Bank of Italy claims impartiality over Antonveneta

The Bank of Italy has said it was fair with Banca Popolare di Lodi and ABN Amro Holding NV in their battle to take over Banca Antonveneta SpA, according to a letter sent to EU commissioner for the internal market Charlie McCreevy published by the daily Il Sole 24 Ore.

The central bank also highlighted that the supervision of banking capital adequacy is its own prerogative, the letter said.

'Prudential supervision is of the exclusive competence of national authorities, with the only limit of be