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EU Commission to Have Power to Resolve EU Banks?

The FT is reporting that, under the terms of a discussion paper currently under review in Brussels in relation to the single resolution mechanism (SRM), the EU Commission would be given the power to resolve EU banking institutions directly, with member states merely implementing Commission decisions.  This is in contrast to the agreement reached last week between France and Germany that the SRM should be run by a “resolution board” made up of national authorities (which itself when further than the original Germany vision of the SRM as a “network” of national supervisors).  The Commission also wants the resolution authority to have a single bank resolution fund as well as the power to borrow, using the “assets of euro area banks” as a guarantee and backstop.

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