17 May 2013

The Enforcement of Temporary Restrictive Measures on Transactions of Foreign Banks in case of Emergency Third Decree, of 2013

 

  • This present Decree shall apply for a seven day period.

    • In the present Decree, unless a different meaning results from the context-

      “international customer” means a customer of a credit institution that is included in the catalogue, who is:

      • non resident of Cyprus as defined in the Directive of the Central Bank of Cyprus for the definition of the word "resident of Cyprus" for statistical purposes, issued on 27 June 2008 under the Central Bank of Cyprus Laws of 2002 to 2007 or
      • a corporation, trust, partnership or legal entity, whereby 100% of the ultimate beneficial owners thereof are non resident natural persons or a company listed on a recognised exchange ,outside the Republic, as defined in the Directive for the calculation of the capital requirements and large exposures of banks of 2006 to (No.2) of 2011.
      • Provided that any such company is not listed on the Cyprus Stock Exchange·

        “domestic customer” means a customer of a credit institution in the Republic other than an international customer·

        “compliance officer” means the compliance officer as defined in section 69 of the Prevention and Suppression of Money Laundering Activities Law·

        «Law» means The Enforcement of Restrictive Measures on Transactions in case of Emergency Law of 2013.

    • Terms not otherwise defined in this Decree shall have the meaning ascribed to them by the Law.
    • A credit institution that satisfies the conditions of this paragraph may apply to the Central Bank requesting its inclusion in the catalogue of credit institutions, set out in the Annex of this Decree. A credit Institution is only included in the catalogue set in the Annex of this Decree provided that the Governor is satisfied that all of the following conditions are met:
      • The credit institution is a branch or a more than 50% subsidiary of a foreign bank.
      • The credit institution for the purpose of giving effect to this Decree internally splits into two operations: one dealing with international customers and the other with domestic customers.
      • In the case of a subsidiary of a foreign bank:
        • A letter of comfort is provided to the Central Bank of Cyprus from the parent bank of the credit institution confirming that, as long as this Decree is in force, it will always support the liquidity position of the subsidiary in the Republic so that the subsidiary in the Republic will not request Emergency Liquidity Assistance from the Central Bank of Cyprus or liquidity from Eurosystem credit operations.
        • A standby credit facility is provided to the subsidiary by the parent bank for an amount of at least equal to 30% of customer deposits.
        • The ratio of liquid assets, as liquid assets are defined in the Directive to Banks on the Computation of Prudential Liquidity in all currencies (Revised November 2010), to total customer deposits will not be lower than 60%. With respect to liened (blocked funds) held as collateral for credit facilities granted, the lower between the liened (blocked) funds and outstanding credit facility balance shall be excluded from the total customer deposits mentioned in (ii) and (iii).
      • A list of the international customers is submitted to the Central Bank of Cyprus in a standardised electronic template in a format specified by the Central Bank of Cyprus with written confirmation from the Compliance Officer of the credit institution that all the persons included in the list of international customers are international customers as defined in paragraph 2 of this Decree.
      • The Central Bank of Cyprus, if it deems necessary, may request the External Auditors of the credit institution to confirm in writing that the credit institution meets all the conditions of this section.
    • The Compliance Officer of a credit institution that is included in the catalogue shall regularly monitor compliance with the conditions of this section and report any change immediately to the Central Bank of Cyprus.
    • New international customers may be added on the list of international customers submitted to the Central Bank of Cyprus under paragraph 3(d). Provided that the credit institution shall immediately notify the Central Bank of Cyprus of any changes to the list of international customers submitted to the Central Bank of Cyprus under paragraph 3(d) and submit to the Central Bank of Cyprus the new list of international customers with written confirmation from the Compliance Officer of the credit institution that is included in the catalogue, that all the persons in the list of international customers are international customers as defined in paragraph 2 of this Decree. Whereas the new list of international customers replaces the old list and enters into force immediately after confirmation of the Central Bank of Cyprus about the receipt of the list. Provided that the Central Bank of Cyprus may, if it deems necessary, request additional confirmation from the External Auditors of the credit institution.
    • The Compliance Officer of the credit institution that is included in the catalogue shall electronically report the credit institution’s transactions weekly to the Central Bank of Cyprus.
    • A credit institution shall remain in the catalogue set in the Annex of this Decree provided that all the conditions of this section are continuously met. The Central Bank of Cyprus shall control/monitor the implementation of this condition and proceeds to a relevant recommendation to the Minister on any necessary revision of the said catalogue.
  • By virtue of sections 4 and 5 of the Law, following a recommendation by the Governor and with the consent of the Governor, the following restrictive measures are imposed on credit institutions that are included in the catalogue which is set in the Annex of this Decree:

