June 1, 2017 / 9:14 AM / in 2 months

Small banks can pose big risks, ECB supervisor warns

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FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Reducing reporting requirements for European banks based on their size would pose inherent risks as smaller lenders can still cause major disruptions, European Central Bank supervisor Pentti Hakkarainen said on Thursday.

Hakkarainen's comments challenge the views of some at the Bundesbank that reporting requirements for Germany's numerous small lenders should be reduced to cut their administrative burden.

"The past has shown us many times that it is quite possible for small banks to cause severe disruption to the economy, for example during the US savings and loans crisis, and also the Nordic experience," Hakkarainen said.

"So I advise against the proposal that I understand is currently under discussion, which would reduce reporting requirements for smaller banks in rather a crude way."

Reporting by Balazs Koranyi; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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