The Deposit Guarantee and Resolution of Credit and Other Institutions Scheme (DGS) was established and has been operating since 2000. The relevant legal framework is the Business of Credit Institutions Law, the Deposit Guarantee and Resolution of Credit and Other Institutions Scheme Law of 2016 and 2018, and the Regulations therein and the Resolution of Credit and Investment Firms Law of 2016.
The Scheme constitutes a separate legal entity. For the purposes of the Scheme, a Committee was established, consisting of staff from the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of Cyprus.
The purpose of the DGS is twofold: on the one hand it is to compensate the depositors of covered institutions which pay contributions, in the event that a credit institution is unable to repay its deposits; on the other hand, it is the funding of the implementation of resolution measures. The DGS covers deposits denominated in all currencies.
The compensation process is activated when a decision is reached that a member of the DGS is unable to repay its depositors. In this case, the relevant decision is adopted either by the Central Bank of Cyprus or through an order for special liquidation of the credit institution in question issued by a Court of the Republic or by the judicial authority of the country where the member is established.
The maximum amount of compensation, per depositor, per credit institution is €100.000, including accrued interest. This limit applies to the aggregate deposits held with a particular credit institution. When calculating the amount of compensation payable to a depositor, any loans or other credit facilities granted by the credit institution to a specific depositor are set-off against his/her deposits. Any counterclaims that the particular credit institution may have against the depositor in respect of which a right of set-off exists, may also be set-off.
Excluded from coverage are certain categories of deposits such as deposits by credit institutions (interbank), own funds, deposits by financial institutions, deposits by investment firms, deposits by insurance and reinsurance companies, deposits by collective investment schemes, deposits by public authorities as well as debt securities issued by a credit institution and liabilities arising out of own acceptances and promissory notes. Furthermore, among the categories excluded from coverage are deposits arising from transactions for which criminal conviction for money laundering has been instigated and deposits the holder of which has never been identified.
In case of payout activation of the DGS, an announcement is made by the Management Committee on the website of the Central Bank of Cyprus and in the local press.
Latest update: 7 December 2018