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Consolidated text: Decision (EU) 2019/322 of the European Central Bank of 31 January 2019 on delegation of the power to adopt decisions regarding supervisory powers granted under national law (ECB/2019/4)

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DECISION (EU) 2019/322 OF THE EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK

of 31 January 2019

on delegation of the power to adopt decisions regarding supervisory powers granted under national law (ECB/2019/4)

(OJ L 055 25.2.2019, p. 7)

Amended by:

 

 

Official Journal

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DECISION (EU) 2021/1441 OF THE EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK of 3 August 2021

  L 314

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6.9.2021




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DECISION (EU) 2019/322 OF THE EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK

of 31 January 2019

on delegation of the power to adopt decisions regarding supervisory powers granted under national law (ECB/2019/4)



Article 1

Definitions

For the purposes of this Decision, the following definitions shall apply:

(1) 

‘national powers decisions’ mean decisions taken by the ECB in exercise of its supervisory powers granted under national law that are not explicitly provided for in Union law;

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(2) 

‘acquisition of a holding’ means: (a) the acquisition of a direct or indirect holding of capital or of voting rights in another entity, including as a result of the establishment of a new entity, other than the acquisition of a qualifying holding within the meaning of Article 22 of Directive 2013/36/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council ( 1 ); and (b) any transaction that is equivalent under the relevant national law to such an acquisition;

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(3) 

‘merger’ means (a) an operation whereby one or more companies, on being dissolved with or without going into liquidation, transfer all of their assets and liabilities to an existing company or a new company, in exchange for the issue to their shareholders of securities or shares representing the capital of that existing company or new company, or (b) any transaction that is a merger under the relevant national law;

(4) 

‘demerger’ means (a) an operation whereby one or more companies split part of their assets and liabilities and form a new company that holds these assets and liabilities, or (b) any transaction that is a demerger under the relevant national law;

(5) 

‘third country or territory’ means a country or territory outside the European Economic Area;

(6) 

‘related party’ means a natural person that is related to a credit institution or a close member of that person's family, or a legal person that is related to a credit institution, in accordance with the relevant national law;

(7) 

‘SREP decision’ means the decision adopted by the ECB on the basis of Article 16 of Regulation (EU) No 1024/2013 following the annual supervisory review and evaluation process within the meaning of Article 97 of Directive 2013/36/EU;

(8) 

‘liquidity coverage ratio’ (LCR) means the ratio as defined in Article 4 of the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/61 ( 2 );

(9) 

‘equivalent supervisory and regulatory standards’ are supervisory and regulatory requirements or arrangements applied by a third country or territory that are recognised by the European Commission as equivalent to those applied in the Union in accordance with Articles 107(4) and 114(7) of Regulation (EU) No 575/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council ( 3 ). The relevant third countries and territories are listed in Annexes I and IV to Commission Implementing Decision 2014/908/EU ( 4 );

(10) 

‘delegation decision’ and ‘delegated decision’ have the same meaning as in points (2) and (4) of Article 3 of Decision (EU) 2017/933 (ECB/2016/40), respectively;

(11) 

‘heads of work units’ means the heads of work units of the ECB to whom the power to adopt national powers decisions is delegated;

(12) 

‘non-objection procedure’ means the procedure set out in Article 26(8) of Regulation (EU) No 1024/2013, and further specified in Article 13g of Decision ECB/2004/2;

(13) 

‘negative decision’ means a decision that does not or does not fully grant the permission as requested by the significant supervised entity. A decision with ancillary provisions such as conditions or obligations shall be considered as a negative decision unless such ancillary provisions (a) ensure that the supervised entity fulfils the requirements of relevant national law and have been agreed in writing, or (b) merely restate one or more of the existing requirements that the institution has to comply with pursuant to a relevant provision of national law or require information on the fulfilment of one or more of such requirements;

(14) 

‘significant supervised entity’ means a significant supervised entity as defined in point (16) of Article 2 of Regulation (EU) No 468/2014 of the European Central Bank (ECB/2014/17) ( 5 );

(15) 

‘branch’ means a branch as defined in Article 4(1)(17) of Regulation (EU) No 575/2013;

(16) 

‘representative office’ means an office that promotes or assists the activities of a supervised entity but which does not carry out the business of a credit institution;

