How to improve crisis management in the banking union: a European FDIC?

Speech by Mr Fernando Restoy, Chairman, Financial Stability Institute, Bank for International Settlements, at the CIRSF Annual International Conference 2019 on "Financial supervision and financial stability 10 years after the crisis: achievements and next steps", Lisbon, Portugal, 4 July 2019.

BIS, FSI speech  | 
15 July 2019


The creation of the Single Resolution Mechanism has been a crucial step forward in the development of the banking union. Yet the coexistence of a common regime for the resolution of systemic banks with a wide variety of - typically inefficient - national insolvency regimes for non-systemic institutions creates significant obstacles for the adequate management of banking crises in the euro zone. In particular, the current regime fails to provide robust procedures for managing the failure of mid-sized institutions and falls short of fully breaking the link between banks and sovereigns. The speech discusses the pros and cons of the various options for addressing the current deficiencies and sketches the steps of the gradual establishment of a common FDIC-like insolvency regime for the banking union.