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1 German Insurance Association - Gesamtverband der Deutschen Versicherungswirtschaft e.V. (GDV) GDVs Comments on the FCD EFCC Roundtable Session Scope Dr. Axel Wehling , Brussels

2 German Insurance Association - Gesamtverband der Deutschen Versicherungswirtschaft e.V. (GDV) FCD review: Heading to an economic view? banking regulation insurance regulation financial conglomerate regulation full economic view (capital requirements and own funds) level of alignment 1970 Basel ISolvency I FCD Basel II (CRD) accounting view economic view 2009 Solvency II ? ?

3 German Insurance Association - Gesamtverband der Deutschen Versicherungswirtschaft e.V. (GDV) Current situation in identifying a financial conglomerate (Art. 3 FCD) is not in line with an economic view Main criteria in identifying a financial conglomerate: activities mainly in the financial sector (> 40 % of balance sheet total) significant activities in different financial sectors: a)(balance sheet of sector/total balance sheet + SCR of sector/total SCR)/2 > 10 % or b)balance sheet total of smallest financial sector > 6 billion supervisors may decide not to regard a group as financial conglomerate if only b) is fulfilled taking into account the relative size (< 5 %) and the market share in MS (< 5 %) The current identification of financial conglomerates is: not in line with an economic view (but based on arbitrary accounting figures) and not sufficiently risk based putting the FCD objectives in question.

4 German Insurance Association - Gesamtverband der Deutschen Versicherungswirtschaft e.V. (GDV) GDVs position on the scope: define financial conglomerates by proportionality and allow opt-in for groups running no material risks and without impact on the stability of the financial market, supplementary financial conglomerate supervision is not necessary the GDV advocates to apply the proportionality principle taking into account the nature, scale and complexity on the basis of a consolidated economic view using risk based measures (e. g. Solvency II capital requirements) would be more appropriate than purely accounting figures (if available, market consistent valuation is preferable instead of book values according to local GAAP) the flexible application of the proportionality principle should not hinder to be subject of a financial conglomerate supervisory regime voluntarily ( opt-in clause ) if the group falls below a certain threshold (say, 10 billion ).

5 German Insurance Association - Gesamtverband der Deutschen Versicherungswirtschaft e.V. (GDV) Review of the Scope of FCD - When is financial conglomerate supervision needed at top? if the nature, scale and complexity of risks (= proportionality) of financial institutions is not captured adequately by solo supervision sectoral group supervision therefore, financial conglomerate supervision should result from the application of the proportionality principle based on a consolidated view on the group since financial conglomerates do manage risks in an integrated manner, supervision should reflect this way of management congruently

6 German Insurance Association - Gesamtverband der Deutschen Versicherungswirtschaft e.V. (GDV) Back-up

7 German Insurance Association - Gesamtverband der Deutschen Versicherungswirtschaft e.V. (GDV) Review of the Scope of FCD – Which entities/participations should fall in the scope of a financial conglomerate? the overall risk position of a financial conglomerate is mostly a result of the risk exposure by its relevant entities as regard capital adequacy calculations including other irrelevant entities does not change the picture and would only result in additional burden for groups a too wide interpretation of the term participation in financial conglomerate supervision is not appropriate and would not reflect the proportionality principle relevant entities?

8 German Insurance Association - Gesamtverband der Deutschen Versicherungswirtschaft e.V. (GDV) Conclusions on the scope of financial conglomerate supervision applying the proportionality principle restricts the scope of entities being supervised additionally within a financial conglomerate a too wide interpretation of participations is not appropriate and results in distortions the costs of financial conglomerate supervision have to be minimised without loss of reliability and relevance


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