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Strasbourg approves the Covered Bond Legislative Package: A milestone for the future of the industry and the Capital Markets Union

“Strasbourg approves the Covered Bond Legislative Package: A milestone for the future of the industry and the Capital Markets Union”   Brussels, 18 April 2019 – For immediate release Following the trilogue negotiations with the Council and the European Commission on the proposal…

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The Energy Efficient Mortgages Initiative embraces the Polish market: PKO Bank Polski and PKO Bank Hipoteczny join the Pilot Scheme

12 April 2019

The Energy Efficient Mortgages Initiative embraces the Polish market: PKO Bank Polski and PKO Bank Hipoteczny join the Pilot Scheme   Brussels, 12 April 2019 - For immediate release The Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEM) Initiative is delighted to announce that PKO…

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The Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania joins the Advisory Council of the Energy Efficient Mortgages Pilot Scheme

The Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania joins the Advisory Council of the Energy Efficient Mortgages Pilot Scheme Brussels, 3 April 2019 - For immediate release  The Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEM) Initiative is pleased to announce that the…

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Autonomous Province of Trento - Agency for Water Resources and Energy (APRIE) joins the Advisory Council of the Energy Efficient Mortgages Pilot Scheme

27 February 2019

Autonomous Province of Trento - Agency for Water Resources and Energy (APRIE) joins the Advisory Council of the Energy Efficient Mortgages Pilot Scheme   Brussels, 27 February 2019 - For immediate release   The Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEM) Initiative is…

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BNL Gruppo BNP Paribas takes flight in the Energy Efficient Mortgages Pilot Scheme

26 February 2019

BNL Gruppo BNP Paribas takes flight in the Energy Efficient Mortgages Pilot Scheme Brussels, 26 February 2019 - For immediate release   The Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEM) Initiative is pleased to announce that BNL Gruppo BNP Paribas has joined the…

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Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW), the bicentennial German bank, joins the Covered Bond Label

21 February 2019

"Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW), the bicentennial German bank, joins the Covered Bond Label" Brussels, 21 February 2019 – For immediate release   The Covered Bond Label Foundation (CBLF) is pleased to announce that Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW) is the latest German issuer…

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EMF Publishes Quarterly Review - Q3 2018

17 January 2019

PRESS RELEASE Mortgage and housing market momentum continued in Q3 2018 – Brussels, 17January 2019 – For immediate release   The European Mortgage Federation (EMF) is delighted to announce the publication of its Quarterly Review of European Mortgage Markets for…

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Finance Finland joins the ECBC

5 December 2018

Finance Finland joins the ECBC Brussels, 5 December 2018 – For immediate release   The European Covered Bond Council (ECBC) is pleased to announce that Finance Finland, has become the latest member to join the Council. Accordingly, the ECBC now…

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Energy Efficient Mortgages: A greener future for Europe

3 December 2018

Energy Efficient Mortgages: A greener future for Europe Brussels, 3 December 2018 - For immediate release The Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEM) Initiative is, today, unveiling its definition of an energy efficient mortgage which is the result of extensive cross-sectoral, market…

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COLIBRI HYPOTHEKEN JOINS THE ENERGY EFFICIENT MORTGAGES PILOT SCHEME, BRINGING THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPATING BANKS TO 40!

27 November 2018

Colibri Hypotheken joins the Energy Efficient Mortgages Pilot Scheme, bringing the number of participating banks to 40!   Brussels, 27 November 2018 - For immediate release   The Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEM) Initiative is delighted to announce that Colibri Hypotheken…

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Cajamar Caja Rural is the latest Spanish issuer to join the Covered Bond Label

12 November 2018

“Cajamar Caja Rural is the latest Spanish issuer to join the Covered Bond Label” Brussels, 12 November 2018 – For immediate release   The Covered Bond Label Foundation (CBLF) is pleased to announce that Cajamar Caja Rural has today become the…

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EMF PUBLISHES QUARTERLY REVIEW – Q2 2018

24 October 2018

PRESS RELEASE Q2 2018 mortgage and housing market momentum projected in Q1 continues into Q2 - Brussels, 24 October 2018 – For immediate release   The European Mortgage Federation (EMF) is delighted to announce the publication of its Quarterly Review…

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Energy Efficient Mortgages Initiative strongly welcomes first strategic partnership to be launched under the Energy Efficient Mortgages Pilot Scheme

17 October 2018

PRESS RELEASE ENERGY EFFICIENT MORTGAGES INITIATIVE STRONGLY WELCOMES FIRST STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP TO BE LAUNCHED UNDER THE ENERGY EFFICIENT MORTGAGES PILOT SCHEME  Brussels, 17 October  2018 - For immediate release The Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEM) Initiative strongly welcomes today’s announcement that E.ON and BNP Paribas Personal…

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The Covered Bond Label Welcomes My Money Bank as the latest New Issuer to the Covered Bond Market

