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The Insurance Contract Act requires any person resident in Germany to take out and maintain health insurance cover. As a general principle, insurance contracts can also be taken out with an insurer domiciled in another country of the European Union or the European Economic Area. However, the insurance policy has to meet certain requirements. More : EEA service providers

Money Laundering

After more than two years of negotiations, the European legislature has concluded its work on the Fourth Money Laundering Directive and the revised Funds Transfers Regulation. The Member States now have two years' time to transpose the new aspects of the Directive into national law. More : Money Laundering

BaFin Annual Report 2014

BaFin has published its Annual Report 2014 on 12 May 2015. An English version is now available. More : BaFin Annual Report 2014

Administrative fines

BaFin is in principle required to publish final and absolute measures and administrative fine decisions on its website. By their very nature, the publication encroaches on the rights of the companies and persons involved, and potentially of third parties as well. The Higher Regional Court in Düsseldorf last year reached an important decision in this connection. More : Administrative fines

Credit risk

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) is currently revising the standardised approach for the calculation of credit risk by banks. Frank Pierschel, co-chair of the Task Force on Standardised Approaches at the BCBS, sets out the background of the new standardised approach and explains what is in store for the banks. More : Credit risk



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