Question ID:
Legal Act:
Regulation (EU) No 575/2013 (CRR)
Credit risk
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Type of submitter:
Credit institution
Subject Matter:
Alternative calculation of own funds requirement for exposures to a Qualifying Central Counterparty (QCCP)

In the formula given in Article 310 of Regulation (EU) No 575/2013 (CRR) the trade exposure is referenced. According to article 306(1)(c) CRR and Article 306(2) CRR exemptions for the calculation of trade exposure exist, e.g. trade exposure can be set to zero under certain circumstance given in Article 306 CRR. Do these exemptions also hold when using Article 310 CRR?

Background on the question:

It is unclear, whether a clearing member can set exposures with the CCP from client transactions to zero (Article 306(1)(c)) CRR), when the alternative method is used. The same question arises when posted collateral which is bankruptcy remote is included (Article 306(2) CRR). Both exceptions for exposure calculation are laid down in Article 306 CRR. But Article 310 CRR does not explicitly refer to Article 306 CRR for the definition of trade exposure. This evidently changes amounts for capital requirement in the formula of Article 310 CRR.

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Final Answer:

No, the exemptions in Article 306 of Regulation (EU) No. 575/2013 (CRR) do not apply to Article 310. This conclusion can be reached based on two considerations:

  1. The formulation of Articles 306(1)(c) and 306(2) of the CRR are specific to that Article (there is no reference in Article 306 to Article 310, and vice-versa); and
  2. It clearly follows from Article 301(2) of the CRR that the method set out in Article 310 is an alternative to the method set out in Article 306.


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Update 26.03.2021: This Q&A has not yet been reviewed by the European Commission in the light of the changes introduced to Regulation (EU) No 575/2013 (CRR).