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  • Objectives
    single European market for financial services across national borders which is globally competitive and to the benefit of the European economy as well as suppliers and consumers of financial services to provide a focal point and resources for members of the European Parliament interested in financial services issues as well as a forum for industry Parliamentary dialogue to deploy the joint expertise of its financial industry Members to spread factual

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  • Governance principles
    the EU Its role is to make suggestions on the programme of events to provide speakers assist in the drafting of briefing papers and set the level of member contributions in order to finance the Forum s activities In addition there is an Administrative Committee which is drawn from and elected by members of the Financial Industry Committee It has the responsibility for liaising regularly with the Steering Committee setting the agenda of meetings managing the business of the Forum and deciding on applications for membership Neutrality The principal objective of the EPFSF is to provide a forum for discussion on matters relevant to Europe s financial services industry and to enhance MEPs understanding of the financial markets and their role within the wider community The value placed on the EPFSF lies in its diverse membership and its position as an acknowledged and reliable source of information allowing debate and the issuance of impartial commentaries on key issues at the heart of the European legislative agenda During its debates all participants including consumer representatives and other stakeholders are entitled to voice their opinion The briefing papers that are prepared in advance to the events are all published on the Forum s website and demonstrate its effort to be as neutral and informative as possible Since the EPFSF benefits from members of the whole financial industry which have different point of views all positions are taken into account thus helping to ensure neutrality Inclusiveness Its membership represents the diversity of Europe s financial services industry It is open to any member which complies with objective membership criteria i e providing financial services and supporting the integration of EU financial markets Through its organisation and activities the Forum pays particular attention to the fair and equitable representation of all the different areas

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  • Statutes
    of the Forum open to attendance by Members c at the AC s invitation must be ready to contribute to briefs and or provide speakers as appropriate d shall pay any membership dues set by the General Meeting in accordance with Article 9 1 of the present articles Cessation of Membership 2 5 Membership shall be lost by a declaration of withdrawal or exclusion pursuant to a decision of the General Meeting 2 6 A declaration of withdrawal made by a Member must be sent to the chair of the AC by registered mail at least six months before the end of the year after which the cessation will become effective In such a case the chair of the AC shall inform the other members of the AC immediately 2 7 A Member can be excluded from the Forum pursuant to a decision of the General Meeting following a proposal by the AC after having heard the Member in question pursuant to Article 12 para 2 of the Act Such an exclusion shall be effective immediately unless the General Meeting decides otherwise 2 8 Any Member that withdraws or is excluded from the Forum shall not be entitled to any of the Forum s assets Any such Member shall be liable for all dues to the Forum for the year of the withdrawal or exclusion with no pro rata deduction Article 3 Total number of Members The total number of Members cannot be less than three 3 Article 4 General Meeting GM 4 1 The General Meeting is the supreme body of the Forum and shall be composed of the Members The General Meeting is empowered to do whatever it deems necessary or useful to achieve the Forum s purpose The General Meeting determines the general policy of the Forum and can give all powers and authority to the AC in that respect The General Meeting has exclusive authority in the matters listed under Article 4 of the Act Furthermore the General Meeting has exclusive authority in the following matters a appointment from amongst its Members of members to the AC b approval of the annual accounts and annual budget 4 2 The General Meeting shall meet at least once a year in order to approve the annual accounts and the annual budget hereinafter the Ordinary General Meeting At this meeting the General Meeting shall also appoint new members to the AC to fill any vacancies 4 3 Extraordinary meetings of the General Meeting may be called by the chair of the AC at his or her own initiative or at the request of at least one fifth of the Members and shall take place in the framework of the FIC as described in Article 5 4 4 The chair of the Steering Committee hereinafter the SC or anyone appointed by him her shall preside over the Ordinary General Meeting and any extraordinary General Meetings 4 5 The notice of and agenda for a General Meeting shall be sent by

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  • Finances
    served basis This fee is set at 200 also see Non Members Policy Expenditures Members contributions cover the organisation of the Forum s activities including the costs for luncheons and other events secretariat remuneration the website as well as printing brochures and other materials for publication and travel mainly for events in Strasbourg Office holders and members of Forum committees whether from parliament or industry make their input on a