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(17) 

‘non-core support services’ means ancillary services supporting the principal business of a credit institution including administrative services, customer services, debt collection services, e-signatures or other similar services;

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(18) 

‘ECB guide’ means any document, adopted by the Governing Council upon a proposal from the Supervisory Board and published on the ECB's website and which gives guidance on the ECB's interpretation of legal requirements;

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(19) 

‘regulated entity’ means a regulated entity as defined in point (4) of Article 2 of Directive 2002/87/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council ( 6 );

(20) 

‘ECB Guide on the supervisory approach to consolidation in the banking sector’ means a document with this title containing the principles underpinning the prudential supervisory approach followed by the ECB when determining whether the arrangements implemented by a credit institution resulting from a consolidation ensure the sound management and coverage of its risks, adopted and amended from time to time in accordance with the non-objection procedure and published on the ECB’s website;

(21) 

‘sensitivity’ means a characteristic or factor that may have a negative impact on the ECB’s reputation and/or on the effective and consistent functioning of the Single Supervisory Mechanism, including but not limited to any of the following: (a) the relevant supervised entity has previously been, or is currently, subject to severe supervisory measures such as early intervention measures; (b) the draft decision once adopted will set a new precedent that could bind the ECB in the future; (c) the draft decision once adopted may attract negative media or public attention; or (d) a national competent authority that has entered into close cooperation with the ECB communicates its disagreement with the proposed draft decision to the ECB.

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Article 2

Subject matter and scope

1.  
This Decision specifies the criteria for the delegation of decision-making powers to the heads of work units of the ECB for the adoption of national powers decisions.
2.  
The delegation of decision-making powers is without prejudice to the supervisory assessment to be performed for the purposes of taking national powers decisions.

Article 3

Delegation of national powers decisions

1.  
In accordance with Article 4 of Decision (EU) 2017/933 (ECB/2016/40), the Governing Council hereby delegates to the heads of work units of the ECB, nominated by the Executive Board in accordance with Article 5 of that Decision, the power to adopt national powers decisions in relation to the following: (a) acquisitions of holdings; (b) acquisitions of assets or liabilities; (c) sales of holdings; (d) sales of assets or liabilities; (e) mergers; (f) demergers; (g) operations in third countries or territories; (h) outsourcing; (i) amendments to statutes; (j) appointments of external auditors; (k) credit to related parties.
2.  
The national powers decisions referred to in paragraph 1 shall be adopted by means of a delegated decision if the relevant criteria for the adoption of delegated decisions set out in Articles 4 to 14 are fulfilled.

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3.  
National powers decisions shall not be adopted by means of a delegated decision if national law requires supervisory approval of credit institutions’ strategic measures or if the complexity of the assessment or sensitivity of the matter requires that they are adopted under the non-objection procedure.

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Heads of work units shall submit a national powers decision that fulfils the criteria for the adoption of delegated decisions set out in Articles 4 to 14 to the Supervisory Board and the Governing Council for adoption under the non-objection procedure if the supervisory assessment of that national powers decision has a direct impact on the supervisory assessment of another decision which is to be adopted under the non-objection procedure.

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4.  

The delegation of decision-making powers pursuant to paragraph 1 shall apply to:

(a) 

the ECB’s adoption of supervisory decisions;

(b) 

the ECB’s approval of positive assessments where a supervisory decision is not required under national law;

(c) 

the ECB’s approval of replies or reports issued by the ECB at the request of authorities of participating Member States in respect of national powers;

(d) 

the ECB’s adoption of instructions addressed, pursuant to Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No 1024/2013, to the national competent authorities with which the ECB has established close cooperation.

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5.  
Negative decisions shall not be adopted by means of a delegated decision.
6.  
Where a decision may not be adopted by means of a delegated decision, it shall be adopted in accordance with the non-objection procedure.

Article 4

Criteria for the adoption of delegated decisions on acquisitions of holdings

1.  

