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Google-Yahoo-and-Apfel-Steuer-Vermeidung-Scheme-Geht-Through-Ireland-2Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem will strive to strengthen the EU Banking Union, despite recent calls to loosen regulation in response to bank share volatility in in global markets, he told the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee on Thursday. “There should be no doubt of the European Union’s determination to apply these rules”, he said in his capacity as Eurogroup President and chair of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN).

The EU’s Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive, which came into force at the beginning of 2015, sets a new common framework across the EU on how troubled banks should be dealt with. Mr Dijsselbloem said that since the global crisis, there had been significant progress in raising capital buffers and strengthening supervision over banks. “There are still issues with banks, but they are in much better shape”, he said.

A key legacy issue of the global crisis is the portfolio of non-performing loans held by many banks in some countries. “There is no magic stick to make those disappear, but we need to gradually build those down and make sure our banks are open for business”, he said.

Präsident der Eurogruppe optimistisch für die Wirtschaft der Eurozone

Despite the recent volatility on global stock markets, the eurozone is emerging from the global economic crisis, said Dijsselbloem, who cautioned against allowing memories of the global economic downturn to cloud the economic outlook. Taking a bullish view of its economy, he said that the zone was ‘moving out of the crisis’ and pointed to falls in the deficit, government debt and structural reforms.

Challenged by one MEP about the strength of his outlook, Dijsselbloem said his assessment was not determined by the turmoil on the markets in recent weeks. “Somewhere, the crisis is alive in our heads and very little has to happen in Europe and we are in crisis again,” he said.

 

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