21 September 2018

“The Covered Bond Label Welcomes My Money Bank as the latest New Issuer to the Covered Bond Market”   Brussels, 21 September 2018 – For immediate release   The Covered Bond Label Foundation (CBLF) is pleased to announce that My Money…

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Building a greener society: Ecology Building Society joins the Energy Efficient Mortgages Pilot Scheme

20 September 2018

PRESS RELEASE Building a greener society: Ecology Building Society joins the Energy Efficient Mortgages Pilot Scheme   Brussels, 20 September 2018 - For immediate release The Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEM) Initiative and Ecology Building Society are delighted to announce that…

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“2019 Harmonised Transparency Template (HTT): Launched and ready for lift-off in Q1 2019”

18 September 2018

“2019 Harmonised Transparency Template (HTT): Launched and ready for lift-off in Q1 2019”   Brussels, 18 September 2018 – For immediate release   The Covered Bond Label Foundation (CBLF) is delighted to announce the formal adoption of the new and enhanced…

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“Covered Bond Industry reaches important consensus on the four most critical issues to be addressed in the current legislative discussions on an EU Framework for Covered Bonds”

17 September 2018

“Covered Bond Industry reaches important consensus on the four most critical issues to be addressed in the current legislative discussions on an EU Framework for Covered Bonds” Brussels, 17 September 2018 – For immediate release   The European Mortgage Federation…

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Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce joins the Covered Bond Label

5 September 2018

  “Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce joins the Covered Bond Label”   Brussels, 5 September 2018 – For immediate release   The Covered Bond Label Foundation (CBLF) is pleased to announce that Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce has today become…

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THE COVERED BOND LABEL ADVISORY COUNCIL WELCOMES ANNE CARIS FROM BANQUE PICTET & CIE SA AS A NEW MARKET REPRESENTATIVE

4 September 2018

“The Covered Bond Label Advisory Council welcomes Anne Caris from Banque Pictet & Cie SA as a new Market Representative”   Brussels, 4 September 2018 – For immediate release The Covered Bond Label Foundation (CBLF) is delighted to welcome Ms Anne…

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ECBC provides overview of national market impacts of draft Report of MEP Bernd Lucke for EP’s ECON on proposed Covered Bond Directive

4 September 2018

“ECBC provides overview of national market impacts of draft Report of MEP Bernd Lucke for EP’s ECON on proposed Covered Bond Directive” Brussels, 4 September 2018 – For immediate release   The European Mortgage Federation - European Covered Bond Council…

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“EMF HYPOSTAT 2018: unveiling annual statistics and insights on European (and beyond) housing and mortgage markets”

3 September 2018

“EMF HYPOSTAT 2018:   unveiling annual statistics and insights on European (and beyond) housing and mortgage markets”   Brussels, 3 September 2018 – For immediate release   The European Mortgage Federation (EMF) is pleased to announce the publication of the 2018 edition…

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“The Covered Bond Label Welcomes Pekao Bank Hipoteczny S.A.”

30 August 2018

“The Covered Bond Label Welcomes Pekao Bank Hipoteczny S.A.” PRESS RELEASE  Brussels, 30 August 2018 – For immediate release   The Covered Bond Label Foundation (CBLF) is pleased to announce that Pekao Bank Hipoteczny S.A. has joined the Covered Bond…

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“ECBC welcomes Valiant Bank AG as a new member of the Council”

29 August 2018

“ECBC welcomes Valiant Bank AG as a new member of the Council”   Brussels, 29 August 2018 – For immediate release   The European Covered Bond Council (ECBC) is pleased to announce that Valiant Bank AG has become the latest…

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The Wait is Finally Over: the 2018 Edition of the European Covered Bond Fact Book is Now Available

27 August 2018

  “The Wait is Finally Over: the 2018 Edition of the European Covered Bond Fact Book is Now Available”   Brussels, 27 August 2018 – For immediate release   The European Covered Bond Council (ECBC) is pleased to announce the…

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EMF PUBLISHES QUARTERLY REVIEW – Q1 2018

18 July 2018

Q1 2018 mortgage and housing market momentum continues at a gentle pace   The European Mortgage Federation (EMF) is delighted to announce the publication of its Quarterly Review of European Mortgage Markets for the first quarter (Q1) of 2018. Produced…

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“Buying a house: Taking out a mortgage in a nutshell”

27 June 2018

“Buying a house: Taking out a mortgage in a nutshell”    Brussels, 27 June 2018 – For immediate release   Becoming a homeowner is very exciting, especially for the first time, but it is also a big decision, both personally…

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“Exciting news from Galicia: ABANCA joins the Covered Bond Label family”

22 June 2018

“Exciting news from Galicia: ABANCA joins the Covered Bond Label family”   Brussels, 22 June 2018 – For immediate release   The Covered Bond Label Foundation (CBLF) is pleased to announce to have conferred to ABANCA Corporación Bancaria, S.A. the 118th Covered…

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Boudewijn Dierick of BNP Paribas nominated ECBC Deputy Chairman

18 June 2018

Brussels, 18 June 2018 – For immediate release   The European Covered Bond Council (ECBC) is delighted to announce that Mr Boudewijn Dierick (BNP Paribas) has been nominated for the role of ECBC Deputy Chairman for the 2018-2019 mandate by…

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The light turns green: Energy Efficient Mortgages Pilot Scheme goes live!

