European Commission

Study on the costs of compliance for the financial sector

25 август 2020

Financial sector regulation has grown significantly, both in terms of scale and complexity, since the global financial crisis. Specifically, during the last ten years, regulation has become more comprehensive, it has become broader in scope and supervisory reporting has become far more granular. While post-crisis regulatory reforms were necessary to increase the resilience of financial institutions, restore financial stability and rebuild trust in the financial system, businesses claim that frequent changes to financial regulation and its growing complexity is placing a disproportionate burden on them. This study provides high-level estimates of the (incremental) costs incurred by businesses to comply with EU financial legislation, particularly the costs of meeting supervisory reporting requirements. It also provides an analysis of the main determinants and drivers of compliance costs. The study is based on a thorough review of available literature, detailed interviews and a survey of a sample of businesses drawn from the following sectors: banks and financial conglomerates; investment banks; asset managers; insurers/re-insurers, financial markets, financial advisors; and pension funds.