Decisions on the approval of acquisitions of holdings in credit institutions or non-credit institutions by a significant supervised entity shall be taken by means of a delegated decision if all of the following criteria are met:

(a) 

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the impact on the own funds of the acquiring significant supervised entity, on both a consolidated and an individual basis, is limited, which means that:

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(i) 

following the acquisition, the own funds exceed and are estimated to continue exceeding the sum of the requirements laid down in Article 92(1) of Regulation (EU) No 575/2013, the own funds required to be held in accordance with Article 16(2)(a) of Regulation (EU) No 1024/2013, the combined buffer requirement as defined in point (6) of Article 128 of Directive 2013/36/EU and the Pillar 2 capital guidance as set out in the last available SREP decision; and

(ii) 

the impact of the reduction on the Common Equity Tier 1 capital ratio, the Tier 1 capital ratio and the total capital ratio is below 100 basis points.

(b) 

the impact on the liquidity situation of the acquiring significant supervised entity is limited, which means that:

(i) 

the LCR remains above 110 % and is above the liquidity requirements set out in the last available SREP decision, if these are higher than the required minimum LCR;

(ii) 

at consolidated level, the LCR is not reduced by more than 50 %;

(c) 

the target entity is located in a Member State of the Union or of the European Economic Area, or in a third country or territory with equivalent supervisory and regulatory standards.

2.  
The assessment of acquisitions of holdings shall be carried out in accordance with the relevant provisions of national law, also taking into consideration any applicable ECB guides and/or national competent authorities' policy stances, guidance or similar acts.

Article 5

Criteria for the adoption of delegated decisions on acquisitions of assets or liabilities

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Decisions on the approval of acquisitions of assets or liabilities in credit institutions or non-credit institutions by a significant supervised entity shall be taken by means of a delegated decision if all of the following criteria are met:

(a) 

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the impact on the own funds of the acquiring significant supervised entity as a result of the acquisition, on both a consolidated and an individual basis, is limited, which means that:

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(i) 

following the acquisition, the own funds exceed and are estimated to continue exceeding the sum of the requirements laid down in Article 92(1) of Regulation (EU) No 575/2013, the own funds required to be held in accordance with Article 16(2)(a) of Regulation (EU) No 1024/2013, the combined buffer requirement as defined in point (6) of Article 128 of Directive 2013/36/EU and the Pillar 2 capital guidance as set out in the last available SREP decision; and

(ii) 

the impact of the reduction on the Common Equity Tier 1 capital ratio, the Tier 1 capital ratio and the total capital ratio is below 100 basis points;

(b) 

the impact on the liquidity situation of the acquiring significant supervised entity, as a result of the acquisition, is limited, which means that:

(i) 

the LCR remains above 110 % and is above the liquidity requirements set out in the last available SREP decision, if these are higher than the required minimum LCR, and

(ii) 

at consolidated level, the LCR is not reduced by more than 50 %;

(c) 

the value of the assets and liabilities that are acquired does not exceed 25 % of the total assets of the acquiring significant supervised entity at individual level.

2.  
The assessment of acquisitions of assets or liabilities shall be carried out in accordance with the relevant provisions of national law, also taking into consideration any applicable ECB guides and/or national competent authorities' policy stances, guidance or similar acts.

Article 6

Criteria for the adoption of delegated decisions on sales of holdings

1.  

Decisions on the approval of sales of holdings by a significant supervised entity shall be taken by means of a delegated decision if all of the following criteria are met:

(a) 

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the impact on the own funds of the selling significant supervised entity, on both a consolidated and an individual basis, is limited, which means that:

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(i) 

following the sale, the own funds exceed and are estimated to continue exceeding the sum of the requirements laid down in Article 92(1) of Regulation (EU) No 575/2013, the own funds required to be held in accordance with Article 16(2)(a) of Regulation (EU) No 1024/2013, the combined buffer requirement as defined in point (6) of Article 128 of Directive 2013/36/EU and the Pillar 2 capital guidance as set out in the last available SREP decision; and

(ii) 

the impact of the reduction on the Common Equity Tier 1 capital ratio, the Tier 1 capital ratio and the total capital ratio is below 100 basis points;

(b) 

the impact on the liquidity situation of the selling significant supervised entity is limited, which means that:

(i) 

the LCR remains above 110 % and is above the liquidity requirements set out in the last available SREP decision, if these are higher than the required minimum LCR; and

(ii) 

at consolidated level, the LCR is not reduced by more than 50 %.