14 June 2018

   The light turns green: Energy Efficient Mortgages Pilot Scheme goes live!     Today marks an important milestone for the Energy Efficient Mortgages Initiative, with the official launch of the Energy Efficient Mortgages Pilot Scheme, on the occasion of…

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EMF Publishes Quarterly Review – Q4 2017

28 May 2018

Notwithstanding Geopolitical International & Domestic Tensions, Housing and Mortgage Markets in Europe continued their resilient path at the end of 2017   The European Mortgage Federation (EMF) has today published its Quarterly Review of European Mortgage Markets for the fourth…

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Caisse des Dépôts Appoints Market Representative to the Covered Bond Label Advisory Council

Caisse des Dépôts Appoints Market Representative to the Covered Bond Label Advisory Council”   Brussels, 22 May 2018 – For immediate release   The Covered Bond Label Foundation (CBLF) is delighted to announce that Caisse des Dépôts has appointed Mr…

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EMF-ECBC presents market feedback on the European Commission’s Covered Bond Legislative Package

“EMF-ECBC presents market feedback on the European Commission’s Covered Bond Legislative Package”   Brussels, 17 May 2018 – For immediate release   The European Mortgage Federation - European Covered Bond Council (EMF-ECBC) welcomes the legislative package on covered bonds, which aims…

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European Parliament Signals Support for Energy Efficient Mortgages

17 April 2018

Brussels, 17 April 2018 – For immediate release     The European Mortgage Federation – European Covered Bond Council (EMF-ECBC) welcomes the adoption today by the European Parliament of the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), which promotes the…

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National Bank of Canada joins the Covered Bond Label, which further consolidates its presence in North America

16 April 2018

Brussels, 16 April 2018 – For immediate release   The Covered Bond Label Foundation (CBLF) is pleased to announce National Bank of Canada has today become the 101st Issuer to join the Covered Bond Label. As of today, the total…

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Chiomenti joins ECBC

5 April 2018

Brussels, 05 April 2018 – For immediate release   The European Covered Bond Council (ECBC) is pleased to announce that Chiomenti (www.chiomenti.net) has become the latest member to join the Council. Accordingly, as of April 2018, the ECBC represents 120 members…

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Berlin Hyp, pioneer of Green Covered Bonds, becomes the 100th issuer to hold the Covered Bond Label

22 March 2018

Brussels, 22 March 2018 – For immediate release   The Covered Bond Label Foundation (CBLF) is delighted to announce that Berlin Hyp has joined the Covered Bond Label. As such, Berlin Hyp becomes the 100th issuer to hold the Label…

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mBank Hipoteczny S.A. joins the ECBC

22 March 2018

Brussels, 22 March 2018 – For immediate release   The European Covered Bond Council (ECBC) is pleased to announce that mBank Hipoteczny, based in Poland, has become the latest covered bond issuer to join the Council as a member. Accordingly,…

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EMF-ECBC welcomes the European Commission’s Covered Bond Package as one of the pillars of the Capital Markets Union

12 March 2018

“EMF-ECBC welcomes the European Commission’s Covered Bond Package as one of the pillars of the Capital Markets Union”   Brussels, 12 March 2018 – For immediate release    The European Mortgage Federation - European Covered Bond Council (EMF-ECBC) welcomes the…

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EMF-ECBC welcomes the European Commission’s Sustainable Finance Action Plan and the commitment to assess the potential for realignment of capital requirements for “green” assets

8 March 2018

EMF-ECBC welcomes the European Commission’s Sustainable Finance Action Plan and the commitment to assess the potential for realignment of capital requirements for “green” assets   Brussels, 8 March 2018   The European Mortgage Federation - European Covered Bond Council (EMF-ECBC)…

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DealVector joins the ECBC

22 February 2018

The European Covered Bond Council (ECBC) is pleased to announce that DealVector, based in California, USA, has become the latest market stakeholder to join the Council as a member. Accordingly, the ECBC now represents 117 members across more than 30…

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mBank Hipoteczny S.A. joins Covered Bond Label

16 February 2018

Brussels, 16 February 2018 – For immediate release   The Covered Bond Label Foundation (CBLF) is delighted to announce that mBank Hipoteczny has become the second Polish issuer to join the Covered Bond Label. As such mBank Hipoteczny becomes the…

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EeMAP Consortium welcomes E.ON’s consumer research

