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Other systemically important institution buffer (O-SII)

For the most significant domestic banks, the O-SII buffer serves to increase their resilience. These banks are so important to the functioning of the market that if they are in difficulty, so is the whole financial sector.

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Recent decisions and Commentary

For 2024, the buffer rates of O-SIIs was set for 6 banks. As from 1. January 2025, the list will be narrowed down to 5 banks and some of their buffer rates will change. Further information can be found in current Commentary on decision (in Slovak).

Individual banks

Banks are designated as O-SIIs after exceeding a threshold score. This is determined according to a methodology laid down in Guidelines of the European Banking Authority.

The threshold score for O-SII designation is calculated on the basis of indicators in five areas:

  • size (total assets);
  • importance (value of domestic payment transactions; private sector deposits from depositors in the EU, private sector loans to recipients in the EU);
  • complexity (notional value of OTC derivatives; cross-jurisdictional liabilities; cross-jurisdictional claims);
  • interconnectedness (intra-financial system liabilities; intra-financial system assets; debt securities outstanding);
  • additional national specific indicators (total risk exposure amount; retail* loans; retail deposits).

* The retail sector here refers to households, sole traders and non-profit institutions serving mostly households.

The O-SII buffer must be made up of the highest quality capital – Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1).


The statutory framework for capital buffers comprises Sections 33a to 33j of the Banking Act. NBS sets the O-SII buffer rates, at least once a year, through secondary legislation in the form of decisions.

Further information can be found in financial stability legislation.

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