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Should Denmark and Sweden join the banking union? Bruegel Policy Contribution Issue n ̊13 | June 2020.

Hougaard Jensen , Sven and Schoenmaker, Dirk (2020) Should Denmark and Sweden join the banking union? Bruegel Policy Contribution Issue n ̊13 | June 2020. [Policy Paper]

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    An important policy discussion is ongoing in Denmark and Sweden on joining the Euro- pean Union’s banking union. Joining would bring pros and cons. A major issue is the supervi- sion and resolution at the national level of large banks with a Scandinavian footprint. It is not evident that Denmark and Sweden would be able to resolve these large banks by themselves, if and when needed. The main rationale for joining the banking union is cross-border banking in the EU inter- nal market. The banking systems of Denmark and Sweden have similar cross-border char- acteristics to euro-area countries, suggesting that the rationale for joining is similar. It would also be a choice in favour of increased cross-border banking and less national banking, Moreover, both countries have large banks which may be too big to save at the national level, but not at the banking-union level. Next, joining banking union would put the large Danish and Swedish banks in a peer group of European banks. That would lead to more even-handed supervisory treatment and also facilitate comparative analysis by investors. Nevertheless, there are some governance concerns. While euro-area countries have an automatic and full say in all banking-union arrangements, the out-countries lack certain formal powers in ultimate decision-making. We find that this may in practice be less of a problem. Finally, the out-countries have the nuclear option of leaving the banking union.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > Denmark
    Countries > Sweden
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > economic and financial affairs > banks/financial markets
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Bruegel (Brussels) > Policy Contributions
    Depositing User: Daniel Pennell
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2020 09:54
    Number of Pages: 9
    Last Modified: 09 Nov 2020 10:04

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