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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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Operations
There was a considerable range of internal
operational matters which the EBA dealt with
in 2014. This included legal support, the im-
plementation of a new project management
tool, data protection activity, and financial and
human resources management, as well as in-
formation technology and internal controls.
Management Board (MB)
Pursuant to the EBA’s founding regulation,
the MB ensures that the EBA carries out its
mission and performs the tasks assigned to it.
The MB is composed of the EBA Chairperson
and six other members of the BoS elected by
and from the voting members of the BoS. The
Executive Director and a representative of the
European Commission participate in meetings
of the MB without the right to vote.
Upon expiry of their first term, two mem-
bers of the MB were re-elected in December
2014 to serve a second mandate. One mem-
ber represents a participating SSM Member
State whereas the second comes from a non-
participating SSM Member State. In accord-
ance with the EBA founding Regulation, four
participating and two non-participating SSM
Member States must be represented in the
MB. Furthermore, this representation must be
balanced and proportionate and must reflect
the Union as a whole.
In 2014, the MB met five times at the EBA
premises in London, and held one conference
call. During these meetings, it took important
organisational decisions affecting the EBA and
held strategic discussions which supported
the BoS’ ultimate decisions. The conclusions
of the MB meetings are published on the EBA
website.
Legal support
In 2014, the EBA dealt with legal issues re-
lated to the change of the seat of the Authority,
human resources issues stemming from the
Staff Regulations and the Conditions of Em-
ployment of other Servants, agreements with
EBA suppliers, requests from EU bodies such
as the European Court of Auditors and the Eu-
ropean Ombudsman.
The EBA continued to provide internal le-
gal support to the BoS, the MB, the senior
management team and the core policy and
operational functions. It dealt with requests
relating to transparency and public access to
documents. Within the remit of the Regula-
tion (EC) No 1049/2001, the EBA provided its
advice on three formal requests for access to
information.
Maintaining high ethical standards is a key
priority for the EBA. It is important in retain-
ing the legitimacy of the Authority’s role and
in protecting the Authority’s interests and
reputation. Within this context, revised ethics
guidelines for EBA staff, regardless of grade
or category, and a new Conflict of Interest Pol-
icy for EBA Non-Staff Members, which applies
to Members of the BoS and their alternates,
were developed. (
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In 2014, the EBA handled more than forty com-
plaints received directly from individuals or le-
gal persons of which most concerned a variety
of consumer protection issues. Following their
evaluation, some complaints have been iden-
tified as suitable for preliminary enquiry and
have been investigated as to potential breach
of Union law cases.
Finally, legal support was provided on any is-
sues which could potentially give rise to litiga-
tion. The EBA also continued providing legal
advice in order to manage cases of litigation
at both administrative and judicial level and
representing the EBA in legal disputes before
the ESA’s Joint Board of Appeal, the Court of
Justice, the General Court and the Civil Ser-
vice Tribunal.
(
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) Independence and Decision Making Processes for
Avoiding Conflicts of Interests (CoI Policy) for Non-
Staff, see EBA website: