On 15 May 2012, the Council of the EU announced that the Economic and Financial Affairs Council ("ECOFIN") has reached agreement on the CRD IV proposals.  CRD IV is a package of EU reforms on prudential requirements for credit institutions and investment firms intending address a number of issues arising from the financial crisis.  The existing Capital Requirements Directive will be replaced with the CRD IV Directive and the Capital Requirements Regulation.  The amendments agreed by ECOFIN were published on 17 May 2012 and are available here.