BBVA - Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA

11/02/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/02/2018 05:30

The implementation of Basel III: consistency and flexibility

'Ten years after the start of the regulatory reform, efforts are still needed to implement the agreed rules in a harmonized way,' he contended. BBVA's Head of Global Economics, Regulation and Public Affairs and Executive Member of the Board participated in a high level meeting on global and regional supervision priorities, organized by the Association of Supervisors of Banks of the Americas (ASBA), the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) and the Financial Stability Institute (FSI) of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS).

José Manuel González-Páramo began his presentation by identifying the factors influencing change in the banking sector, the so-called '4 Rs': return, reputation, (digital) revolution and regulation. He focused on this final R to explain how the regulatory framework has changed since the financial crisis, with a real 'regulatory tsunami' over the past ten years.

José Manuel González-Páramo analyzed the implementation of the Basel III agreement, central to regulation of the banking sector. 'Regulatory reforms have been fundamental to making the financial system more resilient,' explained González-Páramo. And the Basel III framework, created between 2007 and 2017, marked a milestone among these reforms. One of its achievements includes increasing the CET1 capital ratio - used to measure banks' solvency - by more than 70%.

The biggest banks and the G20 countries have successfully implemented Basel III. However, José Manuel González-Páramo called for a consistent, yet flexible, application of the agreement. To encourage consistency, he recommends addressing two pending issues: the Basel Committee lacks supranational authority and its rules are minimum global standards, which can lead to inconsistencies among countries.

The Basel III reforms will help to mitigate the impact of future banking crisis. In this regard, the G20 countries have taken the lead and most now comply with Basel. However, the Basel Committee's standards could be expanded to countries that do not belong to the G20.