EU Ministers Postpone Talks on Liikanen Bank Structure Group

European Union finance ministers postponed a discussion on possible bank structure rules until next month after separate talks on supervision of lenders overran today.

Ministers are now set to discuss the matter at their next meeting in October, Michel Barnier, the EU’s financial services chief, told reporters after a meeting in Nicosia, Cyprus today.

Barnier has asked Bank of Finland Governor Erkki Liikanen to lead a high-level group that will propose options for better separation of retail banking and other investment activities. While the group is scheduled to deliver its report on Oct. 2, Cyprus, which holds the rotating presidency of the EU, had called for a preliminary discussion today.

“I have to work on the basis of these proposals” from the Liikanen group, Barnier said.

“There’s two steps. The first one is the Liikanen group conclusions and after I have to work for several months to propose new legislation,” he said.

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