Research Handbook on State Aid in the Banking Sector
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Research Handbook on State Aid in the Banking Sector

Edited by François-Charles Laprévote, Joanna Gray and Francesco De Cecco

The Research Handbook on State Aid in the Banking Sector brings together experts in state aid and in financial regulation, drawn from legal academia, legal practice, economics, and from the EU and EEA institutions to shed light on this relationship. The editors and expert contributors do this by elucidating key concepts that underpin the application of state aid law to banks, and by considering specific aspects of the interface between state aid and financial regulation. The Research Handbook's analysis is complemented by a number of key country-based case studies, and by a concluding section which takes stock of the Banking Union’s package of legislative/regulatory reforms and reflects on the possible future role of state aid in this sector.
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Chapter 14: Southern Program Countries – Cyprus, Portugal, Spain

Carlos Botelho Moniz, Pedro de Gouveia e Melo and Luís do Nascimento Ferreira

Abstract

This chapter addresses the EU State aid framework for the banking sector in three Southern European countries that were under a financial assistance programme: Cyprus, Portugal and Spain. It covers the main milestones in the strengthening, recapitalization and restructuring of the largest banks in those countries, and addresses the way in which bailout rules intertwine with EU State aid provisions. Contrary to what one might expect, funds channelled to the banking industry from the assistance programmes and close monitoring by the EU institutions and the IMF throughout the programmes, were not always sufficient to remedy the shortcomings surrounding the financial sector.

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