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Agreement between the Commission bancaire and the National bank of Slovakia regarding Mutual Co-operation and Exchange of Information in the performance of Banking and Prudential Supervision
- In view of the fact that a number of banks and other financial organisations incorporated in Slovakia or France have operations in both jurisdictions, the Commission bancaire (hereafter the “CB”) and the National Bank of Slovakia (hereafter the “NBS”) hereby agree to the provisions set out in this agreement in order to establish an arrangement for the collection and sharing of information, in particular through on site inspections, whose aim is to facilitate the performance of their tasks, meet the highest international standards for effective banking supervision and promote the safe and sound functioning of banks and other financial organisations in their jurisdictions.
- The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has issued Core Principles for Effective Banking Supervision (hereafter the “Core Principles”), in particular Core Principles 23, 24 and 25 regarding supervision of cross-border establishments.
- The overall aim of the present agreement is to improve the strength of the financial systems of the Authorities’ jurisdictions in accordance with the above mentioned Core Principles, thereby helping to maintain stability and confidence in the domestic and international financial systems and reducing any risk of loss to depositors and creditors.
Article I. – Legislation and competent authorities
- The relevant French Law for the purposes of this agreement is the Code monétaire et financier (Code monétaire et financier, annexe r l’ordonnance n°2000-1223 du 14 décembre 2000, hereafter referred to as the “Monetary and Financial Code”), as amended, in particular Articles L.613-13 and seq.
- The relevant Slovak law for the purposes of this agreement is the Act No. 483/2001 Coll. of 5 October 2001 on Banks and on amendments to certain laws, hereafter referred to as the “Act on Banks”, and the Act of the National Council of the Slovak Republic No. 566/1992 Coll. dated 18 November 1992 on the National Bank of Slovakia in the wording of subsequent amendment, hereafter referred to as the “NBS Act”.
- The CB has been vested by the Monetary and Financial Code with the task of supervising credit institutions, investments firms (except portfolio management firms), members of regulated markets, participants to clearing houses and some other financial undertakings located within the jurisdiction of the French Republic (hereafter “France”), including French overseas territories.
- According to the Act on Banks and to the NBS Act, NBS is responsible for the conduct of supervision over safe functioning of the banking system and banks, the Deposit Protection Fund, other entities, and groups of entities where required by the Act on Banks. Banking supervision is carried out over consolidated groups and sub-consolidated groups of which banks are members.
Article II Definitions
For the purposes of this Agreement:
- “Authority” means the CB or the NBS.
- “laws” mean those set out in Article I, paragraphs 1 and 2.
- “supervised institution” means an institution subject to the supervision or control of the CB pursuant to the Monetary and Financial Code which has been granted an authorisation in France.
- “overseen entity ” means an institution subject to the supervision or control of the NBS pursuant to the NBS Act or to the Act on Banks which has been granted a banking licence in Slovakia.
- “branch” means an organisational unit of a supervised institution’s (overseen entity’s) head office incorporated in France (Slovakia).
- “subsidiary” means an overseen entity (supervised institution) incorporated in Slovakia (France) which is controlled by any supervised institution (overseen entity) incorporated in France (Slovakia).
- “cross-border establishment” means an establishment of a branch or a subsidiary of a supervised institution (overseen entity) incorporated in France (Slovakia) which has been granted a banking licence (an authorisation) in Slovakia (France).
- “Home Authority” means the Authority located in France (Slovakia), responsible for the supervision on a consolidated basis of a supervised institution or overseen entity.
- “Host Authority” means the Authority located in Slovakia (France) in which a supervised institution or overseen entity has a branch, subsidiary, representative office or affiliated company.
- “Affiliated company” means any legal entity that belongs to the same group as an overseen entity or supervised institution.
Article III. – Mutual Assistance Concerning Sharing of Supervisory Information between the Authorities
- The CB and the NBS hereby recognise that closer co-operation during the authorisation process of a cross-border establishment as well as sharing of information on an ongoing basis would be mutually advantageous for the Authorities for effective consolidated supervision of supervised institutions and overseen entities.
- A request for information pursuant to this article shall be made in writing and addressed to the relevant contact person (Article VI, paragraph 12) of the disclosing Authority.
A request shall specify the following:
- the information sought by the requesting Authority;
- a general description of the matter which is the subject of the request and the purpose for which the information is sought; and
- the desired time period for reply and, where appropriate, the urgency thereof.
- The Authority receiving a request shall immediately acknowledge receipt, by mail, fax or e-mail and, to the extent possible, specify the considered time period to provide a written response.
Sharing of information during the process of authorisation
- Regarding the process of authorisation of a cross-border establishment, upon request from the Host Authority, the Home Authority undertakes to notify the Host Authority:
- of any details concerning any establishment of the supervised institution or overseen entity located within the jurisdiction of the Home Authority, in particular regarding its compliance with laws, degree of administrative control and ability to manage a cross-border establishment in an orderly manner; and
- about any aspect of its laws in response to any requests for information.
- The Authorities agree that when a supervised institution or overseen entity within the jurisdiction of the Home Authority proposes to set up a cross-border establishment, the Host Authority shall seek the opinion of the Home Authority (or obtain a statement of “no-objection”) before the licence (authorisation) is granted.
