When it comes to setting up the organization for the stress tests the guidelines must allow for a great deal of flexibility and primarily focus on the functions to be tested and the results of the tests rather than detailed harmonization of the format. DGSs are set up in many different ways among the member states. It is therefore important that the details of the arrangements are left to each member to adapt according to prevailing circumstances.
For the SNDO the Risk unit is responsible for independent and overall monitoring of the authority and its activities. The unit is also responsible for overall reporting to the management team and board. Therefore the desired set up for the SNDO would be that the Risk unit acts as steering staff and plans, assesses and reports the stress tests in accordance with their current mandate and the future EBA guidelines. The department responsible for the DGS would consequently be performing the tests (test participants). The tests are ensured objectivity via staff separation within the SNDO. Another possible option is that the Risk unit could act as independent observers of the tests the department responsible for the DGS has planned and performed. The choice should be left to the SNDO.
Mandatory use of an external auditor is not a preferred option as it would increase costs for the DGSs. It should therefore be left to the DGSs to decide this.
The SNDO agrees with the functions to be tested as outlined in subsection 6.1 (43), when part of the DGSs’ mandate. The SNDO supports that institutes subject to resolution proceedings will be tested as such and not as a payout case.
It should be left to the DGS to decide if it is sufficient to test SCV files on the basis of samples or if all SCV files should be tested. It should be allowed to test samples of the SCV files, especially regarding the institutes that are subject to resolution proceedings and therefore will not cause a payout scenario. Another example is if several institutes are using the same contractor for producing the files.
We do not agree that this should be a mandatory part of the stress test. It is neither possible nor required for the institutes to earmark transactions deriving from THBs. Furthermore there is no requirement for the institutes to have knowledge of whether an account is used as a beneficiary account. In an actual pay out case the account holder must show documents of evidence for the THB transaction. Also for a beneficiary account’s underlying clients, evidence must be provided as a basis for the decision. This cannot be requested for as part of a stress test.
We agree with the 2019 time horizon and that priority operation tests should focus on payout. It should be sufficient to test the operational capacity to handle institutes who are not subject to resolution proceedings.
When it comes to funding it will almost certainly not be possible to collect ex post fees within the payout period if the ex-ante fund is not sufficient. The stress tests should emphasize the alternative funding arrangements for such occasion.
The limited cross border test is sufficient. The DGSs should decide if there is a need for a fully-fledged simulation at some point.
Under Section 7.1, subsection 6) Home-host cooperation, number 84 it is stated that “DGSs for which no affiliated credit institution has any branch in another Member State may abstain from applying the prescriptions for this subsection 6)”. The SNDO suggests that the text should also clarify that there are no test requirement if there are no other branches between two member states other than those that are subject to resolution proceedings. Those branches should not be tested as a payout case between home and host since a failure will not result in an actual reimbursement of depositors.