The IMF Country Reports Series covers economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after discussions with officials of the country, is published at the option of the member.
This paper discusses key findings of the Financial System Stability Assessment on Cyprus. The assessment reveals that the banking system of Cyprus has managed to avoid the worst effects of the global financial crisis, but stress tests confirmed that credit risk remains high. The assessment suggests that work on the crisis contingency framework should be completed. Various European Union (EU)-wide and national initiatives are already under way, including strengthening deposit insurance, drafting guidelines for emergency liquidity assistance, and adopting a legal framework for covered bonds to facilitate access to European Central Bank refinancing.