Stress tests & Assessment

In recent years, several stress tests and surveys have been carried out to assess the capital adequacy of large EU banks. Aside from the individual assessment results, the following sections also contain links to relevant publications of the EU.

Com­pre­hen­sive As­sess­ment 2014

The Comprehensive Assessment has been finalised by 26 October. In a joint press conference, BaFin’s President, Dr Elke König, and Dr Andreas Dombret, Member of the Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank, presented the results achieved by the German banks.

EU-wide bank re­cap­i­tal­i­sa­tion ex­er­cise

In order to strengthen the capital base of European banks given the shadow cast by the European sovereign debt crisis, on 26 October 2011 the European heads of state or government adopted a bank recapitalisation programme for the member states of the European Union. In light of the exceptional market situation, the programme is designed to restore the confidence of investors in banks’ ability to withstand further shocks.

EU-wide stress test 2011

The EBA conducted the bank stress test in the European Union member states and Norway in the first half of 2011 in cooperation with national supervisory authorities, the European Central Bank (ECB) and the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB). The sample contained 91 banks from 21 countries, representing at least 50% of the total assets of each respective national banking sector or 65% of the assets of the entire European banking system.

EU-wide stress test 2010

On 17 June 2010, the heads of state or government of the European Union resolved to publish results of the EU-wide stress tests carried out by the Committee of European Banking Supervisors (CEBS) in cooperation with the national supervisory authorities and the European Central Bank (ECB). A total of 91 credit institutions from 20 member countries took part in this EU-wide stress test exercise, thereof 14 institutions from Germany.

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