Europe Reaches Agreement on Banking Supervisor: Curse or Blessing?

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Europe Reaches Agreement on Banking Supervisor: Curse or Blessing?
Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands

On 12-12-2012, the European Economic and Financial Affairs Council (the Ministers of Finance of the European Union (EU)) reached an agreement* on 2 proposals aimed at establishing a Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) for the oversight of EU banks ('credit institutions').

The new banking supervisor...The European Central Bank will play a central role in this new external governance system targeted at Europe's largest financial institutions, as will the European Banking Authority.
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