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Financial Stability Forum re-established as Financial Stability Board: FSF institutionally strengthened with expanded membership

April 2, 2009: As announced in the London G-20 Summit declaration issued today, a broad consensus has emerged towards placing the FSF on stronger institutional ground with an expanded membership – to strengthen its effectiveness as a mechanism for national authorities, standard setting bodies (SSBs) and international financial institutions to address vulnerabilities and to develop and implement strong regulatory, supervisory and other policies in the interest of financial stability.

1. The expanded FSF has been re-established as the Financial Stability Board (FSB) with a broadened mandate to promote financial stability.

2. The FSB consists of a Chairperson, a Steering Committee, the Plenary with member countries, SSBs and international financial institutions, and a Secretariat. The Chair oversees the Steering Committee, the Plenary and the Secretariat.

3. The FSB Plenary is the decision making organ of the FSB. The Steering Committee provides operational guidance between plenary meetings to carry forward the directions of the FSB. A full-time Secretary General and an enlarged Secretariat based in Basel support the FSB.

4. Jurisdictions eligible for Plenary membership include the current FSF member jurisdictions plus the rest of the G20, Spain and the European Commission. Eligibility will be reviewed periodically.

5. As obligations of membership, member countries and territories commit to pursue the maintenance of financial stability, maintain the openness and transparency of the financial sector, implement international financial standards (including the 12 key International Standard and Codes), and agree to undergo periodic peer reviews, using among other evidence IMF/World Bank public Financial Sector Assessment Program reports. The FSB will elaborate and report on these commitments and the evaluation process.

6. The Plenary has country or regional representation drawn from authorities responsible for maintaining financial stability. Representation is at the level of central bank governor or immediate deputy, head of the main supervisory/regulatory agency and deputy finance minister. Plenary members also include the chairs of the main SSBs and central bank committees, and representatives of the IMF, World Bank, the BIS and the OECD. The FSB plenary will meet 2 times per year and have calls as needed.

7. Seat assignments in the FSB Plenary reflect the size of the national economy, financial market activity and national financial stability arrangements. Delegations with more than one seat have one member seated at the back. Members sitting at the back have the rights of the table. Representation at the table can be changed according to topic. The FSB Chair can extend ad hoc invitations to non-members to attend plenary meetings.

8. The Steering Committee’s composition is decided by the FSB Chair in a manner that ensures maximum effectiveness in taking forward the FSB’s work while having regard to balanced representation in terms of geographic regions and institutional functions. The Steering Committee ensures effective information flow to the full membership.


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