Many thanks to Michael Beaton with http://recoveryandresolutionplans.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/eu-commission-publishes-liikanen-consultation/
for sharing this documentation as evidence…
On 16 May 2013, the EU Commission published “Reforming the structure of the EU banking sector”, a consultation paper which represents a follow-up to the recommendations made by the Liikanen High-Level Expert Group (the “HLEG”) in its report of October 2012. The deadline for responses to the consultation is 3 July 2013.
The consultation paper only presents policy options with respect to the structural separation recommendations of the HLEG, noting that the HLEG’s other proposals have been at least partially addressed in other initiatives such as the Bank Resolution and Recovery Directive and the Capital Requirements Directive/Regulation, or will only become actionable after the completion of ongoing exercises such as the Basel Committee’s review of trading book capital requirements. The Commission also accepts that structural reform will only affect a small subset of the approximately 8,000 EU banks. In particular, most local and regional banks will be excluded as well as the banks that focus on customer related lending. Moreover, separation requirements would not necessarily apply automatically to banks exceeding applicable thresholds but may be at the discretion of supervisors.