The Financial Stability Board (FSB) Regional Consultative Group (RCG) for Europe met in Florence today. RCG members began by discussing current financial vulnerabilities, including global and regional macroeconomic and financial market developments.
Members received an update on the work of the FSB, including the outcomes of the FSB’s recent Plenary meeting. The FSB’s 2018 workplan focuses on:
- monitoring the financial system to identify emerging risks, including those related to crypto-assets;
- completing the G20’s financial reform priorities;
- evaluating policies that have been implemented to ensure the reform programme is efficient, coherent, effective and addressing any unintended consequences
- optimising how the FSB works to maximise its effectiveness.
Interest-rate benchmarks in individual jurisdictions within the RCG Europe were the next topic for discussion. Members of the group discussed the reforms put in place across Europe. Members discussed the implementation of EU benchmark legislation and the issues authorities face to ensure the transparency, reliability and improved governance and supervision of benchmark rates.
Members then discussed progress in work to transform shadow banking into resilient market-based finance. Members noted that market-based finance provides a valuable alternative to bank funding and helps to support real economic activity, but it may also pose risks for financial stability.
European authorities are currently developing legislation to implement the FSB’s standard on Total Loss-Absorbing Capacity that is designed to ensure that a failing bank has sufficient loss-absorbing and recapitalisation capacity available.