Decisions taken by the Governing Council of the ECB (in addition to decisions setting interest rates) August 2005

Operational issues

Indicative calendars for Eurosystem tender operations and reserve maintenance periods

The Governing Council approved indicative calendars for Eurosystem tender operations and reserve maintenance periods in 2006. Details are provided in two press releases published on the ECB’s website on 4 August 2005 in all official Community languages.

Payment systems

Central banks’ provision of retail payment services in euro to credit institutions

The Governing Council approved a policy statement for the provision of retail payment services in euro to credit institutions, which will be published shortly on the ECB’s website in all official Community languages. The NCBs of the ESCB that are not members of the Eurosystem have also subscribed to this policy position.

Financial stability and supervision

Eurosystem contribution to the European Commission’s public consultation on the Green Paper on Financial Services Policy (2005-2010)

The Governing Council approved the above-mentioned contribution, which is available on all Eurosystem websites.

Advice on legislation

ECB Opinion on the regulation of lobbying in Slovakia

On 3 August 2005, at the request of the Slovak Ministry of Justice, the Governing Council adopted an Opinion on the regulation of lobbying, including lobbying activities in relation to Národná banka Slovenska (CON/2005/25). The Opinion is available on the ECB’s website.

ECB Opinion on financial market supervision in Slovakia

On 4 August 2005, at the request of Národná banka Slovenska, the Governing Council adopted an Opinion on Národná banka Slovenska’s task in relation to integrated supervision of the whole financial market and amendments to its statutes (CON/2005/26). The Opinion is available on the ECB’s website.

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