On December 18, 2015, the EBA published an opinion, dated December 16, 2015, addressed to national regulators and the European Commission on the interaction of Pillar 1, Pillar 2 and combined buffer requirements and restrictions on distributions. The EBA considers that national regulators should ensure that the Common Equity Tier 1 capital that is used for calculation of the maximum distributable amount is limited to the amount not used to meet a firm’s Pillar 1 and 2 own funds requirements. Also, national regulators should require firms to disclose MDA-relevant capital requirements. The EBA is also of the view that the Commission should review the MDA provisions of the Capital Requirements Directive, aiming to eliminate inconsistencies in the application of the provisions across the EU and should review the prohibition on distribution, in particular, as it relates to Additional Tier 1 instruments when no profits are made in a given year.

The Opinion is available at: http://www.eba.europa.eu/documents/10180/983359/EBA-Op-2015- 24+Opinion+on+MDA.pdf.