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Germany stands firm: ECB is not prepared to supervise all Euro zone banks

Tuesday, September 4th 2012 - 01:25 UTC
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Minister Schaeuble: with the bigger systematically relevant banks, “there is a chance” Minister Schaeuble: with the bigger systematically relevant banks, “there is a chance”

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble rejected on Monday a European Commission plan to give the European Central Bank sweeping powers to monitor all Euro zone banks, saying it should instead focus only on systemically important institutions.

The Commission's plans to give the ECB the power to oversee all banks are intended as a first step towards a full European banking union. The EU executive body is due to publish its detailed proposals on banking supervision on September 12.

“The ECB has itself said it does not have the potential to supervise the European Union's 6,000 banks in the foreseeable future,” Schaeuble told German radio, expressing scepticism about the timeframe envisaged in the Commission proposals.

”I have doubts that this (banking supervision) can come so fast,“ he said, adding that a distinction should be drawn between smaller banks and systemically relevant institutions.

”With the bigger, systemically relevant banks ... there is a chance that direct supervision by the ECB could be realised in a foreseeable period of time,” Schaeuble said.

EU Commissioner Michel Barnier's plan would rob national supervisors of much of their authority, leaving them with routine tasks such as consumer protection. But Euro zone countries must approve the proposal before it becomes law.

Schaeuble said Euro zone finance ministers might consider the Commission proposals on September 15.

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  • British_Kirchnerist

    So now even the comission is fighting Germany openly, wow...

    Sep 04th, 2012 - 03:24 am 0
  • ManRod

    There will be no european version of the “US Federal Reserve Bank”, germans will stand against this concentration of power and robbery to the “little man”.
    There must be a consecuence for states having bad habbits in their budgets, everything else will result in economic disaster.

    Sep 04th, 2012 - 12:16 pm 0
  • vestias

    A Alemanha e a UE tem que encontrar um caminho para supervisionarem os banco Europeus se querem uma União económica e monetaria devem encontrar soluções para os Bancos

    Sep 04th, 2012 - 01:36 pm 0
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