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This document sets out procedures and guidance for national authorities operating the countercyclical capital buffer regime. It sets out what is required of the national authorities responsible for operating the countercyclical buffer regime, the principles that they should follow in making buffer decisions and the calculation of the common buffer guide that will feed into buffer decisions across jurisdictions. In addition to providing guidance for national authorities, this document should help banks to understand and anticipate the buffer decisions in the jurisdictions to which they have credit exposures.