The Government assures that the ECB report lacks a binding nature


The Executive assures that it will carry out a rigorous analysis of the opinion recently published by the European Central Bank (ECB) about the temporary tax that the Spanish government wants to impose on the banking sector. However, he stressed that the report presented is not binding.

Government sources have clarified after learning of the ECB report – where it says that the Spanish tax on banks can weigh down credit and advocates that it can be passed on to customers – that the European body does not issue an opinion against the tax, but that makes recommendations and pronounces on technical aspects of the standard that it considers necessary to clarify. According to the Executive, these are relevant considerations for any tax of this type that may be developed in another country, noting that all the considerations set out by the ECB were taken into account by the Spanish Government before making the proposal.

Increase in profits due to rate hikes

In relation to the situation of financial entities, the Executive highlights that the results that are being known these days point to a strong increase in profits in the first nine months of the year as a result, among other things, of the rise in interest rates and that the remuneration of deposits is still contained.

Thus, the Government concludes that the banking sector is in a very solid position in terms of solvency and does not expect the new tax to have a significant impact both because of its temporary nature and because of its calibration and design. Finally, in relation to competition, the Government understands that the time horizon of the tax minimizes any distorting effect.


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