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  • Secretariat
    for the practical organization of the different events and the day to day management of the Forum and its committees The secretariat operates under the instructions of the Financial Industry Committee and the Administrative Committee Chair and has no role in determining the policies of the Forum The Secretariat may however be requested to supply ad hoc political advice on the functioning of the forum or the issues it addresses

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  • FAQ
    programme and managing the secretariat Members elect an Administrative Committee AC of no more than 12 members each year at the Annual General Meeting The AC has been given responsibility for regular liaison with the Steering Committee on the role of the Forum the agenda of meetings and the progress on meetings for managing the business of the Forum for appointing outside consultants if needed for deciding on applications for membership and for convening meetings The Forum also invites five observers to join its events BEUC The European Consumers Organisation Better Finance The European Federation of Financial Services Users Finance Watch Association dedicated to making finance serve society FSUG Financial Services User Group and UEAPME The European Association for Craft Small and Medium sized Enterprises What is the membership procedure Organisations wishing to join must send a letter of application to the Chairman of the Financial Industry Members Administrative Committee AC If the conditions of membership are fulfilled the organization is invited by the AC to join The Steering Committee of MEPs is informed of all applications The Forum s website contains extensive public information about the activities of the Forum its objectives and how to join How has the membership of the Forum developed since it was founded Since its foundation the Forum has been very successful in attracting new members Today approximately 57 European financial service providers and associations representing a large segment of the financial services industry are active in the Forum A detailed list of members is available on the website What are the fees and how are they decided The Forum is a not for profit organisation Members contributions cover the organisation of the Forum s activities including the costs of events secretariat expenses the website as well as printing brochures and other materials for publication The annual contributions of industry members are set by the General Assembly Contributions for 2014 are 8 000 per member How is the programme decided Following consultations with MEPs and the Steering Committee as well as industry members a draft programme is prepared by the secretariat This is finalized after further discussion by the Administrative Committee The programme evolves flexibly throughout the year as the original work plan is adapted to events MEP requests and availability of speakers How are the speakers for the meetings decided The speakers are proposed by members Industry speakers are sought from the members and other speakers include representatives from consumer organisations the European Commission national and European regulators national ministries or academics The policy has been generally to have 3 4 speakers during events and to leave enough time for discussion The practical process of inviting speakers and managing the process is conducted by the Chair of the Administrative Committee with the assistance of the secretariat Who chairs the events The events are chaired by a Member of the European Parliament The Chairman of the Administrative Committee regularly informs MEPs about the upcoming programme MEPs that are interested in a subject or who

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  • Membership
    industry Financial Industry Members subscribe to the objectives of the Forum in particular supporting the establishment of a single integrated European market for financial services carry on the business of providing financial services or be an industry body representative of such organizations be incorporated or have a place of business in the EU or EFTA and be capable of meeting on a continuing basis all obligations of membership How to Join Organisations wishing to join must send a letter of application to the Chairman of the Financial Industry Members which should include the following information description of the candidate s activities written statement signed by the person responsible within the candidate organization that it complies with the objectives of the Forum and the obligations of membership Membership is effective as of the month following a decision to accept an application or any other date as agreed with the candidate organisation Non Member Attendance Policy As there are limitations of space at Forum events Members of the European Parliament have priority rights of attendance followed by members of the Financial Industry Committee Others who are not Members of the European Parliament or members of the Financial Industry Committee may still be

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  • How to join
    industry Financial Industry Members subscribe to the objectives of the Forum in particular supporting the establishment of a single integrated European market for financial services carry on the business of providing financial services or be an industry body representative of such organizations be incorporated or have a place of business in the EU or EFTA and be capable of meeting on a continuing basis all obligations of membership How to Join Organisations wishing to join must send a letter of application to the Chairman of the Financial Industry Members which should include the following information description of the candidate s activities written statement signed by the person responsible within the candidate organization that it complies with the objectives of the Forum and the obligations of membership Membership is effective as of the month following a decision to accept an application or any other date as agreed with the candidate organisation Non Member Attendance Policy As there are limitations of space at Forum events Members of the European Parliament have priority rights of attendance followed by members of the Financial Industry Committee Others who are not Members of the European Parliament or members of the Financial Industry Committee may still be

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