#AceFinanceNews – BRUSSELS – September 22 – Implementing the EU response to minimising the public cost of future financial crises and getting banks to offer up loans top the agenda this WEEK it was reproted by EUobserver.
European Central Bank (ECB) chief Mario Draghi on Monday (22 September) is set to debate the so-called targeted longer-term refinancing operations (TLTROs) with MEPs in the committee on economic affairs.
The idea is to improve bank lending to the eurozone by offering banks extra liquidity at a fixed rate for up to four years.
But the scheme attracted just €82.6bn (out of the €400bn on offer) of interest from banks this month.
Draghi had earlier this month surprised analysts by slashing interest rates to a historic low in an effort to stimulate lending.
The ECB cut is part of a larger attempt by EU policy makers to kick start member states’ overall sluggish economies and put millions of unemployed back to work.
But with the prospect of possibly having to fend off another financial crisis, lawmakers also tasked the ECB to oversee the financial health of around 130 banks with the power to shut them down.
Also known as the single supervisory mechanism, the newly endowed ECB oversight of banks is part of the single resolution mechanism (SRM), which aims to minimize bank bailout costs to taxpayers.