The European Commission has asked national governments to respond to a questionnaire about the ways in which they place the management of their national debt, with a view to determining whether it is now time for alternative platforms to be made available. At present, national debt management offices generally deal with specified groups of bankers (primary dealers) who are then obliged to trade the debt over a designated platform. The concern appears to be whether there is still a need for national debt management offices to concentrate liquidity on one platform – for example in Rome the designated platform is MTS – as opposed to alternative platforms.