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Bank of Spain to toughen Bank supervision

Source: Reuters - Wed 9th Jan 2013
Bank of Spain to toughen Bank supervision

The Bank of Spain said it plans to tighten up banking supervision in line with European recommendations, putting permanent inspectors in 16 of the country's banks and not just the biggest lenders.

Spain's banking system was undermined by a decade-long housing boom fuelled by cheap credit, which went bust and forced the country to seek a European bail-out for its weakest lenders.

One of the conditions for getting European aid was an internal revision of the Bank of Spain's supervisory procedures.

The new regime will allow the regulator to keep a closer eye on more of the country's banks, not just the 2 biggest : Santander and BBVA, which already had permanent Bank of Spain inspectors.

Many of Spain's small and medium-sized lenders, mostly unlisted regional savings banks, lent recklessly to property developers and were used by local politicians to fund pet projects during the boom years.

The banks were left with a huge capital shortfall which led to a European bail-out of €39 billion and the creation of a 'bad bank' to take over the banks' toxic real estate assets.

Comment on this Story

Rodrigo Rato maybe ?
Mr Grumpy - Wed, 9th Jan 2013

Who appoints the Supervisors?

Who supervises the Supervisors?

Who are these Supervisors accountable too?

David - Wed, 9th Jan 2013

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