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Governance and stakeholders

The Governing Council has launched the two-year investigation phase of the digital euro project. The project is being steered by the Eurosystem’s High Level Task Force on Central Bank Digital Currency, which reports to the Governing Council.

Eurosystem’s High Level Task Force

During the investigation phase, the Eurosystem is actively engaging with a large number of stakeholders.

Regular dedicated exchanges with the European Parliament and euro area finance ministers will ensure that a digital euro can support the objectives of the Eurosystem and meet the needs of European citizens. The ECB is also cooperating closely with the European Commission to review at a technical level a broad range of policy, legal and technical questions emerging from a possible introduction of a digital euro.

Broad engagement with market stakeholders will ensure that a digital euro meets users’ needs. A set of initiatives have been put in place, including (i) market contact groups, (ii) surveys and (iii) calls for expression of interest on the technical design features of a digital euro. ECB experts also exchange views on a digital euro with representatives from European civil society organisations and academia.

Digital Euro Market Advisory Group

The Digital Euro Market Advisory Group advises the Eurosystem on the design and potential roll-out of a digital euro. It also explores how a digital euro could be beneficial to those involved in the euro area’s network of payments systems. The Group’s members are market practitioners who are active in the retail payments market. The members do not represent their institutions but act in a personal capacity.

Euro Retail Payments Board

The Euro Retail Payments Board (ERPB) supports the Eurosystem by providing views from members representing both the demand and supply side of the European retail payments market. The ERPB is a forum for institutional dialogue with the market on a digital euro. The ECB informs and consults the ERPB about the progress of the investigation phase in regular meetings, technical sessions and written procedures.

The ERPB is a high-level strategic body fostering the integration, innovation and competitiveness of euro retail payments in the European Union. Its members represent industry and stakeholder associations.

Documents and meetings

16 January 2023
21 December 2022
8 December 2022
6 December 2022
10 November 2022
9 November 2022
3 October 2022
29 September 2022
16 September 2022
1 September 2022
11 July 2022
6 July 2022
5 July 2022
8 June 2022
4 May 2022
4 May 2022
4 April 2022
9 March 2022
25 February 2022
19 January 2022
10 November 2021

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