Loan Origination and Monitoring – ESG in the financial sector

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May 13, 2021 9:00 am
May 13, 2021 3:00 pm
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Thursday 13/05/2021 - 09:00-15:00

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In 2020 the European Banking Authority (EBA) issued the Guidelines on loan origination and monitoring (the guidelines) in response to the Council of the European Union’s Action Plan on tackling the high level of non-performing exposures. The objective of the guidelines is:


  • to improve institutions’ practices and associated governance arrangements, processes and mechanisms in relation to credit granting, in order to ensure that institutions have robust and prudent standards for credit risk taking, management and monitoring, and that newly originated loans are of high credit quality
  • to ensure that the institutions’ practices are aligned with consumer protection rules and respect fair treatment of consumers


The guidelines specify the internal governance arrangements, processes and mechanisms, as laid down in Article 74(1) of Directive 2013/36/EU (CRD) and further specified in the EBA Guidelines on internal governance, and requirements on credit and counterparty risk, as laid down in Article 79 of Directive 2013/36/EU in relation to the granting and monitoring of credit facilities throughout their life cycle. The EBA guidelines will apply from 30 June 2021.


Furthermore, following the adoption of the Paris Agreement on climate change and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015, governments are making strides to transition to low-carbon and more circular economies on a global scale. On the European front, the European Green Deal sets out the objective of making Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050.


The financial sector is expected to play a key role in this respect, as enshrined in the Commission action plan on financing sustainable growth. Transitioning to a low-carbon and more circular economy entails both risks and opportunities for the economy and financial institutions, while physical damage caused by climate change and environmental degradation can have a significant impact on the real economy and the financial system. The ECB is closely following developments that are likely to affect euro area institutions. The Commission action plan on financing sustainable growth aims to redirect financial flows to sustainable investments, to mainstream sustainability in risk management and to enhance transparency and long-termism. Specifically for the banking sector, the European Banking Authority (EBA) was given several mandates to assess how environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks can be incorporated into the three pillars of prudential supervision. Since not all financing activities are likely to be equally affected by ESG risks, it is important that institutions and supervisors are able to distinguish and form a view on the relevance of ESG risks, following a proportionate, risk-based approach that takes into account the likelihood and the severity of the materialisation of ESG risks.



Christina K. Livada

Dr. Christina Livada is currently working as a Special Legal Advisor at Alpha Bank in Greece, being responsible for regulatory issues and their implementation.

Before her appointment, Christina has worked for seventeen years at the Hellenic Bank Association as a Special Legal Advisor, also responsible for the regulatory issues pertaining to banking, capital markets and consumer protection law.

She has been member of the Corporate Governance working group of the Hellenic Corporate Governance Council for the review of the Greek Corporate Governance Code. She is also member of the Hellenic Association of Banking and Capital Markets Law. Her main fields of expertise are company law, corporate governance, banking and capital markets law, as well as consumer protection law.

Furthermore, Christina has obtained her PhD from the Faculty of Law of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in 2004. Also, Christina is an Assistant Professor of Commercial Law at the Faculty of Law of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She is the author of several known books and articles in the abovementioned fields.
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