On July 31, 2015, the EBA published a call for evidence under the CRR on Small and Medium Enterprises and the related capital reduction for loans to SMEs, also known as the Supporting Factor. The Supporting Factor allows banks to counterbalance the rise in capital resulting from the capital conservation buffer. Under the CRR, banks should use the capital relief produced through the Supporting Factor exclusively to provide an adequate flow of credit to SMEs in the European Union. The call for evidence aims to collect views from stakeholders and the industry to contribute to the report to the European Commission on lending trends and lending conditions for SMEs, as well as the potential risks associated with SMEs in the context of capital reduction. The final report on SMEs and the Supporting Factor will be published by the EBA in the first quarter of 2016. Responses to the call for evidence are due by October 1, 2015.

The call for evidence is available at: http://www.eba.europa.eu/documents/10180/1153414/EBA-DP-2015- 02+Discussion+Paper+on+SME.pdf