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Weekly meeting | 19/11/2014

Weekly College meeting discusses greater transparency

First Vice-President Timmermans and Commissioner Malmström © EUFirst Vice-President Timmermans and Commissioner Malmström © EU

As of 1 December 2014, all Members of the Commission are expected to make public all contacts and meetings held with stakeholders and lobbyists. This will be part of the Juncker Commission's Transparency Initiative debated today.

On 19 November 2014 the College of Commissioners framed the Transparency Initiative which is at the core of President Juncker's political guidelines. The discussion focused on the implementation of this initiative to assure more transparency when it comes to contacts between Commissioners, their Cabinets and Directors-General on the one hand and interest groups and individuals registered in the Transparency Registry on the other hand.

This is already partly reflected in the working methods adopted by the European Commission on 12 November 2014, underlining that a commitment to transparency should characterise the work of all the members of the Commission. As of 1 December 2014, all Members of the Commission are expected to make public on the Commission's website all contacts and meetings held with stakeholders and lobbyists.

The European Commission has also today (19 November) proposed a shortlist of candidates for the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Single Resolution Board (SRB), the European Resolution Authority for the Banking Union. The shortlists are (in alphabetical order): Chair Mr Luc COENE, Ms Elke KÖNIG, Mr Philippe MAYSTADT; Vice-Chair Mr Pentti HAKKARAINEN, Ms Arianne Joanne KELLERMANN, Mr Timo LÖYTTYNIEMI.

The shortlists will now be transmitted to the European Parliament and the Council will also be informed. This will be an important step towards making the Single Resolution Board, which is the second pillar of the Banking Union, operational. The shortlisted candidates were chosen though an open selection procedure.

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