This is one way to respond to the mess Euroland is in over who should make the calls for recapitalising banks…
The European Banking Authority is delaying its next banking stress test to 2014, to wait for both new asset-quality reviews and the ECB’s Single Supervisory Mechanism (so is it to wait for Wolfgang Schaeuble?):
The EBA agreed today on recommendations to supervisors to conduct asset quality reviews on major EU banks. While banks’ capital positions were significantly strengthened under the EBA’s recapitalisation exercise, the objective of the asset quality exercises will be to review banks’ classifications and valuations of their assets so to help dispel concerns over the deterioration of asset quality due to macroeconomic conditions in Europe.
Since appropriately reviewed balance sheets are a key input to an effective stress test, the EBA has also adjusted the timeline of the next EU-wide stress test so to conduct the exercise in 2014 once the asset quality reviews are completed. However, to ensure transparency and comparability over the years, the EBA will provide, in the second half of 2013, appropriate disclosure on the actual exposures of the EU banking sector.
The EBA underlines the importance of taking into account and supporting the work on the review of banks’ assets and, in particular, of ensuring alignment in methodologies and timeline with the balance sheet assessment of the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) to be conducted under the aegis of the European Central Bank.
In this respect, the set of EBA recommendations and the timeframe for the asset quality reviews and the EU-wide stress test will be published once the timeline of the SSM’s balance sheet assessment is known.
Good thing we’re not in a hurry.
Stress tests coverage – FT Alphaville