2.  
The assessment of sales of holdings shall be carried out in accordance with the relevant provisions of national law, also taking into consideration any applicable ECB guides and/or national competent authorities' policy stances, guidance or similar acts.

Article 7

Criteria for the adoption of delegated decisions on sales of assets or liabilities

1.  

Decisions on the approval of sales of assets or liabilities by a significant supervised entity shall be taken by means of a delegated decision if all of the following criteria are met:

(a) 

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the impact on the own funds of the selling significant supervised entity as a result of the sale of assets or liabilities, on both a consolidated and an individual basis, is limited, which means that:

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(i) 

following the sale, the own funds exceed and are estimated to continue exceeding the sum of the requirements laid down in Article 92(1) of Regulation (EU) No 575/2013, the own funds required to be held in accordance with Article 16(2)(a) of Regulation (EU) No 1024/2013, the combined buffer requirement as defined in point (6) of Article 128 of Directive 2013/36/EU and the Pillar 2 capital guidance as set out in the last available SREP decision; and

(ii) 

the impact of the reduction on the Common Equity Tier 1 capital ratio, the Tier 1 capital ratio and the total capital ratio is below 100 basis points;

(b) 

the impact on the liquidity situation of the selling significant supervised entity, as a result of the sale of assets or liabilities, is limited, which means that:

(i) 

the LCR remains above 110 % and is above the liquidity requirements set out in the last available SREP decision, if these are higher than the required minimum LCR; and

(ii) 

at consolidated level, the LCR is not reduced by more than 50 %;

(c) 

the value of the assets or liabilities that are sold does not exceed 25 % of the total assets of the selling significant supervised entity at individual level.

2.  
The assessment of sales of assets or liabilities shall be carried out in accordance with the relevant provisions of national law, also taking into consideration any applicable ECB guides and/or national competent authorities' policy stances, guidance or similar acts.

Article 8

Criteria for the adoption of delegated decisions on mergers

1.  

Decisions on the approval of mergers involving at least one significant supervised entity shall be taken by means of a delegated decision if all of the following criteria are met:

(a) 

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the impact on the own funds of the significant supervised entity resulting from the merger, on both a consolidated and an individual basis, is limited, which means that:

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(i) 

following the merger, the own funds exceed and are estimated to continue exceeding the sum of the requirements laid down in Article 92(1) of Regulation (EU) No 575/2013, the own funds required to be held in accordance with Article 16(2)(a) of Regulation (EU) No 1024/2013, the combined buffer requirement as defined in point (6) of Article 128 of Directive 2013/36/EU and, where applicable, the Pillar 2 capital guidance as set out in the last available SREP decision; and

(ii) 

the impact of the reduction on the Common Equity Tier 1 capital ratio, the Tier 1 capital ratio and the total capital ratio is below 100 basis points;

(b) 

the impact on the liquidity situation of the significant supervised entity resulting from the merger is limited, which means that:

(i) 

the LCR remains above 110 % and is above the liquidity requirements set out in the last available SREP decision, if these are higher than the required minimum LCR; and

(ii) 

at consolidated level, the LCR is not reduced by more than 50 %;

(c) 

the governance structure of the significant supervised entity resulting from the merger does not raise supervisory concerns.

2.  

Decision-making powers shall in no circumstances be delegated to the heads of the work units in respect of the following:

(a) 

mergers between one significant supervised entity and another entity that does not belong to the same group of the significant supervised entity; or

(b) 

cross-border mergers between significant supervised entities that belong to the same group.

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3.  
The assessment of mergers shall be carried out in accordance with the relevant provisions of national law, also taking into consideration any applicable ECB guides, including the ECB Guide on the supervisory approach to consolidation in the banking sector, as well as national competent authorities’ policy stances, guidance or similar acts.

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Article 9

Criteria for the adoption of delegated decisions on demergers

1.  