Sharing of information for consolidated supervision on an ongoing basis
Information should be shared in support of the objective to facilitate and meet the requirements for effective consolidated supervision of supervised institutions and overseen entities operating in both jurisdictions.
- In accordance with paragraph 2 of this Article, in the event of:
- a written request by the CB as Home Authority which is responsible for carrying out the consolidated supervision of any particular supervised institution, the NBS as Host Authority shall provide all relevant information regarding that supervised institution, including any office, branch, subsidiary or affiliated company located within the jurisdiction of the Host Authority;
- a written request by the NBS as Home Authority which is responsible for carrying out the consolidated supervision of any particular overseen entity, the CB as Host Authority shall provide all relevant information regarding that overseen entity, including any office, branch, subsidiary or affiliated company located within the jurisdiction of the Host Authority.
- In considering such a request the Host Authority should take into account at all times that the Home Authority requires two principal types of information: quantitative and qualitative.
- The Home Authority may notably request quantitative information including:
- any accounting or financial data relevant to the supervised institution or overseen entity;
- any details concerning capital adequacy ratios, large risks or lending limits (including intra-group exposures), funding and deposit concentrations.
- The Home Authority may also require information on qualitative aspects of the business being undertaken by the branch, subsidiary or affiliate. The Host Authority may, in this regard provide information about the following:
- any details as to the capability / qualification / integrity of the directors and senior management;
- the existence of risk control methods within the supervised institution or overseen entity on a global/worldwide basis as well as the ability to manage the cross-border establishment and effective local oversight of foreign operations;
- the ability of the supervised institution or overseen entity to carry out checks including internal audit procedures and compliance with internal controls; the quality of assets and levels of concentration; the monitoring of the liquidity of the institution; and if applicable, specific local oversight when the foreign activities of the institution have a higher risk profile or when they differ from those conducted in the home country;
- prevention of money laundering and struggle against terrorism financing.
- Whenever necessary, the CB (NBS) will transmit to the NBS (CB) the information required for the calculation of insurance premiums for the Deposit Protection Fund (French Deposit Guarantee Fund).
Sharing of additional information at the initiative of either the Home or Host Authority
- Without prejudice to the procedures laid down in the paragraphs above, each Authority will use its best effort to notify and consult with the other Authority if it becomes aware of any information which, in its judgement, may constitute a material supervisory concern that could materially and adversely affect, from the prudential viewpoint, the situation of a supervised institution or overseen entity subject to supervision by the other Authority.
- The CB shall provide the NBS with any relevant information regarding any material supervisory concern it may have:
- as Host Authority in respect of any of the branches or subsidiaries in France of a Slovak overseen entity; and
- as Home Authority in respect of any French supervised institution having a subsidiary or branch in Slovakia.
- The NBS shall provide the CB with any relevant information regarding any material supervisory concern it may have:
- as Host Authority in respect of any of the branches or subsidiaries in Slovakia of a French supervised institution; and
- as Home Authority in respect of any Slovak overseen entity having a subsidiary or branch in France.
- When considering the obligation to provide information concerning supervised institutions or overseen entities in accordance with the paragraphs above, the Host Authority will take into account all relevant factors, including:
- whether the activities of the branch or subsidiary are conducted in a manner which is safe and sound;
- whether the branch or subsidiary has complied with the relevant laws; any sanctions taken by the Host Authority (not by other authorities), whether or not such sanctions are being subject to an appeal (not merely evidence of a material violation of the law); enforcement of claims against the branch or subsidiary (e.g. for a default in payment of a periodic contribution to deposit guarantee schemes or similar mechanisms protecting depositors or investors);
- any transfer of qualified interest in an existing supervised institution or overseen entity to another party. Qualified interest means, as defined in the Act on Banks, direct or indirect interest or their sum representing at least 5 percent of registered capital of a legal entity or voting rights in a legal entity, or the ability to exercise influence on management of this legal entity comparable to influence corresponding to such interest.
- Before consequential action is taken by one Authority on the sole basis of information received from the other Authority, the former will endeavour to consult the latter.
Urgency or crisis situations
- Each authority recognises the unique importance of full and open co-operation in the event of a serious supervisory concern that might lead to a crisis situation.
- In addition to the procedures laid down in the paragraphs above, in the event that there exists a serious supervisory concern in the judgement of the Authority concerned, the CB will endeavour to notify the NBS and the NBS will endeavour to notify the CB before appropriate action is taken regarding the serious supervisory concern.
- When there is a need for expedited action, requests for information under paragraph 2 may be initiated in any form, including orally, but shall be confirmed subsequently in writing. The Authorities will endeavour to provide information as quickly as possible in such circumstances.
Article IV.- On-site Inspections in the Host Country
Article V.- Confidentiality of the Information Shared Between the Authorities / Professional Secrecy
Article VI. – General Provisions
Mutual information on laws and regulations
Impossibility of providing information or assistance
Implementation of the agreement
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Undersigned, being duly authorised, have signed this agreement.
Done at ______ , in 6 exemplars, this __ of ___ 2002, in French, Slovak and English and at ______, this ___ of _______ 2002.