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Banking Supervision

A well functioning economy requires a stable banking system. Banking supervision is therefore responsible for monitoring credit institutions’ business activity and maintaining investor confidence. In Germany, the task of banking supervision is shared by the Bundesbank and the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin). In particular, the Bundesbank is in charge of monitoring the credit institutions.


Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank


Speaking at various occasions, members of the Bundesbank’s Executive Board regularly comment on issues relating to banking supervision.


Basel III framework adopted

In June 2013 the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR) and the Capital Requirements Directive (CRD IV) were adopted by the EU and published in the Official Journal of the European Union. Both regulatory frameworks will come into effect on 1 January 2014.

The European banking union

If properly designed, the European banking union will be able to counter threats to financial stability stemming from troubled national financial systems.


Photos of the Bundesbank symposium.

Bundesbank symposium

Information on the annual Bundesbank symposium "Banking supervision in dialogue".


The consolidation process in the banking sector progressed somewhat last year. The total number of credit institutions in Germany fell by 27, or 1.3%, from 2,080 to 2,053. The percentage decline was 1.6% and 0.6% respectively in 2010 and 2011. Over the last 20 years, the overall number of institutions has fallen by around 51% (in German only).

Consultation on minimum requirements for recovery plans

BaFin, together with the Bundesbank, has drafted a circular that sets out the minimum requirements for the design of recovery plans for credit institutions. The consultation period for the circular runs until 30 November 2012. Please visit the BaFin website for further information. (in German only)

EBA workshop on technical standards on supervisory reporting requirements / Update

The EBA organises on 13 September in London a workshop on the technical implementation of the new supervisory reporting requirements. UPDATE: workshop documents, including new ITS templates, have been uploaded.

Discussion papers

Scientifically-oriented work on issues and topics from the Research Center, published mostly in English language. You will find the Discussion papers in the list of all publications.