Question ID:
Legal Act:
Directive 2014/59/EU (BRRD)
Early intervention
COM Delegated or Implementing Acts/RTS/ITS/GLs/Recommendations:
Not applicable
Disclose name of institution / entity:
Type of submitter:
Competent authority
Subject Matter:
Powers of the temporary administrator

Could you please clarify the interaction between Recital 39 and the last sentence of Article 29 (2) of Directive 2014/59/EU (BRRD)?

Background on the question:

Recital 39 of Directive 2014/59/EU (BRRD) states: ”During the recovery and early intervention phases laid down in this Directive, shareholders should retain full responsibility and control of the institution except when a temporary administrator has been appointed by the competent authority.“ Article 29 (2) of Directive 2014/59/EU (BRRD) states: ”The competent authority shall specify the powers of the temporary administrator at the time of the appointment of the temporary administrator based on what is proportionate in the circumstances. Such powers may include some or all of the powers of the management body of the institution under the statutes of the institution and under national law, including the power to exercise some or all of the administrative functions of the management body of the institution. The powers of the temporary administrator in relation to the institution shall comply with the applicable company law.“ Clarification would be needed on the objective of last sentence of Article 29 (2).

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Final Answer:

The objective of the last sentence of Article 29 (2) of Directive 2014/59/EU (BRRD) is to preserve as much as possible the requirements under national company law, in as much as they do not compromise the ability of the competent authority to take Early intervention measures.


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Update 26.03.2021: This Q&A has been reviewed in the light of the changes introduced to Directive 2014/59/EU (BRRD) and continues to be relevant.