EeMAP Consortium welcomes E.ON’s consumer research Brussels, 15 February 2018 – For immediate release   Consumer research led by E.ON indicates that Energy Efficient Mortgages could be the answer customers have been looking for.   Access to affordable finance has…

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Energy Efficient Mortgages initiative seeks market views to shape forthcoming pilot scheme with banks

12 February 2018

Brussels, 12 February 2018  Today, the Energy Efficient Mortgages Action Plan (EeMAP) Consortium has launched a major market consultation on guidelines for a pan-European ‘energy efficient mortgage’ pilot scheme. EeMAP is aimed at delivering a standardised European framework and data…

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Energy Efficient Mortgages Going Global

8 February 2018

Energy Efficient Mortgages Going Global   Singapore, 8 February 2018 – for immediate release Today, the Energy Efficient Mortgages Initiative is being presented at a Roundtable on Sustainable Finance & Energy Efficiency in Singapore in collaboration with the National University…

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PKO Bank Hipoteczny becomes the First Polish and Eastern European Issuer to join the Covered Bond Label

5 February 2018

PKO Bank Hipoteczny becomes the First Polish and Eastern European Issuer to join the Covered Bond Label   The Covered Bond Label Foundation (CBLF) is delighted to announce that PKO Bank Hipoteczny has become the first Polish issuer to join…

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Alpha Bank joins Covered Bond Label as first Greek issuer

18 January 2018

Alpha Bank joins Covered Bond Label as first Greek issuer     The Covered Bond Label Foundation (CBLF) is delighted to announce that Alpha Bank A.E. has become the first Greek issuer to join the Covered Bond Label, and the…

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EMF Publishes Quarterly Review – Q3 2017

17 January 2018

Added Focus on Regulation and Government Interventions Impacting Mortgage Markets   The European Mortgage Federation (EMF) has today published its Quarterly Review of European Mortgage Markets for the third quarter (Q3) of 2017.   Produced in cooperation with the Federation's…

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TAO Solutions of Canada joins ECBC - ECBC Strengthens its Global Membership ahead of Plenary Meeting in Vancouver in April

10 January 2018

The European Covered Bond Council (ECBC) is pleased to announce that TAO Solutions of Canada has become the latest member to join the Council. As of January 2018, the ECBC represents 117 Members across more than 30 active covered bond…

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Leading European banks show how Green Tagging can drive Energy Efficiency Financing

13 December 2017

ABN AMRO, BBVA, Berlin Hyp, HSBC, ING, Lloyds, SEB, Suedtiroler Volksbank, Triodos and UniCredit all part of new European study on sustainable finance   On 12 December Green Tagging emerged as the new strategy for Europe's leading banks to scale…

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EMF-ECBC welcomes European Commission’s announcement that it will consider amending capital charges for Green Mortgages

12 December 2017

  The European Mortgage Federation-European Covered Bond Council (EMF-ECBC) welcomes today’s announcement by the European Commission that it will consider amending capital charges for banks in order to boost green investments and loans, including green mortgages and green bonds.  …

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EMF-ECBC welcomes global recognition of covered bond asset class in Basel III reforms

8 December 2017

The European Mortgage Federation-European Covered Bond Council (EMF-ECBC) welcomes the announcement that the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) has reached an agreement on the Basel III reforms. This announcement comes after several years of discussion and consultation in which…

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Joint-industry group publishes directory of global and regional green finance policy initiatives

7 December 2017

Thursday 7 December 2017   The Global Green Finance Council (GGFC) has today published the first version of its reference guide to global and regional policy initiatives on green finance.   The "Global and European Green Finance Policy Directory" is…

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Energy Efficient Mortgage Initiative Gains Strong National Support from Belgium

15 November 2017

Second EeMAP National Roundtable event takes place in Brussels   Today, the Energy Efficient Mortgages Action Plan (EeMAP) Initiative takes another concrete step forward with the second in a series of national Roundtable events, this time focussing on Belgium. The…

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Italian banks take up COP23 challenge and organise first EeMAP roundtable in Milan

13 November 2017

First EeMAP national Roundtable event to focus on Italy   Following on from the presentation of EeMAP in Bonn at COP 23, the Energy Efficient Mortgages Action Plan (EeMAP) Initiative takes a concrete step forward with the first in a…

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Achmea Bank becomes 95th Covered Bond Labelled issuer, Label continues to cover 100% of Dutch market

6 November 2017

The Covered Bond Label Foundation (CBLF) is pleased to announce that Achmea Bank of the Netherlands has joined the Covered Bond Label, becoming the 95th issuer to hold the Label. To date, the Covered Bond Label has been granted to…

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Energy Efficient Mortgages could play central role in Europe’s new sustainable finance strategy

26 October 2017

Energy efficient mortgages could play a central role in Europe's new strategy for sustainable finance, states a White Paper published today under the EU funded "Energy Efficient Mortgages Action Plan" (EeMAP) Initiative - which sets out key recommendations towards the…

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Big Boost to Green Mortgages with Energy Efficient Data Portal Initiative - EeDaPP Initiative Receives Funding from European Commission

23 October 2017

Big Boost to Green Mortgages with Energy Efficient Data Portal Initiative Today, two years after COP21, the European Commission took another concrete step forward in its efforts to stimulate the private financing of energy efficiency, by supporting a market-led initiative…

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EMF Publishes Quarterly Review - Q2 2017

20 October 2017

The European Mortgage Federation (EMF) has today published its Quarterly Review of European Mortgage Markets for the second quarter (Q2) of 2017. Produced in cooperation with the Federation’s national experts, the Quarterly Review presents the latest short-term developments in mortgage…

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NN Bank joins the Covered Bond Label

21 September 2017

With NN Bank joining, the Label reaches 111 pools and holds a 100% coverage of the Netherlands   The Covered Bond Label Foundation (CBLF) is delighted to announce that the 111th Covered Bond Label has been granted to Nationale-Nederlanden Bank…

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Covered Bond Label Committee Approves Harmonised Transparency Template (HTT) for 2018

12 September 2017

Higher quality and greater harmonisation for covered bonds worldwide   The Covered Bond Label Foundation (CBLF) is delighted to announce the formal adoption of the new and enhanced 2018 version of the Harmonised Transparency Template (HTT). The 2018 HTT will…

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EMF Publishes Hypostat 2017

11 September 2017

The European Mortgage Federation (EMF) is pleased to announce the publication of the 2017 edition of Hypostat, the EMF’s flagship, annual statistical publication on housing and mortgage markets in Europe and beyond. The 2017 edition (covering developments until end 2016)…

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2017 Study on the Valuation of Property for Lending Purposes

1 September 2017

The European Mortgage Federation-European Covered Bond Council (EMF-ECBC) is pleased to announce the publication of the 2017 Study on the Valuation of Property for Lending Purposes, which provides comprehensive commentary on valuation practices for lending purposes across the European Union…

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ECBC Publishes 2017 Edition of the European Covered Bond Fact Book including market statistics for 2016

25 August 2017

The European Covered Bond Council (ECBC) is pleased to announce the publication of the 12th (2017) edition of its European Covered Bond Fact Book, which builds upon the success of previous editions and cements its place as the most comprehensive…

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EMF Publishes Quarterly Review - Q1 2017

24 August 2017

The European Mortgage Federation (EMF) has today published its full Quarterly Review of European Mortgage Markets for the first quarter (Q1) of 2017. Produced in cooperation with the Federation’s national experts, the Quarterly Review presents the latest short-term developments in…

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EeMAP Announces New Energy Efficient Mortgage Website

17 July 2017

Today (17 July 2017), the Energy efficient Mortgages Action Plan (EeMAP) Initiative is proud to announce the launch of its new website: www.energyefficientmortgages.eu. The new website offers visitors an easy-to-navigate portal through which they can quickly access key information about…

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New EU Green Securities Steering Committee to Identify Climate Finance Opportunities

3 July 2017

Joint Media Release New EU Green Securities Steering Committee to Identify Climate Finance Opportunities Programme to Promote Green Securitisation, Green ABS & Green Covered Bonds in Europe Jointly convened by the Climate Bonds Initiative and the European Covered Bond Council…

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Covered Bond Label enhances transparency in sustainable finance as Caja Rural de Navarra receives 110th Label

23 June 2017

The Covered Bond Label enhances transparency in sustainable finance as Caja Rural de Navarra receives 110th Label The Covered Bond Label Foundation (CBLF) is delighted to announce that the 110th Covered Bond Label has been granted to Spain’s Caja Rural…

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Private Finance for Energy Efficiency will support European Commitment to COP 21

9 June 2017

Today European stakeholders are gathering in Rome to confirm their commitment to the COP 21 Paris Agreement and propose concrete solutions to enhance energy efficiency in the European Union. The Energy efficient Mortgages Action Plan (EeMAP) Initiative is being presented…

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EMF-ECBC Welcomes CMU Mid-Term Review

8 June 2017

The European Mortgage Federation - European Covered Bond Council (EMF-ECBC) welcomes today’s publication by the European Commission of its Mid-Term Review of the Capital Markets Union (CMU) Action Plan. The EMF-ECBC fully supports the CMU’s goal of strengthening investment and…

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EU banking associations presents a set of High Level Principles for Banks’ Feedback on SME Credit Applications

6 June 2017

The European Mortgage Federation - European Covered Bond Council (EMF-ECBC) together with four other European banking associations (EAPB[1], EACB, EBF and ESBG) presented today, after discussing with European SME organisations, a set of high-level principles regarding the communication between SMEs…

