to the capital treatment of software, but it is still far too restrictive and inefficient in comparison to the US/Swiss Model. The prudential treatment of software assets in Europe should not penalize innovation. At the same time, banks need flexibility in cases where the benefits do not compensate the cost, Therefore, an option to not apply the RTS would be welcomed by certain institutions.

Why PolicymakersShould Act

it needs to be ensured that EBA develops clear criteria to specify the materiality of negative effects on the values, which do not cause prudential concerns, and provides comprehensive guidance on how to perform this assessment in a way that is not unnecessarily burdensome and complex.

Background

As part of the Risk Reduction Measures (RRM) package adopted by the European legislators, the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR) has been amended and introduced, among other things, an exemption from the deduction of intangible assets from Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) items for prudently valued software assets, the value of which is not negatively affected by resolution, insolvency or liquidation of the institution. In addition, the EBA was mandated to develop draft RTS to specify how this provision shall be applied.

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