    • All cashless payments or transfers of deposits/funds from a credit institution that is not included in the above mentioned catalogue to an international customer of a credit institution included in the catalogue or to such a credit institution’s own account are considered as cashless payments or transfers of deposits/funds to accounts held abroad and are subject to the provisions of any other Decree issued under the Law.
    • All cashless payments or transfers of deposits/funds from a domestic customer to an international customer of a credit institution included in the catalogue or to such a credit institution’s own account are considered as cashless payments or transfers of deposits/funds to accounts held abroad and are subject to the provisions of any other Decree issued under the Law.
    • All cashless payments or transfers of deposits/funds from a credit institution that is included in the above mentioned catalogue, for its own account or by the order of an international customer, are permitted and are not subject to any restrictive measure imposed under any other Decree issued under the Law.
    • All transactions between a credit institution that is included in the catalogue and an international customer are permitted and are not subject to any restrictive measure imposed under any other Decree issued under the Law.
    • All transactions between international customers are permitted and are not subject to any restrictive measure imposed under any other Decree issued under the Law.
    • All transactions between a credit institution that is included in the above mentioned catalogue, by the order of an international customer or for their own account, and an entity outside the Republic are permitted and are not subject to any restrictive measure imposed under any other Decree issued under the Law.
    • Credit institutions that are included in the above mentioned catalogue are prohibited from servicing domestic customers that maintain accounts with their Head Office or soliciting and obtaining new business from domestic customers or opening new accounts for domestic customers.
    • All domestic customers are also subject to the restrictive measures imposed by any other Decree issued under the Law. Provided also that all permissions relating to an international customer are applicable only if accounts of international customers, since the entry into force of the Enforcement of Temporary Restrictive Measures on Transactions in case of Emergency First Decree, of 2013 and until the date this Decree comes into force, have not been credited with funds from accounts of domestic customers and with funds from domestic banks. Provided also that in the case that funds from accounts of domestic customers and funds from domestic banks have been credited into the account of an international customer, since the entry into force of the Enforcement of Temporary Restrictive Measures on Transactions in case of Emergency First Decree, of 2013 and until the date this Decree comes into force, these funds shall be subject to the provisions of any other Decree issued under the Law.
    • The Enforcement of Temporary Restrictive Measures on Transactions of Foreign Banks in case of Emergency First Decree, of 2013 is repealed.
    • The repeal of the Decree referred to in subparagraph (1) does not-
      • restore anything that is not in force or does not exist at the time of repeal, and
      • affect the previous validity of the repealed Decree or anything that took place normally or allowed by virtue of the said Decree, and
      • affect a right, a privilege, an obligation or a responsibility that is derives from the repealed Decree, and
      • affect penalty, forfeiture or punishment incurred for an offense committed in violation of the repealed Decree, and
      • affect an investigation, a legal proceeding or remedy related to any right, privilege, obligation, liability, penalty, forfeiture or punishment as mentioned above,and such investigation, legal proceeding or remedy that can arise, continued or executed, and such penalty, forfeiture or punishment can be imposed as if the said Decree is not repealed.

 

17th May 2013

 

APPENDIX

[Paragraph 3(1) and (5) and paragraph 4]

CATALOGUE OF CREDIT INSTITUTIONS

  • Bank of Beirut SAL
  • Banque BEMO SAL
  • Banque SBA
  • Barclays Bank PLC
  • BBAC SAL
  • BLOM Bank SAL
  • Credit Libanais SAL
  • Jordan Ahli Bank plc
  • Lebanon and Gulf Bank SAL
  • OJSC Promsvyazbank
  • Privatbank Commercial Bank
  • Russian Commercial Bank (Cyprus) Ltd

 

Source: Ministry of Finance, The Enforcement of Temporary Restrictive Measures on Transactions of Foreign Banks in case of Emergency Third Decree, of 2013.

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http://www.mof.gov.cy/mof/mof.nsf/index_en/index_en?OpenDocument

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