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COVID-19 - Impact on Financial Sector - 10 August 2020


Please find below a summary of  COVID-19 developments of last week (3/8 until 7/8 included); these alerts are dedicated to following up on the financial  regulators’ responses to the crisis. We have also created a COVID-19 Resource Center to offer legal and business insights as this crisis continues to evolve. We wish you and your loved ones well.

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EBA provides clarity on the implementation of the reporting and disclosure framework in the context of COVID-19 measures


The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today some frequently asked questions related to the implementation of its Guidelines on reporting and disclosure of exposures subject to measures applied in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The technical clarifications provided by the EBA will assist supervisors and credit institutions in the implementation of the Guidelines. The implementation questions and technical clarifications have been included in a newly added section 4 to the EBA Report on the implementation of selected COVID-19 policies, first published on 7 July 2020.




Basel Committee releases consultative documents on principles for operational risk and operational resilience


In recent years, the growth of technology-related threats has increased the importance of banks' operational resilience. The Covid-19 pandemic has made the need to address these threats even more pressing. Given the critical role played by banks in the global financial system, increasing banks' resilience to absorb shocks from operational risks, such as those arising from pandemics, cyber incidents, technology failures or natural disasters, will provide additional safeguards to the financial system as a whole. 

Recognising that a concerted operational resilience effort may not prevent a significant shock resulting from a specific hazard, the Committee seeks comment on proposed Principles for operational resilience that aim to mitigate the impact of potentially severe adverse events by enhancing banks' ability to withstand, adapt to and recover from them.