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Norway’s Sparebanken Sør Boligkreditt’s pool becomes the 108th to hold Covered Bond Label

1 June 2017

The Covered Bond Label Foundation (CBLF) is delighted to announce that the 108th Covered Bond Label has been granted to Sparebanken Sør Boligkreditt which has become the 92nd labelled issuer on the Covered Bond Label website. Commenting on this latest…

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Norway’s Sparebanken Vest Boligkreditt joins the Label

31 May 2017

The Covered Bond Label Foundation (CBLF) is pleased to announce that Sparebanken Vest Boligkreditt, a Bergen-based Norwegian issuer, as become the 91st issuer to join the Covered Bond Label, following which the total number of cover pools holding the Label…

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Rabobank becomes the 90th Covered Bond Labelled issuer

11 May 2017

The Covered Bond Label Foundation (CBLF) is pleased to announce that Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A., a Dutch based bank, as become the 90th issuer to join the Covered Bond Label, following which the total number of cover pools holding the Label…

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EMF Publishes Quarterly Review – Q4 2016

25 April 2017

Notwithstanding growing political uncertainty, housing and mortgage markets in Europe continued their resilient path at the end of 2016 The European Mortgage Federation (EMF) has today published its Quarterly Review of European Mortgage Markets for the fourth quarter (Q4) of…

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Principle-based approach critical for the establishment of a harmonised EU covered bond framework

19 April 2017

In the context of the European Institution’s ongoing consideration of a potential European framework for covered bonds, the European Covered Bond Council (ECBC) supports the concept of a high-quality principle-based framework, which will act as a regulatory and qualitative market…

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Covered Bond Label

New Voluntary Addendum to HTT Facilitates Compliance with Upcoming ECB Requirements

28 March 2017

The Covered Bond Label Foundation (CBLF) is pleased to announce that after a thorough consultation process with market stakeholders, the new voluntary addendum to the Harmonised Transparency Template (HTT) is now online. To recap, the voluntary addendum, named “Optional ECB-ECAIs…

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Scotiabank

Canada’s Scotiabank Joins the Covered Bond Label

23 March 2017

Canada’s Scotiabank Joins the Covered Bond Label Pushing the Total Labelled Outstanding Above EUR 1.5 Trillion and Over 4,400 Covered Bonds The Covered Bond Label Foundation (CBLF) is pleased to welcome The Bank of Nova Scotia as the latest issuer…

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Covered Bond Label

The Covered Bond Label Introduces a New Voluntary Addendum to the HTT and More Granularity regarding CPTs, Soft Bullets and Sustainable Bonds

16 March 2017

The Covered Bond Label Foundation (CBLF) is pleased to announce the implementation of an enhanced set of features which, from today, will allow users of the Covered Bond Label website to identify at a more granular level, ISIN by ISIN:…

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Desjardins

Fédération des Caisses Desjardins du Québec Strengthens Covered Bond Label’s Presence in North America

9 March 2017

The Covered Bond Label Foundation (CBLF) is pleased to welcome Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec as the latest Issuer to join the Covered Bond Label. As of today, the Covered Bond Label has been granted to 103 cover pools…

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Covered Bonds Look to the East

3 March 2017

Today, the European Covered Bond Council (ECBC) begins a series of meetings in India and Singapore with key Asian national authorities and stakeholders from both existing and potential future covered bond jurisdictions. These meetings will allow discussions to take place…

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Ci Capital Intelligent

Capital Intelligence Ratings Ltd Joins ECBC

1 March 2017

The European Covered Bond Council (ECBC) is pleased to welcome Capital Intelligence Ratings Ltd (CI) as its latest Member. CI is regulated as a Credit Rating Agency (CRA) by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), and accredited as an…

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Td bank

Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD) Joins Covered Bond Label

23 February 2017

The Covered Bond Label Foundation (CBLF) is pleased to announce that The Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD) has today become the 86th issuer to join the Covered Bond Label. Following this development, the total number of cover pools under the Covered Bond…

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Green Mortgages: Private Financing to Bridge Investment Gap in Building Energy Efficiency

16 February 2017

Vice-President Katainen to Address EMF-ECBC Energy Efficient Mortgages Initiative Stakeholders in Brussels Today, the European Mortgage Federation - European Covered Bond Council (EMF-ECBC) is honoured to welcome Jyrki Katainen, European Commission Vice-President responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and competitiveness to…

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Singapore’s OCBC’s Cover Pool Becomes 100th to Hold Covered Bond Label

14 February 2017

Today, the Covered Bond Label Foundation (CBLF) celebrates the granting of its 100th Label to Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited’s (OCBC Bank) cover pool. The Singapore-based financial institution is the 84th issuer to join the Covered Bond Label. “We are pleased…

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NovoBanco

Portugal’s Novo Banco Joins Covered Bond Label

13 February 2017

The Covered Bond Label Foundation (CBLF) is pleased to announce that Novo Banco S.A. of Portugal has today become the 83rd issuer to join the Covered Bond Label. Following this development, the total number of cover pools under the Covered…

