BIRD organisational structures
The BIRD Steering Group (BIRD SG) is the governing body of the BIRD and guides the project’s development, decides on its priorities, and assesses its objectives, resources, and workflows.
The BIRD SG consists of representatives of the banking industry, the national central banks, and European authorities, who in turn inform their representatives in the Banking Industry Dialogue on ESCB statistics about BIRD activities. The BIRD SG has two co-chairs: Mr Massimo Casa (representing the ESCB) and Mr Marc Ziegler (representing the banking industry).
The BIRD SG oversees the BIRD Experts Group (BIRD EG), an operational group made up of experts in data modelling and reporting frameworks from the banking industry, national central banks, and the ECB. The role of these experts is to develop and maintain the BIRD methodology, content, and documentation.
The BIRD SG and EG are supported by regular cooperation with external companies with expertise in fields relevant to the BIRD.
More information about the responsibilities of the BIRD SG and the BIRD EG can be found in the Project charter of the Banks’ Integrated Reporting Dictionary (BIRD)
Previous versions of the project charters are available at the following link: Charter of the Steering Group of the Banks’ Integrated Reporting Dictionary.Summary of the inaugural meeting in April 2018Summary of the meeting in December 2018Summary of the meeting in October 2019Summary of the meeting in October 2020Welcome address of the meeting in October 2020 by Werner BierSummary of the meeting in November 2021Summary of the meeting in May 2022Summary of the meeting in November 2022
Every year the BIRD SG approves the BIRD work plan, which describes the activities the BIRD EG has planned for the upcoming months. Subject to BIRD internal developments and external factors, changes to the BIRD work plan are suggested by the BIRD EG and approved by the BIRD SG.
The planned BIRD project activities are reflected in the BIRD work plan for 2023.BIRD work plan 2023
Previous work plansBIRD work plan 2022BIRD work plan 2019-2021BIRD work plan 2018-2020
The BIRD Experts Group (BIRD EG) is the operational body of the BIRD project and is responsible for fulfilling the objectives set by the BIRD SG. The BIRD EG comprises representatives of the banking industry and the ESCB who have expertise in reporting requirements and data modelling. The BIRD EG has had around 130 members from participating parties.
Members of the BIRD EG contribute to the subgroups and work streams, in accordance with the work plan established by the BIRD SG. Each subgroup and work stream has a clear mandate and contributes to expanding the content of the BIRD documentation and to improving its methodology.
Subgroups are normally temporary in nature and focus on integrating a specific reporting framework (or part of it) into the BIRD documentation. Their activity is therefore business-driven; it involves examining the regulation and business logic behind regulatory reporting requirements and determining how this should be integrated into the BIRD, in line with the BIRD methodology.
The Work Stream on Data Modelling (WS DM) and the Work Stream on Prototyping (WS P) - called Work Stream on Testing (WS T) prior to the BIRD relaunch in 2021 - act as operational and advice-giving bodies. They comprise representatives of the banking industry, the ESCB, and external companies.
They cover broader and more technical aspects of the project, such as building and maintaining an efficient and redundancy-free data model and performing testing activities. They ensure the consistency and integrity of the BIRD components and process from both a technical and business perspective. They work in parallel on different but related topics and closely collaborate with subgroups to contribute to the progress of the activities.
The main activities of the work streams focus on defining and integrating a Logical Data Model (LDM) into the BIRD process, harmonising the BIRD layers modelling approach, and defining best practice design principles. Work streams also coordinate activities to test and improve the capability of the BIRD to produce reporting requirements; the BIRD components and process are tested in multiple ways, e.g., by means of prototypes and test case executions which are developed by the external companies. The work streams are also involved in ad-hoc consultations on BIRD-related matters.
The different work streams can hold meetings independently of the BIRD subgroups’ meetings. The coordinators of the work streams regularly inform the BIRD EG about the progress of their work during the plenary meetings.
BIRD Member Institutions
The table below shows the institutions that are currently actively involved in the BIRD project.
Representatives of the European banking industry
Austrian Reporting Services GmbH***
Erste Group Bank AG
Raiffeisen Bank International AG
The Bank of New York Mellon SA/NV
Groupe Crédit Agricole
Société Générale S.A.
Deutsche Bank AG
Deutscher Sparkassen- und Giroverband***
DZ BANK AG
Sparkassen Rating und Risikosysteme GmbH***
Allied Irish Banks Group plc*
BPER Banca S.p.A
Cassa Centrale Banca – Credito Cooperativo Italiano
Iccrea Banca S.p.A
Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A
Monte dei Paschi di Siena S.p.A.*
ABN AMRO Bank NV
De Volksbank N.V.*
ING Groep N.V.*
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria S.A.
Banco Santander S.A.
National Central Banks
European Institutions / Organisations
European Banking Authority*
European Banking Federation**
European Central Bank**
Single Resolution Board
* BIRD Steering Group member only
** BIRD Co-secretariat
*** Other institutions collaborating with the European banking industry
Cooperation with external companies
The BIRD project aims to foster cooperation in the field of regulatory reporting. That’s why cooperation with parties beyond the banking industry which are involved in the chain of the bank reporting process (e.g., software vendors and consulting companies) is also key. External companies can contribute to the development of the BIRD on a voluntary basis by sharing their knowledge and expertise with BIRD experts and by getting involved in other operational tasks.
For more details, please see the page on the BIRD call for interest.
For inquiries, please contact BIRD@ecb.europa.eu