Decisions on the approval of demergers involving at least one significant supervised entity shall be taken by means of a delegated decision if all of the following criteria are met:

(a) 

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the impact on the own funds of the significant supervised entity or entities resulting from the demerger, on both a consolidated and an individual basis, is limited, which means that:

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(i) 

following the demerger, the own funds exceed and are estimated to continue exceeding the sum of the requirements laid down in Article 92(1) of Regulation (EU) No 575/2013, the own funds required to be held in accordance with Article 16(2)(a) of Regulation (EU) No 1024/2013, the combined buffer requirement as defined in point (6) of Article 128 of Directive 2013/36/EU and, where applicable, the Pillar 2 capital guidance as set out in the last available SREP decision; and

(ii) 

the impact of the reduction on the Common Equity Tier 1 capital ratio, the Tier 1 capital ratio and the total capital ratio is below 100 basis points.

(b) 

the impact on the liquidity situation of the significant supervised entity or entities resulting from the demerger is limited, which means that:

(i) 

the LCR remains above 110 % and is above the liquidity requirements set out in the last available SREP decision, if these are higher than the required minimum LCR, and

(ii) 

at consolidated level, the LCR is not reduced by more than 50 %;

(c) 

the governance structure of the significant supervised entity or entities resulting from the demerger does not raise supervisory concerns.

2.  

Decision-making powers shall in no circumstances be delegated to the heads of the work units in respect of the following:

(a) 

demergers that result in the establishment of another entity that does not belong to the same group of the significant supervised entity; or

(b) 

demergers that result in the establishment of an entity in a different country or territory from that in which the significant supervised entity is established.

3.  
The assessment of a demerger shall be carried out in accordance with the relevant provisions of national law, also taking into consideration any applicable ECB guides and/or national competent authorities' policy stances, guidance or similar acts.

Article 10

Criteria for the adoption of delegated decisions on operations in third countries or territories

1.  

Decisions approving the establishment of a branch by a significant supervised entity in a third country or territory shall be taken by means of a delegated decision if all of the following criteria are met:

(a) 

the branch is established in a third country or territory with equivalent supervisory and regulatory standards;

(b) 

the total assets of the branch as estimated in the programme of operations do not exceed 10 % of the total assets of the significant supervised entity; and

(c) 

the branch carries out transactions that are primarily executed in the third country or territory where the branch is established.

2.  

Decisions on the following operations by a significant supervised entity shall be taken by means of a delegated decision:

(a) 

the closure of a branch;

(b) 

changes in branch structures;

(c) 

the establishment or closure of a representative office; and

(d) 

the provision of banking services in a third country or territory without the establishment of a physical presence there in the form of a branch or a subsidiary,

unless the relevant operations are undertaken in a country included in the list in the Annex to Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/1675 ( 7 ).

3.  
The assessment of operations in third countries or territories shall be carried out in accordance with the relevant provisions of national law, also taking into consideration any applicable ECB guides and/or national competent authorities' policy stances, guidance or similar acts.

Article 11

Criteria for the adoption of delegated decisions on outsourcing

1.  

Decisions on the approval of outsourcing of activities by a significant supervised entity shall be taken by means of a delegated decision if one or more of the following criteria is met:

(a) 

the service provider is part of the same group as the significant supervised entity (intragroup outsourcing) and is established in the Union; or

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(b) 

the service provider is a regulated entity that is established in the Union and authorised to perform the outsourced services; or

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(c) 

the outsourcing concerns non-core support services and the service provider is established in the Union or the European Economic Area.

2.  
The assessment of outsourcing projects shall be carried out in accordance with the relevant provisions of national law, also taking into consideration any applicable ECB guides and/or national competent authorities' policy stances, guidance or similar acts.

Article 12

Criteria for the adoption of delegated decisions on amendments to statutes

1.  

Decisions on the approval of amendments to the statutes of a significant supervised entity shall be taken by means of a delegated decision in the following cases:

(a) 

amendments that are purely formal including changes of name and address;

(b) 

amendments that simply transpose statutory requirements of a legislative or regulatory nature;

(c) 

amendments that implement a judicial or administrative decision or which are made at the request of the ECB;

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(d) 

amendments concerning the share capital of a significant supervised entity where:

(i) 

the related own funds decision, e.g. on the classification of capital instruments as Common Equity Tier 1 instruments or the reduction of own funds, is also delegated; or

(ii) 

the significant supervised entity has classified an issuance in accordance with the provisions of the second subparagraph of Article 26(3) of Regulation (EU) No 575/2013 and the ECB deems that the notification made by the significant supervised entity in accordance with point (b) of that subparagraph complies with the notification requirements;

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(e) 

amendments to the statutes of a subsidiary to align them with the statutes of its parent undertaking if the amendments to the latter have already been approved by the ECB;

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(f) 

amendments that exclusively reflect changes resulting from a merger or a demerger previously approved by the ECB.

