Action Fraud Measures and Initiatives: A Report on the 2023 European Resolution Examination Programme
The European Resolution Examination Programme (EREP) of 2023 is a crucial initiative aimed at enhancing convergence across the internal market in the European Union. Its primary role is to establish a common culture and consistent practices among authorities throughout the EU. For the first time, the European Banking Authority (EBA) has published a report on resolution convergence, which monitors how the key topics identified in the EBA’s 2022 EREP were embedded into resolution authorities' work practices. The EREP 2024 will continue to focus on the three key areas identified in 2023: Minimum Requirement for Own Funds and Eligible Liabilities (MREL), Management Information Systems (MIS) for valuation, and liquidity needs in resolution. These priorities reflect the policy developments, progress, and expertise gained by resolution authorities, as well as recent market developments. This continuous focus on improving systems is a sign of optimism, showing a strong commitment to addressing complex issues and ensuring a safe and secure financial landscape in the European Union.
Regulatory Landscape in the EU: Insights from the 2023 European Resolution Examination Programme
As the European Union (EU) tightens its regulatory framework to ensure a robust and harmonized financial landscape, institutions must adapt and evolve. One of the most significant regulatory milestones in recent years is the European Resolution Examination Programme (EREP) 2023. This initiative seeks to enhance regulatory convergence across the EU, prompting a fundamental shift in financial practices, and thereby creating a more secure economic environment.
The EREP’s primary role is to instill a consistent culture and practices among EU authorities. The EBA's inaugural EREP report in 2023 gives a clear indication of the direction of regulatory expectations. The key focus areas identified - the Minimum Requirement for Own Funds and Eligible Liabilities (MREL), Management Information Systems (MIS) for valuation, and liquidity needs in resolution - are expected to remain in the spotlight in 2024 and beyond.
For financial institutions, particularly banks and certain investment firms, the implications are substantial. The emphasis on MREL means that they may need to maintain higher capital levels. The focus on MIS for valuation could necessitate improvements in IT systems and data management. An increased emphasis on liquidity needs during resolution means institutions may need to bolster their liquidity risk management processes.
The harmonization of regulations across the EU has potential benefits such as reducing operational challenges for multinational institutions and mitigating the risks of regulatory arbitrage. However, a one-size-fits-all approach could also mean less flexibility for member states to tailor regulations to their specific economic circumstances.
Building a common regulatory culture means that authorities must collaborate more closely, share best practices, and coordinate more effectively to address cross-border financial risks. This shift, however, calls for substantial efforts in training and capacity building among authorities.
To navigate this evolving regulatory landscape, financial institutions can adopt several strategies. Regularly reviewing and updating resolution plans, strengthening capital and liquidity management, ensuring MIS systems provide accurate and timely information, and actively engaging with resolution authorities and the EBA can help ensure compliance.
As changes may begin to be implemented from 2024 onwards, institutions will likely have a transition period to adapt. These challenges, however, offer an opportunity to create more resilient financial structures, encouraging institutions to innovate and adapt to the ever-changing regulatory environment.
In conclusion, while the EREP 2023 report points to a future of more stringent and harmonized regulations in the EU, it also illuminates the path to regulatory convergence and a common regulatory culture. Navigating this evolving landscape will require adaptability, foresight, and a strong commitment to regulatory compliance.
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