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  Dataset description The main objective of the survey is to enhance the Eurosystem's knowledge of financing conditions in the euro area and hence to help the Governing Council of the ECB to assess monetary and economic developments as an input into monetary policy decisions. It is designed to complement existing statistics on retail bank interest rates and credit with information on supply and demand conditions in the euro area credit markets and the lending policies of euro area banks. The survey addresses issues such as credit standards for approving loans as well as credit terms and conditions applied to enterprises and households. It also asks for an assessment of the conditions affecting credit demand.
The survey is addressed to senior loan officers of a representative sample of euro area banks and will be conducted four times a year. The sample group participating in the survey comprises banks from all euro area countries and takes into account the characteristics of their respective national banking structures.
For more information, please refer to the ECB website.
  Catalog Download the series catalogue (complete list of series) of the dataset BLS (Public) (including the metadata): Excel 2013 or the earlier Excel versions.
  ECB dataset naming convention

A series code is composed of up to 25 characters and contains 7 to 11 dimenisons: The key family identifier, the frequency, the country/area code, the bank selection, the bank lending survey item, the BLS contract counterpart, the BLS counterpart motivation, the time horizon, the effect domain, the market role and the BLS aggregation method. Dimensions are separated by a dot.

For example: BLS.Q.U2.ALL.CRQ.E.Z.B3.TC.S.BWA

Position Dimension Lenght Example Comments
1-4 The key family identifier 4 BLS always BLS
6 Frequency 1 Q Q: quarterly
8-9 Area code 2 U2 U2: Euro area (changing composition)
11-13 Bank selection 3 ALL ALL: All banks
variable Bank lending survey item (surevy question) up to 4 CRQ CRQ: Collateral requirements
variable BLS contract counterpart 1 E B: Banks; E: Enterprise; H: Household; X: Unspecified; Z: not applicable
variable BLS counterpart motivation up to 3 Z Z: Not applicable
variable Time horizon up to 3 B3 B3: Backward looking three months
variable Effect domain 2 TC TC: Credit terms and conditions
variable Market role 1 S S: Loan supply
variable BLS aggregation method up to 5 WA WA: Weighted average

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