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Harmonizing national options and discretions in the EU banking regulation

Zdenek Kudrna and Sonja Puntscher Riekmann

Journal of Economic Policy Reform, 2018, vol. 21, issue 2, 144-158

Abstract: The European Central Bank strives to harmonize over 160 national options and discretions (O&Ds) that contribute to the fragmentation of banking union’s regulatory framework. National authorities seem prepared to accept it, despite previously insisting on the inclusion of all O&Ds into the EU legislation. We analyze a sample of O&D choices and their correspondence to cleavages pertinent to the political economy of EU banking. We find that the 11 post-communist member states use O&Ds more stringently to protect capital and liquidity in the local subsidiaries of foreign-own banks, which may complicate their potential opt-in to the banking union.

Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.1080/17487870.2017.1400438

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