List of Q&As

Use of ECAI credit assessments for the determination of risk weights

In Article 138 of Regulation (EU) No 575/2013 (CRR) it says that an institution may choose one or more ECAIs to derive risk weights for asset classes. Is there a possibility for institutions not to choose any ECAI at all for the exposure class ‘exposures to Institutions’, and solely rely on the Sovereign Method for the exposure class stated in Article 121? If not, is it possible to choose only one ECAI and use Sovereign Method for all the unrated exposures (i.e. unrated by your chosen ECAI)?

Legal act: Regulation (EU) No 575/2013 (CRR) as amended

COM Delegated or Implementing Acts/RTS/ITS/GLs: Not applicable

ID: 2013_550| Topic: External Credit Assessment Institutions (ECAI)| Date of submission: 22/11/2013

Substitution of ratings for CRMT purposes

For the instruments listed in Article 197 of Regulation (EU) No. 575/2013 (CRR), is it possible to use the issuer rating in order to derive eligibility (and haircuts) where no specific instrument rating exists (“substitution”)?

Legal act: Regulation (EU) No 575/2013 (CRR) as amended

COM Delegated or Implementing Acts/RTS/ITS/GLs: Not applicable

ID: 2013_679| Topic: External Credit Assessment Institutions (ECAI)| Date of submission: 19/12/2013

High Income OECD countries and High Income Euro Area countries as defined in the OECD

High Income OECD countries and High Income Euro Area countries as defined in the OECD (currently e.g. USA, UK, Germany, Luxembourg, Canada, Finland, etc.) receive since early 2013 no longer a country risk classification, due to their high solvency, tax income as well as tax possibilities etc. As a consequence, it is not possible to derive a risk weight according to article 137 (2) CRR without using any appropriate mechanism for determining the corresponding country risk classification. Can it be assumed, that High Income OECD countries and High Income Euro Area countries which are supposed to be even “better” than country risk classification 0 can be treated under Article 137 with an MEIP being equal to 0?

Legal act: Regulation (EU) No 575/2013 (CRR) as amended

COM Delegated or Implementing Acts/RTS/ITS/GLs: Not applicable

ID: 2014_760| Topic: External Credit Assessment Institutions (ECAI)| Date of submission: 23/01/2014

Applicable mappings before entry into force of ITS on Articles 136(1) and 270

What mappings will be applicable between the first date of application of Regulation No. 575/2013 (i.e. 1 January 2014) and the entry into force of the ITS on Articles 136(1) and 270?

Legal act: Regulation (EU) No 575/2013 (CRR) as amended

COM Delegated or Implementing Acts/RTS/ITS/GLs: Not applicable

ID: 2014_737| Topic: External Credit Assessment Institutions (ECAI)| Date of submission: 15/01/2014