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3.6.4. Information technology
Besides maintaining and supporting produc-
tion systems for data collection and general
infrastructure, the Information Technology
Unit has established its IT strategy for the
coming years. The new strategy aims at re-
viewing the status quo in line with the objec-
tives and goals set out in the EBA’s mandate.
The EBA’s IT functions and tasks can be clus-
tered into three core domains; the ‘harmoni-
sation’ of banking supervision in the single
market, the ‘execution’ of banking supervision
of systemic banks in the EU and the ‘adminis-
tration’ of the organisation. The fourth domain
covers common IT services and IT infrastruc-
ture. It builds the foundation to deliver the IT
systems required for the three core domains.
To enhance the comparability of regulatory in-
formation in the EU the EBA IT Unit continues
to maintain in ‘harmonisation’ the financial and
common regulatory framework (FINREP and
COREP) while preparing the transition of these
frameworks into binding technical standards.
The comparability of data is an essential pre-
condition for carrying out peer analyses and
benchmarking exercises. The binding techni-
cal standards will cover reporting of capital
adequacy, financial information, liquidity, large
exposures and leverage ratio and it will specify
uniform data elements, frequencies and remit-
tance dates as well as IT solutions to be applied
by credit institutions and investment firms in
Europe — namely XBRL. The IT Unit prepared
the delivery of the IT solutions for the binding
technical standards in the form of a pre-­defined
XBRL taxonomy.
In the ‘execution’ domain the IT Unit has en-
hanced, maintained and operated a technical
platform and organisational procedures for
gathering supervisory information and con-
ducting risk assessments of credit institutions.
The current IT platform supports regular and
ad hoc exercises and includes functionalities
for data acquisition, dissemination, storage
and presentation, as well as analytical tools
for the production of risk assessment reports.
In addition, the EBA implemented the first
phase of the Credit Institution Register.
To support the work on colleges, the IT Unit
provided a collaboration tool to facilitate the
tasks of college members. The tool provides a
secure way to exchange and store documents
and reports and simplify the joint work of na-
tional and EBA experts in a geographically
distributed set-up and doubled its user com-
munity in 2012.
Common IT services lay the foundation for
the functioning of the IT application systems
of the EBA and provide day-to-day IT services
to all users. The IT Unit enhances, maintains
and operates the common IT services in ac-
cordance with applicable IT policies of the
European Commission and internal service
requirements.