Question ID:
Legal Act:
Directive 2014/59/EU (BRRD)
Recovery plans
7, 8
2, 2
COM Delegated or Implementing Acts/RTS/ITS/GLs/Recommendations:
Not applicable
Disclose name of institution / entity:
Type of submitter:
Competent authority
Subject Matter:
Recovery plans for subsidiaries that are not institutions

Can the requirement to draw up and submit an individual recovery plan under Article 7(2) of Directive 2014/59/EU (BRRD) be imposed upon subsidiaries that are not institutions (e.g. financial institution, financial holding company)?

Background on the question:

Article 7(2) of Directive 2014/59/EU (BRRD) provides that competent authorities may require a subsidiary to draw up and submit individual recovery plan, notwithstanding their belonging to a group. However, according to Article 5(1) individual recovery plans should be prepared and submitted by institutions only. With regard to the competent authority, please note that the BRRD sometimes refers to “authority of the Member state where an entity is established”. Does this phrase refer to something different from “authority of the subsidiary”?

Date of submission:
Published as Final Q&A:
Final Answer:

Article 7(2) BRRD enables competent authorities to require subsidiaries to draw up and submit recovery plans on individual basis in accordance with Article 8 BRRD. Although the former provision refers to ‘subsidiaries’ and may be interpreted as including entities that do not qualify as ‘institutions’ for BRRD purposes, Articles 8(2)(b) and 8(4)(a) BRRD state that only institutions may be required to draw up recovery plans on individual basis. Measures that may be required to be implemented at the level of non-institution subsidiaries should be covered by the group recovery plan.


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Final Q&A
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Answer prepared by the European Commission because it is a matter of interpretation of Union law.