The survey is a unique instrument developed in the context of the Vienna Initiative to monitor cross-border banking activities and deleveraging in CESEE, to better understand the determinants / constraints influencing credit growth in CESEE and to gain some forward-looking insights into cross-border banks’ strategies and market expectations regarding local financial conditions.
The H1 2017 edition notes how some international banks have continued to partially reduce their aggregate exposure to the region, discriminating among countries of operations on the basis of differentiated returns, market potential and positioning. Regional demand for credit has continued to increase over the last six months, while supply standards have not eased. Group asset quality, domestic capital and changes in regulation weigh negatively on subsidiaries’ supply stance. Subsidiaries’ NPL ratios have continued to decline.