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E U R O P E A N B A N K I N G A U T H O R I T Y
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Financial management
and procurement
The EBA implemented a number of improve-
ments in 2012 to ensure better management
and control of financial resources, including
simplified internal processes to increase effi-
ciency. This improvement area was confirmed
by internal audits performed during the year.
In total, the EBA was 18 % more efficient in
terms of spending its overall budget in 2012
than for 2011, with budget execution standing
at 89 %.
In 2012, the EBA launched 19 procurement
procedures to develop, improve and support
the internal infrastructure of the organisation,
with the total maximum value forecast for the
contracts signed in 2012 in excess of EUR 20
million.
Our staff
With the growing need for a well resourced
team, the EBA recruited 28 temporary agents,
six contract agents and nine seconded na-
tional experts in 2012, bringing the total staff
number to 94 by the end of the year. There was
a 64 % increase in the number of applicants
compared with 2011, showing the high level
of public interest in positions at the EBA. Our
staff come from 20 countries of the European
Union — 44 % are women and 56 % are men.
Information technology
One key area in procurement in 2012 was
around IT infrastructure, such as increasing
managed data-centre capacity, in anticipation
of the increased demands on the EBA. Under
a revised IT strategy, the EBA also provided a
collaboration tool for colleges of supervisors
to simplify joint working between national and
EBA experts. This successful programme has
seen the number of users double in 2012.
Communication
In additional to traditional press and commu-
nication activities to provide the media and
stakeholders with easily accessible informa-
tion, a new website is expected to be launched
during the summer of 2013. The EBA organ-
ised several events in 2012 to exchange with
and gather feedback from stakeholders.
These included:
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the first EBA Consumer Protection Day;
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the first EBA research workshop, bringing
together economists from national super­
visory authorities and leading academics;
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nine public hearings, held as part the con-
sultation processes on guidelines and tech-
nical standards; and
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a workshop on the implementation of super­
visory reporting requirements.