On December 8, 2015, the EBA published a comparative report on recovery plan scenarios used by firms across the EU. The EBA aims to provide national regulators and firms with an overview of developments in recovery plan scenarios as well as identify best practices and areas where improvement is needed. Under the EU Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive, banks must prepare recovery plans which include a range of scenarios of severe macroeconomic and financial stress relevant to a bank’s specific conditions. The recovery plan must be assessed and approved by a bank’s relevant national regulator. The EBA’s analysis is that while some banks’ recovery plans comply with the requirements of the BRRD and the secondary legislation and guidelines, others do not. The EBA identifies key areas for improvement, including: (i) recovery plans should make clear the relevance of each scenario to the individual bank; (ii) the scenario  and its impacts need to be explained so that the severity of the scenario is clear; (iii) the recovery plans should depict events as a sequence, not as point-in-time, so that a complete assessment of the recovery capacity of a firm can be made; and (iv) the link between a scenario and its indicators and options must be apparent so that an assessment of the  adequacy of the framework of indicators and the recovery capacity is possible.

The report is available at: