On September 12, 2016, the European Central Bank published proposed draft Guidance on non-performing loans. The proposed Guidance addresses the main aspects of strategy, governance and operations for resolving NPLs. Once finalized, the Guidance will apply to all Eurozone Significant Institutions supervised by the ECB in the Single Supervisory Mechanism as well as their international subsidiaries. Eurozone banks will be expected to apply the Guidance proportionately with those banks that have a high level of NPLs taking greater actions. The ECB Banking Supervision emphasizes that an NPL strategy should outline the bank’s approach and objectives regarding the effective management and ultimate reduction of NPL stocks in a clear, credible and feasible manner for each relevant portfolio. The ECB also published the results of a survey which it undertook with eight national supervisory authorities. The survey assesses the legal and supervisory practices of eight of the Eurozone countries. The ECB considers that some of those countries should revise and strengthen the legal framework on NPLs. Responses to the consultation are due by November 15, 2016.

The draft Guidance and related information is available at:

https://www.bankingsupervision.europa.eu/legalframework/publiccons/html/npl.en.html and the draft Guidance is available at: https://www.bankingsupervision.europa.eu/legalframework/publiccons/pdf/npl/npl_guidance.en.pdf