The start date for new Basel III rules on bank capital could be pushed back by anywhere from six months to a year, according to three people with knowledge of current discussions. However, the European Union denied any such plan.
Bloomberg reported Friday that, according to one of the unnamed sources, at a meeting held Thursday to address implementation of the rules, European Parliament (EP) legislators and representatives from Cyprus, the nation currently holding the presidency of the EU, explored the possibility of delaying implementation of the stricter rules past Jan. 1 of next year. Dates discussed as possible alternatives were July 1 of next year or even Jan. 1, 2014.
Yesterday’s meeting agenda, sources said, also included draft liquidity rules for lenders and capital requirements for when banks finance international trade.
“A delay would give more oxygen to banks to solve their capital problems,” said Marco Elser in the report. Elser, a partner at the investment bank Advicorp in Rome, added, “The oxygen is the time, which will give banks more options.”