Too many European banks survived the financial crisis, the head of Europe’s banking regulator said in a newspaper interview on Monday.
“I’m convinced that too few European banks were dismantled and disappeared from the market,” European Banking Authority (EBA) chief Andrea Enria told the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in an interview.
“Barely 40 (disappeared), compared with around 500 in the United States,” he said.
“Governments wanted to keep their banks alive and that has hampered the healing process” of Europe’s financial system, Enria said.
The EBA organised a series of stress tests for European banks in recent years which have been criticised as being too lenient.