On April 9, 2015, the European Banking Authority published its first report on progress towards convergence of supervisory practice across EU Member States. Under the Capital Requirements Directive, the EBA must report annually to the EU Parliament and the Council on the degree of convergence of supervisory practices between Member States. The EBA is responsible for developing a Single Rulebook and recommendations as well as a European supervisory handbook to promote consistency across the EU. The EBA’s report focuses on the supervisory review and evaluation process and assessment of risks (known as SREP), stress testing, review of permissions to use internal approach, and supervisory measures and powers. The EBA notes that there has been significant progress since 2011 in strengthening supervisory colleges and that supervisory convergence is under way. However, further work is required, such as the development of technical standards and guidelines on key aspects of the Internal Ratings Based Approach, the interaction between capital buffers, and additional capital requirements and implementation by national regulators of the EBA’s guidelines and other policy items relating to supervision.
The EBA’s report is available at: http://www.eba.europa.eu/documents/10180/950548/Supervisory+convergence+report.pdf.