Single Rulebook Q&A

Question ID: 2015_2073
Legal act : Directive 2014/59/EU (BRRD) as amended
Topic : Other topics
Article: 2, 45
Paragraph: 71, 4
Article/Paragraph : n.a.
COM Delegated or Implementing Acts/RTS/ITS/GLs: Not applicable
Type of submitter: Competent authority
Subject matter : Eligible Liabilities in the context of Articles 2(71) and 45(4)

Does the term "eligible liabilities" defined in Article 2(71) only cover these debt instruments which fulfil conditions laid down in Article 45(4), or does it relate to particular categories of liabilities in general?

Background on the question:

As a consequence of the latter approach there would be a possibility to distinguish two sub-categories within eligible liabilities - "qualifying eligible liabilities" (in line with conditions laid down in Article 45(4) of Directive 2014/59/EU (BRRD)) and "non-qualifying eligible liabilities".

Date of submission: 29/06/2015
Published as Final Q&A: 21/04/2017
EBA answer:

Article 2(71) of Directive 2014/59/EU (BRRD) defines liabilities which are eligible for bail-in in general. Article 45(4) sets the additional conditions that those eligible liabilities must meet in order to count towards the MREL requirement.

Debt instruments are therefore to be considered as eligible liabilities if they present the features indicated in Article 2(71), namely they do not qualify as Common Equity Tier 1, Additional Tier 1 or Tier 2 instruments and are not excluded from bail-in pursuant to Article 44(2).

Note: The originally published answer to this Q&A was revised by the European Commission to rectify an error and updated on the Q&A tool on 21st April 2017.


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Status: Final Q&A
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