On July 22, 2015, the European Banking Authority published a report, dated June 16, 2015, following a peer review of the EBA Guidelines on the assessment of the suitability of members of the management body and key function holders in banks. The EU Capital Requirements Directive provides that a bank must have at least two suitable persons who effectively direct the business. The EBA Guidelines set out the criteria and processes for banks and their supervisors to follow when assessing the suitability of proposed and appointed members of the management body and provisions for the assessment of key function holders. The peer review results show that national regulators mostly apply the EBA Guidelines, that best practices have been identified but that there is no harmonized practice amongst EU Member States in many areas of the Guidelines. The EBA intends to set out best practices in a revised version of the EBA Guidelines and to recommend a legislative initiative on certain points to ensure further alignment of practices among Member States.

The report is available at: http://www.eba.europa.eu/documents/10180/950548/EBA+Peer+Review+Report+on+suitability.pdf and the EBA Guidelines are available at: https://www.eba.europa.eu/documents/10180/106695/EBA-GL-2012-06--Guidelineson-the-assessment-of-the-suitability-of-persons-.pdf