On February 15, 2016, the European Banking Authority published its final Guidelines relating to cooperation agreements between Deposit Guarantee Schemes in accordance with the EU Deposit Schemes Directive. The Guidelines provide the minimum content for cooperation agreements between DGSs. The EBA has also provided a multilateral framework cooperation agreement in an attempt to minimize the need for numerous detailed bilateral agreements to be executed between multiple DGSs. The framework offers scope for DGSs to enter multilateral and bilateral agreements with more detailed terms than those provided for in the Guidelines, if necessary. The Guidelines stipulate minimum specifications to be included in cooperation agreements, including the means for: (i) repayment of depositors by the host DGS at branches of banks established in other Member States; (ii) the transfer of contributions from one DGS to another where a bank ceases to be a member of a DGS and joins another DGS; and (iii) mutual lending between DGSs. The EBA has attempted to cater for depositors in EU branches of firms headquartered in other Member States, so that they are treated in a similar fashion to depositors in home Member States by providing direction on the sequence and timing of events when the host DGS pays out depositors on behalf of the home DGS. The Guidelines will come into effect six months after their publication in all official EU languages.
The Guidelines are available at: http://www.eba.europa.eu/documents/10180/1370869/EBA-GL-2016- 02+%28Final+report+on+GL+on+DGS+cooperation+agreements%29.pdf.