11 Jul 2017

AFME comments on the European Council action plan to address NPLs

Following the agreement by the European Council today on an action plan to address the problem of non-performing loans in the banking sector, Simon Lewis, Chief Executive at the Association for Financial Markets in Europe said:

“AFME supports the establishment of a strategy to address the issue of high NPL levels, where they occur, to avoid risks of cross-border spill overs in Europe. We believe that fostering deeper secondary markets for NPLs can contribute to better management of NPL flow. We therefore support proposals under the Capital Markets Union towards this objective.

“A strategy to deal with high levels of NPLs needs to be appropriately targeted and should distinguish between legacy issues and the flow of future NPLs. The need for additional supervisory measures to control new NPLs should be very carefully assessed given supervisors’ existing powers. We caution against pursuing additional measures in this area which could be duplicative and costly for firms that are currently successfully managing NPLs.”

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