ECB report on EU banking structures

The European Central Bank (ECB) published its annual report on EU banking structures on Thursday 26 October. The report, which has been published each year since 2002, reviews the main structural developments in the EU banking sector in 2005 and until mid-2006.

The most important structural developments that took place in the EU banking sector include:

The consolidation process initiated in the 1990s is still producing downsizing effects at aggregate level, with a further decline in the number of

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