Workshop on the Classification of Development Banks

Hosted by the ECB in Frankfurt on 13 November 2018

CMFB Workshop on the classification of development banks


Development banks cover a range of banks active on domestic or foreign markets to finance and support economic development (e.g. financing SMEs, “’green” policy or projects in developing countries). Their institutional, legal and economic set-up varies to some extent, and some are currently classified as Monetary Financial Institutions (MFIs) for statistical purposes. Several development banks have very large balance sheets and are among the largest MFIs in a given country. Others are small, e.g. because they operate only at regional level or carry out narrowly defined activities.

The workshop aims at bringing together the various dimensions relevant for a sound statistical classification of development banks.


13 November 2018

09:00 - 09:10 - Welcome remarks (Ms Caroline Willeke, Deputy Director General Statistics, European Central Bank)

09:10 - 09:20 - Introductory remarks (Mr Andrea Brandolini, CMFB Vice Chairperson, Head of Statistical Analysis Directorate of Banca d’Italia) 

Session I: Institutional framework

09:20 - 10:45 

Session I provides an overview regarding the setup of development banks in the EU and statistical representation of their activities. 


Mr Alfredo Cristobal (INE, Spain, NSI) 


Session II: Conceptual and national challenges for the statistical classification

11:00 – 12:30

Session II reviews the challenges statisticians face when classifying development banks. 


Mr Luca Ascoli, Acting Director of Government finance statistics and quality, Eurostat


Session III: Needs for policy-making

14:00 – 15:00

Session III aims at taking stock of user needs on the classification of development banks.


Ms Caroline Willeke, Deputy Director General Statistics, European Central bank


Session IV: Case studies

15:00 – 16:15

Session IV exemplifies the main business models of development banks and best-practices implemented in the monitoring of government intervention.


Mr Ville Vertanen (Tilastokeskus, Finland, NSI)


Session V: Outlook and expected outcomes

16:30 – 17:15 

This session offers possibilities of the work ahead. 


Mr Andrea Brandolini, CMFB Vice Chairperson, Banca d'Italia


Final remarks and conclusions

17:15 – 17:30