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In Aggregate Terms Interest Rates on Mortgages Continue to Decrease in Europe

23 January 2017

The European Mortgage Federation (EMF) has today published its Quarterly Review of European Mortgage Markets for the third quarter (Q3) of 2016. Produced in cooperation with the Federation’s national experts, the Quarterly Review presents the latest short-term developments in mortgage…

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Covered Bond Label Extends Its Global Reach with 98 Labelled Cover Pools

17 January 2017

Royal Bank of Canada First North American Issuer to Join Covered Bond Label The Covered Bond Label Foundation (CBLF) welcomes Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) as the first North American Issuer to join the Covered Bond Label. As such, RBC…

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Green Covered Bond Pioneer Berlin Hyp AG Joins ECBC

9 January 2017

The European Covered Bond Council (ECBC) is pleased to announce that the German real estate and mortgage bank Berlin Hyp AG has become the latest member to join the Council. As of January 2017, the ECBC represents over 100 members…

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European Investment Fund Representative to join Covered Bond Label Advisory Council for 2017-2018 mandate

17 November 2016

The Covered Bond Label Foundation (CBLF) is pleased to announce the new lists of representatives for the Covered Bond Label Advisory Council and for the Covered Bond Label Committee for the upcoming 2017-2018 mandate. The appointments for the Label Advisory…

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Changes in ECBC Steering Committee Mandate 2017-2018

17 November 2016

The European Covered Bond Council (ECBC) is pleased to announce the new list of its Steering Committee representatives for the mandate 2017-2018, as proposed today by the ECBC Steering Committee for formal approval. Subject to the formal approval of the…

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Finnish Sp Mortgage Bank Plc Becomes 81st Issuer to Join the Covered Bond Label

15 November 2016

The Covered Bond Label Foundation (CBLF) is pleased to announce that Finland’s Sp Mortgage Bank Plc has become the 81st issuer to join the Covered Bond Label. Following the bank’s accession, the total number of cover pools under the Covered…

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Covered Bond Label Strengthens its Foothold in the Nordics

27 October 2016

The Covered Bond Label Foundation (CBLF) is pleased to announce that Norway’s SR-Boligkreditt has become the 80th issuer to join the Covered Bond Label. Moreover, the Covered Bond Label’s presence in the Nordic countries has been further strengthened by the…

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Gross Mortgage Lending in the EU Continued to Increase in Q2 2016

13 October 2016

The European Mortgage Federation (EMF) has today published its Quarterly Review of European Mortgage Markets for the second quarter (Q2) of 2016. Produced in cooperation with the Federation’s national experts, the Quarterly Review presents the latest short-term developments in mortgage…

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BNP Paribas Fortis Brings Belgium to the Covered Bond Label Family

6 October 2016

The Covered Bond Label Foundation (CBLF) is delighted to announce that BNP Paribas Fortis has become the 79th issuer to join the Covered Bond Label. Moreover, the Belgium-based bank’s adhesion to the Label brings the total number of covered bond…

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Covered Bond Label Further Enhances Transparency and Best Practices with the Approval of the Harmonised Transparency Template 2017

29 September 2016

The Covered Bond Label Foundation (CBLF) is delighted to announce the formal approval of the new and enhanced 2017 version of the Harmonised Transparency Template (HTT). The new HTT (available here) will be applicable to all Covered Bond Label issuers…

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Ground-breaking Energy Efficiency Financing Project Aims to Create Benefits for Homebuyers

20 September 2016

Homebuyers across the EU could be offered better borrowing rates on mortgages in return for purchasing more energy efficient homes or committing to implement energy saving work within properties, under a ground-breaking project being pioneered by a unique partnership of…

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More than half of Labelled Cover Pools disclosed using the Harmonised Transparency Template

12 September 2016

The Covered Bond Label Foundation (CBLF) is delighted to announce that a large number of labelled issuers have now published their Harmonised Transparency Templates (HTTs) in the Covered Bond Label database. Of the 93 cover pools currently registered on the…

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Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG Joins the Covered Bond Label

9 September 2016

The Covered Bond Label Foundation (CBLF) is delighted to announce that the 92nd and 93rd Covered Bond Labels have been granted to Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG, which has become the 78th Labelled Issuer on the Covered Bond Label website. In line…

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Housing and mortgage markets in 2015 confirm positive trend of recovery and growth of European economy

5 September 2016

The European Mortgage Federation (EMF) is pleased to announce the publication of the 2016 edition of Hypostat, which is its main statistical study encompassing data on recent developments in housing and mortgage markets in Europe and beyond. The 2016 edition,…

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ECBC Publishes 2016 Edition of the European Covered Bond Fact Book

