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 The risk appetite in the PZU Group - the magnitude of risk undertaken to attain its business objectives, where its measure is the level of potential financial losses, the decline in asset value or the growth in the amount of liabilities within one year.

Risk appetite defines the maximum level of permissible risk while setting limits and restrictions for the various partial risks and the level above which remedial actions are taken to curtail further risk expansion.

The process of determining the risk appetite and risk limits for each risk category consistent with the Group’s process has been implemented in all the insurance entities in the PZU Group. The management board of each entity determines the risk appetite, risk profile and risk tolerance reflecting its financial plans, business strategy and the objectives of the entire PZU Group. This approach ensures the adequacy and effectiveness of the risk management system in the PZU Group and prevents the acceptance of risk levels that could jeopardize the financial stability of individual entities or the entire PZU Group. The determination of the appropriate level of risk in each entity is the Management Board’s responsibility, whereas a review of the risk appetite values is conducted once a year by the unit responsible for risk, with all actions being coordinated at the PZU Group level.

Risk appetite is determined at least once a year in the PZU Group’s banking sector entities. This process is carried out based on the applicable regulatory requirements (including those arising from remedial plans) and best practices. This process is tailored to both banks to reflect the business strategy and capital structure of each entity. Risk appetite in banking sector entities is a topic for consultation with the PZU Group’s parent company and the subject matter of opinions issued by the PZU Group Risk Committee with a view to ensuring consistency between the activities carried out by the banks and the strategic plans and business objectives of the PZU Group as a whole while maintaining an acceptable level of risk at the Group level. The agreed upon level of risk appetite is also approved by the Supervisory Boards of the banking sector entities.

Process of determining the risk appetite