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General information

The Polish Bank Association (ZBP)

Self-government organization of banks, established in 1991, founded on the  Chambers of Commerce Charter. Membership in the ZBP is voluntary and open for all  banks created under the Polish law as well as for foreign credit institutions branches  operating  in the Republic of Poland.

The statutory tasks of the Association include:

  • Representing  and protecting  common interests of member banks, inter alia with respect to legal regulations related to banking;
  • Delegating representatives to participate in the work of banking operations advisory and evaluating  bodies;
  • Participating in legislative work of  legislatory commissions of the Sejm (the Parliament lower chamber) and the Senate;
  • Cooperating with the National Bank of Poland, the government and the competent ministries in the area of operation of legal regulations applicable to the Polish banking system;
  • Organizing the exchange of information between banks;
  • Promoting of the banking sector and financial services;
  • Constructing of the inter-bank infrastructure;
  • Supporting the standardization of banking products and services;
  • Disseminating of knowledge in the area of banking;
  • Conducting conciliatory proceedings and amicable judicature for banks;
  • Promoting  of good banking practice rules;
  • Supporting professional education;
  • Co-ordinating of training programmes for banking staff.

Banking infrastructure institutions founded on initiative of and in cooperation with the Polish Bank Association:

National Clearing Chamber -KIR SA, 
Banking Telecom Company “Telbank” (currently Exatel);

Credit Information Bureau -BIK SA  (www.bik.pl); 
CERA Central European Rating Agency (currently Fitch Polska SA); 
the Polish Financial Exchange (currently part of CeTO);
the Centre of Banking Law and Information (CPBiI );
and the Warsaw Banking Institute Foundation. 
The Association is also a shareholder of First Data Polska SA (formerly Polcard SA) and  the International School of Banking and Finance in Katowice.

Within the Association there are  numerous consultative committees, councils,  task forces and other bodies.  Their objective is to  develop and issue opinions and positions in matters determining the correct operation of the Polish banking system.

Major bodies operating within The Polish Bank Association:

Supervisory Regulations Advisory Committee; 
Public Relations Council ;

Banking Security Committee ;
Accounting and Taxation Committee ;
Banking Staff and Training Committee; 
Polish Banking Qualification Standards Committee ;
Financial Market Instruments Standards Committee ;
Payment System Committee ;
Technical Committee No. 271 for Banking and Banking Financial Services ;
Depository Banks Council ;
Banking Cards Issuers Council ;
Funds Management Council ;
Polish Committee of SWIFT Users ;
Court of Arbitration;
Banking  Ethics Commission; 
Housing Finance Committee
Acquirers Committee
Commercial Papers Council
Electronic Banking Council
Banking Law Council
Banking Technology Forum

Representatives of the Association participate in work of the Bank Guarantee Fund Council.

The Association of Polish Banks is a member of the European Banking Federation (www.ebf-fbe.eu) /since 1992/, the ICC Poland www.iccpolska.pl /since 2000/, the International Association of Banking Security / since1997/ and the European Payments Council (www.europeanpaymentscouncil.eu) /since 2002/.

Awards

The Polish Banks Association is a founder of the prestigious journalistic Marian Krzak award intended for journalists and publicists dealing with the banking issues, and a co-founder of the Marian Kanton award for the best Master and Doctoral thesis in banking, with particular consideration of inter-bank settlements.

In 2000 and 2003, the Association was granted the Alice Award for all its activities, for establishing the institution of the Banking Ombudsman, and for the Campaign for Direct Debit. The ZBP  has also received the “European Pearl” award for the institutional input in the promotion of the European idea in Poland, and in particular for the creation of the Polish banking infrastructure.

The Banker’s Club in Warsaw (www.klubbankowca.pl) is managed by the Association.