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2.  
The assessment of amendments to statutes shall be carried out in accordance with the relevant provisions of national law, also taking into consideration any applicable ECB guides and/or national competent authorities' policy stances, guidance or similar acts.

Article 13

Criteria for the adoption of delegated decisions on appointments of or changes to external auditors

1.  
Decisions on appointments of or changes to external auditors of a significant supervised entity shall be taken by means of a delegated decision where such decisions constitute, under the relevant national law, the exercise of prudential supervision pursuant to Article 4 of Regulation (EU) No 1024/2013.
2.  
Decision-making powers shall in no circumstances be delegated to the heads of the work units in respect of (a) decisions concerning the replacement of an external auditor by another one appointed by the competent supervisory authority, or (b) decisions concerning the appointment of an external auditor at the direction of the competent supervisory authority.
3.  
The assessment of the suitability of external auditors shall be carried out in accordance with the relevant provisions of national law, also taking into consideration any applicable ECB guides and/or national competent authorities' policy stances, guidance or similar acts.

Article 14

Criteria for the adoption of delegated decisions on credit to related parties

1.  

Decisions on the approval of the provision of credit by a significant supervised entity to a related party shall be taken by means of a delegated decision if all the following criteria are met:

(a) 

the total exposure of the significant supervised entity towards the related party does not exceed EUR 5 million; and

(b) 

the terms and conditions applicable to the provision of credit are not more favourable than those pursuant to which credit is provided to clients that are not related parties, or are at least similar to those applicable to the same type of operations entered into with employees who are not related parties of the significant supervised entity.

2.  
The assessment of the provision of credit to a related party shall be carried out in accordance with the relevant provisions of national law, also taking into consideration any applicable ECB guides and/or national competent authorities' policy stances, guidance or similar acts.

Article 15

Transitional provision

This Decision shall not apply in cases where the application requesting approval for any of the operations referred to in Article 3(1) was submitted to the ECB prior to the entry into force of this Decision.

Article 16

Entry into force

This Decision shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.



( 1 ) Directive 2013/36/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2013 on access to the activity of credit institutions and the prudential supervision of credit institutions, amending Directive 2002/87/EC and repealing Directives 2006/48/EC and 2006/49/EC (OJ L 176, 27.6.2013, p. 338).

( 2 ) Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/61 of 10 October 2014 to supplement Regulation (EU) No 575/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to liquidity coverage requirement for Credit Institutions (OJ L 11, 17.1.2015, p. 1).

( 3 ) Regulation (EU) No 575/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2013 on prudential requirements for credit institutions and investment firms and amending Regulation (EU) No 648/2012 (OJ L 176, 27.6.2013, p. 1).

( 4 ) Commission Implementing Decision 2014/908/EU of 12 December 2014 on the equivalence of the supervisory and regulatory requirements of certain third countries and territories for the purposes of the treatment of exposures according to Regulation (EU) No 575/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 359, 16.12.2014, p. 155).

( 5 ) Regulation (EU) No 468/2014 of the European Central Bank of 16 April 2014 establishing the framework for cooperation within the Single Supervisory Mechanism between the European Central Bank and national competent authorities and with national designated authorities (SSM Framework Regulation) (ECB/2014/17) (OJ L 141, 14.5.2014, p. 1).

( 6 ) Directive 2002/87/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2002 on the supplementary supervision of credit institutions, insurance undertakings and investment firms in a financial conglomerate and amending Council Directives 73/239/EEC, 79/267/EEC, 92/49/EEC, 92/96/EEC, 93/6/EEC and 93/22/EEC, and Directives 98/78/EC and 2000/12/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 35, 11.2.2003, p. 1).

( 7 ) Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/1675 of 14 July 2016 supplementing Directive (EU) 2015/849 of the European Parliament and of the Council by identifying high-risk third countries with strategic deficiencies (OJ L 254, 20.9.2016, p. 1).

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