Recent Structure of European Banking
This chapter reviews the key features of the European banking industry: its size, structure and statistics on the technological advances over the period 2001–2008. It is designed to provide readers with an examination and comparison of the overall structure of banks operating in individual EU countries related to different subgroups (that is, the euro area, the EU-27 and NMS) and the banking sector’s recent regulatory developments. First it considers the overall size of the European banking sector, with an emphasis on the number of banks, branches and employees both at EU average and individual country levels. Then the focus of attention is shifted to the wave of mergers and acquisitions (M&As) and the application of technological advances in individual EU countries.
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