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Polish bank association head asks for regulatory shift to unburden local lenders

The Polish Bank Association head Krzysztof Pietraszkiewicz called for adjustments in Poland's banking sector regulation policy, warning that the current regulatory setting could cause problems for some lenders, Rzeczpospolita reported March 25.

Pietraszkiewicz said the local banking sector is stable and functioning well, but has been overburdened for the last few years with administrative and regulatory requirements, and even the leading Polish banks are currently not attractive from an investment point of view.

The official pointed to several factors, such as the fiscal nature of the local bank tax, high contributions to the Bank Guarantee Fund and additional capital requirements for lenders with foreign currency mortgage exposure, that have been affecting the Polish banking sector, causing profit and assets stagnation, drop in ROE and falling lending supply for companies.

The excessive burdens and restrictions could result in Polish lenders losing their competitive edge and the ability to modernize and finance their own development as well as that of the country's economy, according to Pietraszkiewicz.

The PBA head also called on Polish authorities to come up with an action plan to support local cooperative banks, which provide services in thousands of smaller towns and villages across Poland.