Single Rulebook Q&A

Question ID: 2017_3572
Legal act : Directive 2014/59/EU (BRRD) as amended
Topic : Resolution tools and powers
Article: 63
Paragraph: 1
Subparagraph: a
Article/Paragraph : n.a.
COM Delegated or Implementing Acts/RTS/ITS/GLs: Not applicable
Type of submitter: Competent authority
Subject matter : On-site inspections by resolution authorities

Does Article 63(1)(a) enable resolution authorities to carry out on-site inspections to gather relevant information?

Background on the question:

Article 63(1)(a) of Directive 2014/59/EU (BRRD) provides that the resolution authority should have “the power to require any person to provide any information required for the resolution authority to decide upon and prepare a resolution action, […] including requiring information to be provided through on-site inspections”.

It is not clear as to whether this provision requires that (a) resolution authorities have the power to carry out on-site inspections to gather relevant information; and/or (b) resolution authorities may request competent authorities to gather the relevant information through on-site inspections.

Date of submission: 25/10/2017
Published as Final Q&A: 10/11/2017
EBA answer:

Article 63(1)(a) of Directive 2014/59/EU (BRRD) provides resolution authorities with the power to require the provision of relevant information. Such information may be gathered by means of on-site inspections. The text is clear on the power of the resolution authority. But it is not specific on the exact means by which this power can be exercised. This is in line with the approach outlined in Recital 85. The inspection can therefore in principle be carried out directly by the resolution authority. The resolution authority may also request the competent authority to carry it out on its behalf. The exact means are to be defined by the Member States when transposing the Directive into national law.


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