BRUSSELS, Dec 6 (Reuters) - European Union lawmakers on Thursday backed new rules that would soften requirements on the money that lenders must set aside to cover potential losses from new debt that turns sour.
A legislative text put to the vote in the economic affairs committee of the European Parliament eased the requirements for banks compared to a deal reached in October by EU governments. That deal had in turn softened a previous proposal from the European Commission.
The changes adopted by lawmakers will need approval from EU governments before they can be turned into law. (Reporting by Francesco Guarascio; Editing by Kevin Liffey)