On August 6, 2015, the European Commission issued a press release dated July 24, 2015 announcing its intention to amend the draft Implementing Technical Standards on additional monitoring metrics for liquidity reporting under the CRR. The draft ITS set the amount and quality of capital that a bank must hold to absorb losses and also sets a general liquidity requirement for banks. The main amendment to the draft ITS concerns the removal of the “maturity ladder” template and its related instructions. This template lists the maturity of liquid assets as well as the expected timing of cash inflows and outflows for firms according to 22 timelines ranging from overnight to over 10 years. The amendment will ensure that the draft ITS aligns with the definition of “liquid assets” in the Commission’s Delegated Regulation on the liquidity coverage requirement for banks which includes the liquidity coverage ratio and the liquidity buffer. The Commission also intends to amend the proposed date of application of the draft ITS from July 1, 2015 to January 1, 2016.

The Commission’s press release is available at: http://ec.europa.eu/finance/bank/docs/regcapital/acts/its/20150724_announcement_en.pdf.