Minimum Requirement for own funds and Eligible Liabilities (MREL)

The BRRD, which has been transposed in all participating Member States, requires banks to meet MREL targets so as to be able to absorb losses and restore their capital position, allowing banks to continuously perform their critical economic functions during and after a crisis. MREL represents one of the key tools in enhancing banks’ resolvability.

In 2017, the SRB developed its MREL policy and adopted its first binding decisions for major banking groups.

Considering the need to address the specificities of the most complex groups with more details, the SRB has split the 2018 resolution planning cycle into two waves.

The first started in January 2018 to allow for the banks that did not have binding targets – for instance those without presence outside the Banking Union – to be addressed first based on a MREL policy largely following the 2017 approach and published on 20 November 2018.

For the second wave of resolution plans, covering the most complex banks, MREL setting will be based on an enhanced MREL policy published on 16 January 2019. This second part of the 2018 MREL policy introduces a series of new features to strengthen the MREL approach and banks’ resolvability within the Banking Union. The SRB published an update to its policy on MREL in light of the publication of the Banking Package in the Official Journal of the EU on 7 June 2019.


2018 cycle


2017 cycle


2016 cycle


Contact the Single Resolution Board

Treurenberg 22, 1049 Brussels

+32 (0) 2 490 30 00