22 August 2016

The European Covered Bond Council (ECBC) is pleased to announce the publication of the 11th (2016) edition of its European Covered Bond Fact Book, which builds upon the success of previous editions and cements its place as the most comprehensive…

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Global Growth in Covered Bond Asset Class in 2015

22 July 2016

The European Covered Bond Council (ECBC) is pleased to announce the online publication of its covered bond market statistics for 2015. The ECBC data covers market developments over the past 13 years for 31 different countries, this year including also…

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EMF Publishes Quarterly Review – Q1 2016

18 July 2016

The European Mortgage Federation (EMF) has today published its Quarterly Review of European Mortgage Markets for the first quarter (Q1) of 2016. Produced in cooperation with the Federation’s national experts, the Quarterly Review presents the latest short-term developments in mortgage…

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EMF-ECBC Warns against Loss of Sensitivity in Internal Rating Based Approaches

29 June 2016

The European Mortgage Federation- European Covered Bond Council (EMF-ECBC) believes that capital requirements should be founded on risk-based approaches. The view is presented in the EMF-ECBC’s recent response to the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision’s proposal on Reducing variation in…

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NSFR Would Have Potential Constraining Impact on Covered Bond Markets

11 May 2016

The European Mortgage Federation- European Covered Bond Council (EMF-ECBC) cautions that the current Net Stable Funding Ratio (NSFR) proposal from the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) would unduly restrict the covered bond market and, as a result, long-term financing.…

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EMF and EAA Map Features and Application of Automated Valuation Models

9 May 2016

The European Mortgage Federation (EMF) is pleased to announce the publication of a joint paper together with the European AVM Alliance (EAA) examining the features and key applications of Automated Valuation Models (AVMs) and of the state of the Industry…

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EMF Publishes Quarterly Review – Q4 2015

20 April 2016

The European Mortgage Federation (EMF) has today published its Quarterly Review of European Mortgage Markets for the last quarter (Q4) of 2015. Produced in cooperation with the Federation’s national experts, the Quarterly Review presents the latest short-term developments in mortgage…

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Global Issues Increasingly Important in the Covered Bond Market

13 April 2016

The European Covered Bond Council (ECBC) is pleased to announce the establishment of a new Working Group focusing on global issues in the covered bond market. The ECBC Global Issues Working Group was launched due to the high level of…

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Clifford Chance Appoints Market Representative to the Covered Bond Label Advisory Council

11 April 2016

The Covered Bond Label Foundation (CBLF) is delighted to announce that Clifford Chance has appointed Mr Amer Siddiqui, Senior Associate, Capital Markets, as its Market Representative on the Covered Bond Label Advisory Council with immediate effect. With the appointment, Clifford…

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Specificities of EU mortgage markets create subsequent challenges for cross-border lending

21 March 2016

The European Mortgage Federation - European Covered Bond Council (EMF-ECBC) published its response to the European Commission’s Green Paper on Retail Financial Services: Better Products, More Choice, and Greater Opportunities for Consumer and Businesses on Friday 18th of March 2016.…

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Covered Bond Label Community Continues to Grow and Becomes More Harmonised

21 March 2016

The Covered Bond Label Foundation (CBLF) is delighted to announce that the 91st Covered Bond Label has been granted to Banca Popolare di Milano (BPM), which has become the 77th labelled issuer on the Covered Bond Label website. In line…

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New Zealand joins the ECBC Covered Bond Comparative Database

25 February 2016

The European Covered Bond Council (ECBC) is proud to announce the addition of New Zealand as a new country in the ECBC Covered Bond Comparative Database. With the aim of increasing convergence in the different covered bond models, the ECBC…

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First European Issuers Implement the Covered Bond Label HTT

22 February 2016

The Covered Bond Label Foundation (CBLF) is delighted to announce that SG Société de Crédit Foncier (SG SCF) & SG Société de Financement de l’Habitat (SG SFH) in France, and Caja Rural de Castilla La Mancha (CRCLM), a new labelled…

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United Overseas Bank (UOB) publishes the first global Covered Bond Label Harmonised Transparency Template

19 February 2016

The Covered Bond Label Foundation (CBLF) is delighted to announce that United Overseas Bank (UOB), a Singapore-based new labelled covered bond issuer, is the first global issuer to publish its Harmonised Transparency Template (HTT). As such, this not only adds…

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A broader scope of the definition of default is necessary

26 January 2016

In response to the European Banking Authority’s (EBA) call for an increased level of harmonisation in the application of the definition of default across the EU prudential framework, the European Mortgage Federation - European Covered Bond Council (EMF-ECBC) has published…

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EMF Publishes Quarterly Review – Q3 2015

18 January 2016

The European Mortgage Federation (EMF) has today published its Quarterly Review of European Mortgage Markets for the third quarter (Q3) of 2015. Produced in cooperation with the Federation’s national experts, the Quarterly Review presents the latest short-term developments in mortgage…

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